Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one of the fathers of modern forestry and the first chief of the US Forest Service.

This is a great place to see wildlife, in any season. Deer frequent the area. Look for brochures in the register box for information that corresponds with numbered stations along this easy interpretive trail. Discover describe the earliest efforts at professional forest management in this country.

This is a wonderful trail through a mixed forest of mostly evergreens. The trail was designed in a lollipop loop formation, so you can loop back to your car. The trail enters the forest and goes through a large stand of spruce and pines. At just over 0.25 miles the trail splits, heading right you can continue on a level course in a counter-clockwise direction. In under 1-mile you will be back at the intersection near a large glacial erratic.

From the intersection of Route 3 and 30, east of Tupper Lake, follow Route 30 toward Fish Creek. Continue for 1.1 miles to the trailhead parking on the left. Once on the trail, keep to the right to follow your route in, back to the trailhead.

1.1 miles RT, easy walk, elevation 1680' with less than a 20 feet ascent.

Less than an hour for any skill level. Family fun for all ages.

Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing

This loop trail makes for an excellent introduction to snowshoeing destination for the entire family. As you enter the trail you soon come to the trail register, be sure to sign in.

Once you start out the trail moves ever so gently through the forest with only small rolling hills. Large stands of pine tower over you as the open forest is easy to see through. About a half mile down the trail it splits and become a lollipop loop. The loop itself is quite short, only about 0.5 miles in total before it comes back to this spot. A tight canopy makes the snow a bit thinner in spots. For best snowshoeing conditions wait until later in the season.

Elevation: 1680 feet Ascent

Less than 20-feet Distance Round Trip: 1.1 mile loop

Approximate Time Round Trip: 1 hour or less

Trailhead Location: From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Once Route 3 and Route 30 split take a left and follow Route 30 toward Fish Creeks. Continue for just over 1.1 miles to the small trailhead on the left.

Difficulty: 1=easiest  5=hardest

One, perfect for beginner snowshoers and family fun.

Find out more

Read our blog post about this hike, Fernow Plantation.