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Hiking and Multi-Use Herkimer County Trails.

Some trails may be designed for multi-use, which means during the summer, they could be a combination of hiking or bicycling. Please be sure to check before you start out biking to be sure it is allowed on that particular trail.

Nick’s Lake Loop Trail

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From State Route 28 in Thendara, turn onto Birch Street, which is adjacent to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. At your first intersection, Beech Street, turn right. At the next intersection, bear right onto Green Bridge Road.


Follow Green Bridge Road to the next intersection, Joy Tract Road, and take a right onto it. At your next intersection turn right onto Bisby Road. Follow Bisby Road down to the first road on the right, which is the entrance to Nick’s Lake Campground, and turn into the campground. Follow the main campground road all the way to the very end, which is a large parking lot by the dayuse area and beach. (NYSDEC)



Approximately 2 miles and 9 miles (NYSDEC)



From the parking lot, follow the footpath towards the beach. Walk to the far end of the beach, and down towards the shoreline. The Nick’s Lake Loop trailhead is here, and is marked by a small sign. Trail markers are yellow. The trail enters the woods, follows the contour of the shoreline, and crosses over part of Nick’s Lake on a long footbridge. From here the trail parallels the shore for roughly three quarters of a mile through mixed coniferhard-wood forest with frequent views of the lake, and then crosses over Nick’s Lake outlet on another footbridge. After crossing over Nick’s Lake outlet, the trail then begins to ascend uphill, and further away from the lake. At about the 1 mile mark, there is a trail intersection with the trail to Remsen Falls to the left, and the Nick’s Lake Loop Trail to the right, so head to the right. Continuing to follow the Loop trail, it winds its way through mainly hardwood forest for 0.9 mile un-til you reach another trail intersection. To the left is the trail to Nelson Lake, and the Loop trail continues to the right, so bear right once again. After another three quarters of a mile you will come to another trail intersection, this one for the trail that comes out on Bisby Road. Bear yet again to the right to continue on the Loop trail. Now the lake will be coming back into view, and 0.25 mile past the previous trail intersection there is a small spur trail that leads down to the shore of the lake. This is a nice grassy open spot that is perfect to take a break and maybe have a picnic lunch. The final leg of the trail is approximately 1.25 miles, exiting the hardwood forest and entering into groves of White Pines and Hemlocks.


As you near the end, you will be passing close by to various campsites that may be occupied, so please respect the privacy of the campers. The trail fi nally exits onto one of the campground roads, by a large boulder. Take a right down this road, and then a right onto a second road. This will bring you back to the main parking lot where you started. (NYSDEC)









Herkimer County Trails

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