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Franklin County offers a variety of cross country skiing and telemark skiing to suit everyones ability. Please scroll down the list to find your perfect trail.

The following trail information was very generously provided by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Horse Trail Complex to Rat Pond, Bone Pond and Fish Pond

This area contains a number of short level loop circuits on both sides of Rt. 30, and an additional 5 mile bridle path to Fish Pond as shown on the map. Except for a steep spot on the Fish Pond trail 2 miles from the start, these routes are recommended for intermediate skiing.
From Saranac Lake, take Rt. 86 to Lake Clear Junction. Continue on Rt. 30 about 3 miles to the intersection of Forest Home Rd. to the left. The Department of Environmental conservation's Saranac Inn headquarters is found on the right. The trail starts just west of the headquarters. It crosses the old railroad bed and follows the railroad for 1/4 mile before turning into the woods to Fish pond. The short loops to Rat Pond and Bone Pond are indicated on the map, and are recommended for novice skiers.

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Cold River Horse Trail System

Originally laid out to provide experience horsemen with 30 mile circuits in a wilderness setting, this trail system also provides routes having widths and grades suitable for Nordic skiing. The distances are such that these complete circuits can only be attempted in winter by persons of extraordinary skill and endurance in combination with very favorable snow conditions. The winter use of these trails can, therefore, only be recommended as in-an-out routes. Of these, the Raquette Falls trip is the most popular involving a 10 mile round trip . From Tupper Lake, take Rt. 3 east 6 miles to Wawbeek Corners. Keep right on Rt. 3, pass Panther Pond, and turn right on Ampersand Rd. in the hamlet of Corey's, coming 2.4 miles from Wawbeek Corners. Pass the Stoney Creek Ponds on the left. The road is plowed in winter only to the bridge that crosses the Stoney Creek Ponds outlet. Limited roadside parking is available.

Trombley Landing

>From Wawbeek Corners, a short trail leads generally south to the Raquette River at Trombley's Landing, distance 1 1/2 miles. this route is suitable for novices.

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Hayes Brook Trail

The trailhead is located 3 miles north of the Visitors Interpretive Center, on Rt. 30. A yellow on brown sign marks a parking area on the east side of the road. The trail starts past the metal gate, and follows a truck trail through a pine plantation. After half a mile, you will cross the Osgood River and soon after, the trail makes a sharp left, climbing into more pines. The beginning of the trail covers rolling terrain, and then turns into fairly easy skiing, to Sheep Meadow where you will find lean-tos, and a horse shelter.

St. Regis and Fish Ponds Ski

The trail begins off of the NY State DEC Fish Hatchery Road located on Rt. 30, just about 10 miles south of The Visitor Interpretive Center. The majority of the trail to St. Regis and or Fish pond is flat except, for a long climb and then a long downhill. Park off the side of the road and ski to the railroad tracks, then turn left to follow the tracks. After a quarter mile, turn right into the woods along the Fish Pond Truck Trail. The track is wide, and relatively easy to follow, even when the DEC markers are not visible. It is less than a mile to the Pond. If you are continuing on the Fish Pond, the steep descent you encounter, will be less than enjoyable on the way back to your car.. Take a map and compass with you since the trail is not well marked.

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