Cross Country Skiing in St. Lawrence County
BRASHER STATE FOREST
off County Road 50, Brasher Falls
or Rt. 11 at St. Lawrence Central School.
15 kilometers of trails
accessed from Parking Lot 6 across from French Hall, bear left at the Y
5 miles of trails
accessible from parking lot on hill campus by Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) by big green water tower.
CRANBERRY LAKE REGION
The Five Ponds Wilderness Area, southwest of Cranberry Lake is one of the most remote and least used areas of New York State. Penetration of this area in winter is a true test of wilderness skills. It is suitable only for people who carry and know how to use field repair materials and survival equipment. There are about 40 miles of trails in this area.
Starting point is the Village of Wanakena, which is 2 miles south of NY Rt. 3. The turnoff to Wanakena is 4 miles east of Benson Mines, and 8 miles west of Cranberry Lake. In Wanakena, cross a one-lane bridge across the Oswegatchie River. The High Falls truck trail goes straight ahead. For the Dead Creek Flow truck trail, turn left after crossing the bridge, and go one half mile beyond.
The Dead Creek Flow route covers more interesting terrain and reaches Dead Creek Flow, a long narrow arm of Cranberry Lake in about 2 miles. A red marked hiking trail goes around the end of the Flow to a lean-to on the opposite shore.
The High Falls truck trail is generally level for most of its length. The Leary trail, blue markers, branches to the left in 1.4 miles. In combination with the truck trail, it is possible to make a loop trip of nine miles. As the Leary trail contains a number of ups and down, this route is rated expert.
CRANBERRY LAKE WILD FOREST
Peavine Swamp Ski Trail
This trail begins on the south side of Rt. 3 east of Peavine Swamp. The main trail (3.9 miles) leads to the state lean-to on Inlet Flow. There are two loops at either end (3.4 miles and 1.2 miles) and a 2.1 mile loop in the middle.
DILLABOUGH STATE FOREST
7 km. of trails off Russell-Pierrepont Rd.
GLENMEAL STATE FOREST
Town of Pierrepont, off County Road 24, accessed from Rt. 68
The total distance of the trail system is 1.9 miles and is geared to the novice to moderate skier. Once on the trail it is possible to venture into a variety of loops which all interconnect.
HIGLEY FLOW STATE PARK
off Rt. 56, 2 miles east of South Colton, 19 km. of trails.
Trail Information & Map
HIGH FLATS STATE FOREST
Town of Colton, from County Road 58, right on Rodwell Mill Road, left jog to Crowley Road.
4.5 miles of trails, 2.6 miles of unplowed road used to complete the loop.
Colton, 7 km. of trails.
POSTWOOD PARK AND COUNTY FOREST
Hannawa Falls, 4 miles south of Potsdam
The main trail starts at Postwood Park parking lot and is comprised of two loops. The first and smaller, 1.6 mile loop is located on the west side of the River Rd. The other loop is located on the east side of the River Rd. and runs for an approximate distance of 4.1 miles.
SUNY POTSDAM LEHMAN PARK
4 km. of trails off Rt. 56, Potsdam
REMINGTON RECREATION CENTER AT PARTRIDGE RUN GOLF COURSE
Outer State Street, Canton, several miles of groomed trails, warm-up building.
begins on Southvile-West Stockholm Road, off Rt. 11B, 5 miles northeast of Potsdam
The trail's total distance is 2.3 miles and is for novice to moderate skiers
ROBERT MOSES STATE PARK
off Rt. 37, 3 miles north of Massena
25 km. of trails. Ski rentals, $10, snowshoes available for loan.
ST. LAWRENCE GOLF/COUNTRY CLUB
off Rt. 11, Canton, access behind Best Western, from Pike/Russell Roads, 25 miles of groomed trails.
UPPER AND LOWER LAKES WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
INDIAN CREEK NATURE CENTER - Rensselaer Falls
8 km. of trails.
There are several different trails at this location.
WILSON HILL WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA
The Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area is located in the Town of Louisville near the St. Lawrence River. From NY State Rt. 37, turn north onto NY State Rt. 131 to Willard Rd. Turn north and follow the road. The parking lot will be on the left.
The trail has a distance of 1.6 miles beginning at the parking area on the Willard Rd. The Nature Trail divides after a short distance. The left fork heads to an observation tower, the right fork, which is the longer trail, heads westerly and ends on the Wilson Hill Rd.
If you are in the area or new to the area and are looking for some guidance, visit Potsdam Après Ski Club.