Located at the heart of the Adirondacks, the Moose River Plains are home to wilderness canoe routes perfect for a backcountry canoe-camping trip. Home to the largest block of remote lands in the Adirondacks, the Plains are easy to access. Paddle down the Cedar River Flow and enjoy hiking trails and fishing from the shoreline. Primitive campsites with a pit privy, fireplace and picnic table are located along the river, and are available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. The Moose River Plains Recreation Area offers a multitude of wilderness opportunities. A 25-mile dirt road bisects this extensive state-owned forest which contains sub-alpine mountain habitat, lowland boreal and hardwood forests, open plains and wetlands. Birders will want to look for boreal species along the main road or on one of the many side trails that lead to remote lakes and ponds--pick up a map at one of the entrance stations. Hike up to the Wakely Mountain firetower or explore nearby Cedar River Flow by canoe for even more birding opportunities. "The Plains" encompasses 50,000 acres and features more than 100 primitive tent sites, miles of trails and access to many waterways for paddling, hiking, biking, fishing, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and so much more. Note that some seasonal roads are closed in the winter so please park in a safe roadside location to enjoy snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
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