Piercefield

A vibrant history

The town of Piercefield, New York, was founded in 1801 in a portion of the western Adirondacks that later became part of St. Lawrence County. At the turn of the 19th Century, the town was setting records -- it became well-known for having the largest hydropower dam in North East, and it's home to the highest producing sugarbush in the world!

In those days paper mills were booming, the logging industry was growing, spring water was being bottled at a record speed, and Piercefield, NY was thriving. The mill closed in 1933 and slowly the town of Piercefield transitioned from a booming industrial community to a tranquil residential and vacation home area just a few miles west of Tupper Lake.

Piercefield's roots haven't been forgotten. The history of this mill town still lives on at the Piercefield Museum, which is located in the former Piercefield School on Waller Street. 

The Adirondacks at its best

A variety of hamlets comprise the town of Piercefield, including the villages of Piercefield, Childwold, Conifer, Mount Arab, Eagle Craig, Gale, Gull Pond and Horseshoe Lake.

Visitors and residents alike consider Piercefield a gold mine of breathtaking natural attractions such as the Horseshoe Wilderness area, which is home to Horseshoe Pond, Bog River Falls, Hitchens Pond, and Low's Ridge. Located west of the village of Piercefield is Massawepie Mire, the largest peatland in New York state. Birders from across the region flock to the Mire for a glimpse of the increasingly rare Spruce Grouse, more than 18 species of warblers, and the common loon. The nearby Mount Arab is a popular year-round hiking trail which takes you to a beautifully restored fire tower and ranger cabin complete with an active steward and interpretive program to complement the breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.

Explore a four-season playground

Piercefield shines in the summer! The backcountry is never far away, making this Adirondack town an ideal base camp for hiking, paddling, fishing, biking, and camping.

In the winter, Piercefield's trails become a haven for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The Childwold Snowpackers, one of the oldest snowmobile clubs in New York, meticulously groom and maintain the trails. Riders not only populate the trails here; they can also be found congregating at the popular snowmobile destination the Thirsty Moose Pub & Grub in Childwold.  

But that isn't all that Piercefield has to offer. Browse through the listings below to learn more about what makes this Adirondack town so cool.

Douglas Rock This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a series of logging... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Little Pine Pond This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS... Read More
Long Pond Long Pond is just that, long and a bit narrower than others. Long Pond can be access from the north... Read More
Lows Lower Dam to Hitchins Pond For this adventure you will have a short carry of only about 100 feet to the sandy shore at Low's... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds From the trailhead you will have a flat ski through an open forest, but on a fairly narrow trail.... Read More
Mount Arab Mount Arab is a fire tower peak that's a short drive to Piercefield from Tupper Lake. This... Read More
Catamount Pond Catamount is best approached and launched from Route 3 along a narrow path to a small rocky ledge... Read More
Lows Lower Dam to Hitchins Pond For this adventure you will have a short carry of only about 100 feet to the sandy shore at Low's... Read More
Burntbridge Pond from Massawepie This can only be accessed from September 1st to June 14th when the Boy Scout camp is not in session... Read More
Long Pond Long Pond is just that, long and a bit narrower than others. Long Pond can be access from the north... Read More
Massawepie Lake The major boat launch for Massawepie Lake is a very popular destination and over the years has even... Read More
Bog River Trail From the gate, pass through and hike along an old road to an old bridge over the Bog River. Cross... Read More
Lows Lake The remote and serene backcountry paddle into Lows Lake is the perfect spot for a multi-day... Read More
Pine Pond This loop is entirely along old woods roads. Starting off on a gated dirt road you will hike... Read More
Bridge Brook Pond This pond can only be accessed from a paddle and portage from Tupper Lake. Once you have negotiated... Read More
Massawepie Mire Massawepie Mire Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. ... Read More
Lows Lake The remote and serene backcountry paddle into Lows Lake is the perfect spot for a multi-day... Read More
Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Wild Forest. Along the southern shore there is ample... Read More
Bridge Brook Pond This pond can only be accessed from a paddle and portage from Tupper Lake. Once you have negotiated... Read More
Catamount Pond Catamount is best approached and launched from Route 3 along a narrow path to a small rocky ledge... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds From the trailhead you will have a flat ski through an open forest, but on a fairly narrow trail.... Read More
Piercefield Flow | Fishing Directions to Access Points: From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in Tupper Lake follow... Read More

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