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Bloomingdale Bog Trail

Adirondack Region

Family/Wildlife

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Trail Description

Location: The Bloomindale Bog Trail is located in the Adirondack Forest Preserve north of Saranac Lake-Loon Lake, Franklin County, New York State.

Length/Configuration: 9.8 miles (one way) out-and-back.

Terrain/Surface: Dirt, gravel, sand. Some sections overgrown with tree roots and subject to beaver activity flooding.

Technical Difficulty: Beginner to Moderate.

Elevation Change: Flat

Trail Use: Mountain biking, hiking

Caution: Black flies June - early July.

 

 

Bloomingadale Bog Trail Map

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

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General Description

See Adirondack Forest Preserve for trail regulations and other important information.

The Bloomindale Bog Trail follows the abandoned railbed of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad (D&H) extension of the old Chateaugay railway, a route created by the Chateaugay Iron Company in 1879 to transport charcoal and iron ore. The D&H extension connected Plattsburgh to Saranac Lake.

The level, sandy flats were ideal for laying track. The elevated, sandy pathway with many open views bisects the Bloomingdale Bog. It is one of the largest bogs in northern New York and is home to several boreal species of plant and animal life.

Bloomingdale Bog Mountain Bike Trail Description

Although the Bloomingdale Bog Trail is level, it's a mountain biking adventure through a scenic wilderness of boreal forest and bog and wetland habitat created by the Two Bridge and Negro Brooks. The trail varies in width; sometimes wide, sometimes grassy double track, sometimes almost dissapearing into a narrow singletrack lane. There are rooty rough sections, deep sandy spots and at times the path is completely submerged under a foot of water.

The bloomingdale Bog Trail trail provides a contrast to the heavily wooded trails that characterize most of the Adirondack region. Along the way you'll see an abundance of fascinating flora and fauna associated with wetland and bog habitat. Cranberry, orchids, insectivorous "pitcher plants", leatherleaf, black, red and white spruce, rhododendrons, balsalms, tamarack and bog rosemary.

Otters, osprey, black-backed woodpecker, gray jays, spruce grouse and yellow-bellied flycatchers may be spotted along the route. In the Fall, when the tamaracks turn golden, is one of the best times to ride here.

The trail intersects at various points along the way with other access roads:

At 3.7 miles: intersection with Rt. 192

At 4.2 miles: intersection with Bigelow Road (gravel).

At 6.1 miles: intersection with Merrill Road (dirt).

At 7.8 miles: intersection with Oregon Plains Road (paved).

At 9.8 miles: arrive at Rt. 30 (near Buck Pond State Campground).

You can shorten your route by parking at any of the other access roads and returning on Oregon Plains Road.

Directions

Southern end: Exit 30 off I-87 (Northway). Take Rt.9 north 2 miles to Rt.73. Travel on Rt.73 28 miles to Lake Placid. Take Rt.86 to Saranac Lake. Go about 1.3 miles north, past the hospital, take a right onto dirt road, bear left and park at gate.

Northern end: Take Rt.86 north from Saranac Lake to Gabriels, turn right onto CR30 and travel through Rainbow Lake to Onchiota. Park on access road to the Buck Pond State Campground.

 

 

More Information

Department Of Environmental Conservation
Region 5
PO Box 296
Ray Brook, NY 12977

Phone: (518) 897-1300

 

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