From the trailhead you will drop steeply to the Oswegatchie riverside over an embankment. Once on the trail you will follow the course of the river. Occasionally the trail moves away from the river’s edge but returns frequently. The trail is very rocky with odd footing at times, so take your time when needed. In 2-miles the trail will bring you out to what is called Inlet, which is a major boat launch area for the Oswegatchie River. Use this road if you have a second car for a traverse, if not you will need to hike back along this trail.
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Follow Route 3 for 33.4 miles to CR61 (Wanakena Road) on the left. Follow here and stay straight on the main road to South Shore Road. Follow South Shore Road for about 100 feet to the trailhead parking on the right just before the bridge.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 2 to 3 hours
Experienced Hiker: 1.5 to 2 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 2 to 3 hours