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 the northeast, and it's home to numerous maple syrup-producing sugarbushes!

In those days paper mills were booming, the logging industry was growing, spring water was being bottled at a record speed, and Piercefield 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 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 Lake Wild Forest, 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 in the summer 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.

The Thirsty Moose Cabins The Thirsty Moose Pub and Grub offers cabin rentals year round. Cabins sleep 3 to 4 people and... Read More
Piercefield Museum In a large classroom on the second floor of the former Piercefield School, you will find a treasure... Read More
The Thirsty Moose Cabins The Thirsty Moose Pub and Grub offers cabin rentals year round. Cabins sleep 3 to 4 people and... Read More
Mt. Arab Lodge & Cottages Choose one of our rustic Adirondack cottages for your vacation and relax in a cozy lake front cabin... Read More
Purdy Things at Jane's Place Stop into Purdy Things at Janes Place!  Specializing in repurposed, antique, and vintage home... Read More
Leather Artisan The Leather Artisan custom handcrafts, from the highest quality domestic leathers, a wide variety... Read More
Leather Artisan The Leather Artisan custom handcrafts, from the highest quality domestic leathers, a wide variety... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... 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
Bridge Brook Pond This pond can only be accessed from a paddle and portage from Tupper Lake. Once you have negotiated... Read More
Piercefield Flow Paddling The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a... Read More
Lows Overlook Hiking This hike starts along a forest road which often gets DEC use to access Lows Upper Dam. The... Read More
Boottree Pond The carry trail follows an old forested road, long since changed over to a foot path. The trail... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Massawepie Mire Hiking Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. The trail... Read More
Horseshoe Pond Horseshoe is possibly the most attractive pond in the Massawepie Area and one that might be... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds This is a relatively new trail and not on most people’s radar so it gets much less use that other... Read More
Horseshoe Lake Paddling Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds This is a relatively new trail and not on most people’s radar so it gets much less use that other... Read More
Piercefield Flow Paddling The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a... 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
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
Carry Falls Reservoir Carry Falls is the first of many reservoirs created by Brookfield Power on the Raquette River. This... Read More
Massawepie Mire Hiking Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. The trail... Read More

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