REGION: Adirondack State Park TITLE: Otter Creek Horse Trails
NOTES: Northeast of Glenfield, the Otter Creek Horse Trails are a series of interlocking horse trails comprising about 65 miles. They are located on both the Independence River Wild Forest Unit of the New York State Forest Preserve and on the Independence River and Otter Creek State Forests on the western border of the Adirondack Park in Lewis County. The trail system uses a series of old, sandy roads and woods trails to traverse a beautiful diverse area with the trails winding their way along spirea flats and wooded areas, accessing picturesque Adirondack ponds and following or crossing Otter, Little Otter, Beaver Meadow, Chase, Burnt and Crooked Creeks and the Independence River.
The entire area is populated with wildlife, and with the trail passing through a variety of habitats you are likely to see deer, bear, coyote, fox, grouse,wild turkey, snowshoe hare and wide variety of bird life. Catspaw Lake and Pitcher Pond often have resident or migratory wild fowl on them.
The Otter Creek Horse Trail system is located approximately 48 miles north of Utica and approximately 7 miles east of Route 12. Take NYS Route 12 to Glenfield. Turn into the hamlet of Glenfield. In Glenfield, turn east onto Greig Road. Go across the Black River and in approximately 1.9 miles the road will make a T-connection with Pine Grove Road. Turn left. Proceed 1.2 miles and take a right turn (east) onto Chases Lake Road. The entrance to the trailhead parking will be approximately 3.4 miles on the right hand side of the road.
To reach the trailhead from Lowville, head east on CR26 for 4 miles. Turn right on CR39 (Pine Grove Road) for 0.75 miles. Veer left on Chase Lake Road and follow it as it winds around for 6.5 miles. Past Chase Lake and Sandy Pond Road, turn left on unnamed road to trailhead assembly area.
There is an Assembly Area with a trailhead parking area, 100 roofed tie stalls, two stud stalls, water system, three handicapped mounting platforms and handicapped toilet facilities.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: NYSDEC (315) 376-3521; NY Tourism (800) CALL NYS; Independent Horse Guides (315) 346-1049; NY Horse Council (315) 653-7774.
SEASON: Apr - Oct
BASE CAMP: Otter Creek Lodge, Glenfield (716) 377-7913; Chase Lake Resort, Glenfield (315) 376-6245