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.

Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
Bog River & Bog River Falls - Upstream This section of the Bog River is very scenic, but you can only go upstream so far. The put in is to... Read More
Massawepie Mire Hiking Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. The trail... Read More
Town Line Pond From the large parking area you can locate the trail in the back and follow it to an open shoreline... Read More
Deer Pond Deer pond is a very easy access from Massawepie Road and can be launched upon in a couple different... Read More
Douglas Rock This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a series of logging... Read More
Carry Falls Reservoir Hiking Carry Falls is the first of many reservoirs created by Brookfield Power on the Raquette... Read More
Lows Lower Dam to Hitchins Pond Paddling For this adventure you will have a short carry of only about 100 feet to the sandy shore... 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 Mire Hiking Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. The trail... Read More
Boottree Pond The carry trail follows an old forested road, long since changed over to a foot path. The trail... Read More
Town Line Pond From the large parking area you can locate the trail in the back and follow it to an open shoreline... 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
Lows Lake The remote and serene backcountry paddle into Lows Lake is the perfect spot for a multi-day... Read More
Piercefield Flow Paddling The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a... Read More
Black and Bridge Brook Ponds Hiking From the trailhead you will have a flat hike through an open forest, which is very quiet... Read More
Lower Horseshoe Ponds Lower Horseshoe Ponds is not an official name for these unnamed ponds. The road you will be parking... Read More
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... 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
Bog River Trail From the gate, pass through and ski along an old road and approach an old bridge over the Bog River... Read More
Lows Overlook This hike starts along a forest road which often gets DEC use to access Lows Upper Dam. The road is... Read More
Round Pond Round Pond is a part of a chain of ponds and lakes on the Massawepie Scout Camp property. A carry... Read More
Piercefield Beach Swimming Owned and operated by the Town of Piercefield, Piercefield Beach is a hidden gem along... Read More
Low's Ridge-Upper Dam Trail Low’s Ridge – Upper Dam Trail The Low’s Ridge – Upper Dam Trail is a scenic, remote, and diverse... Read More

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