Lows Overlook

Lows Overlook is such a beautiful destination; it's hard to put a description into words! Overlooking the breathtaking Bog River, the views here will surely leave you inspired to explore this area further!

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 toward Long Lake. Continue for 9.1 miles to Route 421 on your right. Turn down 421 and continue for 6.5 miles to the old railroad station on Horseshoe Lake. Turn left on a gravel road once you've reached the end. Cross the railroad tracks on a secondary road and continue for 0.9 miles to a gated road on the left, park here away from the gate. You will have to hike, mountain bike, or ski to the trailhead for Lows Overlook.

By the numbers

  • Distance: from the trailhead, it's is 1.0 mile to Lows Overlook. But first, it's 2.3 miles from the parking area.
  • Overlook elevation: 2,170 feet
  • Elevation gain: 400 feet


This hike starts along a forest road. You may hike, bike, or ski this. The road is mostly flat and passes by what is called Hitchens Marsh on your left. This marsh is a massive expanse of land. The road comes to Lows Upper Dam at Hitchens Pond, which is a very scenic and historic location. 

The trail to Lows Overlook (or Hitchens Overlook, as it's sometimes called) is located on the right side of the road near the remnants of a couple buildings. No bikes are allowed on this trail; they must be left on the road. The trail is moderate and never gets really steep. The trail sweeps around the base and comes up the backside of the overlook along a long rock spine. To the northeast side of the spine there is a memorial to lows and very old carvings in the rock; it’s fun to explore. 

Explore more!

Read our blog post, Hike and Bike to Lows Overlook.