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.

Mount Arab Mount Arab has so much to offer that you’ll find yourself returning to this mountain again and... Read More
  
Horseshoe Pond Horseshoe is possibly the most attractive pond in the Massawepie Area and one that might be... 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
  
Pine Pond This loop is entirely along old woods roads. Starting off on a gated dirt road you will hike... Read More
  
Piercefield Flow Paddling The Piercefield Flow is a section of the Raquette River that has been flooded due to a... Read More
  
Piercefield Beach Swimming Owned and operated by the Town of Piercefield, Piercefield Beach is a hidden gem along... Read More
  
Lows Overlook Lows Overlook is such a beautiful destination; it's hard to put a description into words!... 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
  
Bog River Falls Just a few miles south of Tupper Lake, you will find a “must visit” location during your Adirondack... Read More
  
Massawepie Lake Paddling The major boat launch for Massawepie Lake is a very popular destination and over the... 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
  
Horseshoe Pond Horseshoe is possibly the most attractive pond in the Massawepie Area and one that might be... 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
  
Deer Pond Deer pond is a very easy access from Massawepie Road and can be launched upon in a couple different... Read More
  
Little Pine Pond This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS... Read More
  
Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch... Read More
  
Pine Pond To access Pine Pond you will need to paddle across Massawepie Lake and locate the western most bay... Read More
  
Horseshoe Lake Horseshoe Lake is located in the Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest. There are three perfect launch... 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
  
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
  
Catamount Pond Paddling Catamount is best approached and launched from Route 3 along a narrow path to a small... 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
  
Massawepie Lake Paddling The major boat launch for Massawepie Lake is a very popular destination and over the... Read More
  
Lows Lake The remote and serene backcountry paddle into Lows Lake is the perfect spot for a multi-day... Read More
  

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