Henry's Woods, which is owned and maintained by the Uihlein Foundation, is a community preserve located just outside of the village of Lake Placid. And now for a brief history lesson - not that long ago, this plot of land was relatively undeveloped. Over the course of two years, the directors of the Uihlein Foundation discussed plans for the best utilization of the property. In 2005 the decision was made to develop the property for recreational endeavors (hiking, running, mountain biking, snowshoeing) as Henry Uihlein was an outdoor recreational enthusiast. So it began; trail work in Henry's Woods commenced in 2006 by following an old Bridle Path developed by the Lake Placid Club. In 2008 Henry's Woods opened to the public and in the following year more trails were added with options for loops and more aggressive terrain.
The question is; will Henry's Woods keep growing? Yes, it is seen as an expanding trail system that will continue over the next few years. There are 100 adjoining acres called the "Backwoods" and 600 additional acres referred to as the "Heaven Hill" property. Heaven Hill can be found on most topographical maps and is noticeably an area with amazing land features for recreation. We are very excited to see what the new trails have to offer as I am sure you will be too; once you see what Henry's Woods already has in store for you.
With all that being said; the caretakers and the Uihlein Foundation ask that you utilize them but be respectful of the property. Use environmental ethics, recreational ethics, respect and the, sometimes all too uncommon, common-sense when using them. With Henry's Woods developed for all to use, this is the first time it will be truly be described in a guide book. The property is already getting heavier use than expected so it will take everyone to keep it in the pristine shape that you will find it in when you get there.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Jim McKenna for taking his time to answer our many questions; Ray Curran and Craig Cheeseman for supplying us with the trail system map; and everyone at the Uihlein Foundation for permitting us to share this local gem with all of you.
For more information in regards to Henry's Woods Trails you can contact them at (518)523-3061 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry's Woods five trails are set up as follows:
Connector Trail: This trail is the initial trail that accesses the trail network. Starts out flat and climbs slightly to the Loop Trail. 0.3 miles in length, 10 minutes travel time.
Loop Trail: This trail is the longest trail in the network and is used to access the Plateau, Switchback, and Rocky Knob Trails. In a counter-clockwise direction it drops slightly to cross a bridge and circumnavigates a high plateau. On the back side of the loop it climbs modestly to the top of the high plateau before descending back down to its beginning. 2.0 miles in length, 30-40 minutes travel time.
Switchback Trail: This trail is the shortest and steepest trails in the system. Starting from the Plateau Trail the trail descends slowly to the first switchback before a steeper grade is met with a couple more switchbacks. The trail exits onto the low side of the Loop Trail. 0.25 miles in length, 5-10 minutes travel time.
Plateau Trail: This trail is mostly flat and is accessed off the Loop Trail. It follows along the edge of a long plateau and horseshoes back to the Loop Trail. There are outstanding views from a couple key points along the trail. 0.9 miles in length, 10-15 minutes travel time.
Rocky Knob Trail: This trail is premier trail of the system and leaves the Loop Trail. It climbs rather aggressively with several small switchbacks to alleviate the steepness in areas. It is rather rocky in spots and can be slippery underfoot. The high point of the trail system is along this trail and is formally known as Rocky Knob. From the summit there are great views of Village of Lake Placid and the surrounding area.
From the summit the trail descends to a second lookout that looks out over the High Peaks Region. The descent isn't as steep as the climb and offers some travel through an attractive open forest. The trail exits back onto the Loop Trail a bit further up. 0.9 miles in length, 30 minutes travel time.
Henry's Woods Trailhead: From the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Continue 0.2 miles to Station Street on the right. This road is the first right after you cross the Chubb River. Follow this road for 0.75 miles to Old Military Road. Take a left on Old Military Road and follow for 0.9 miles to Bear Cub Lane on the right. The trailhead is a couple hundred feet up on the right.
4.5 miles RT, Easy loop
Time in hours:
Family with Young Kids: Round Trip: 2.5
Experienced Hiker: Round Trip: 1.0
Out of Shape Hiker: Round Trip 2.0