Cherry Plain State Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"When traveling along CCC Dam Road to Cherry Plain State Park, many visitors probably don’t think twice about what the CCC stands for, but without it the park wouldn’t offer much for today’s campers. President Franklin Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 as part of the New Deal. The CCC gave young men a chance to work and helped improve the nation’s resources during the difficult years of the Depression. For almost 10 years, different CCC groups worked around the country, often in flood control and in the establishment of state parks. In New York State, the Corps was instrumental in constructing the trails and buildings that are still used today throughout the park system. In Cherry Plain, they dammed Black Brook, creating Black River Pond. Though the park didn’t open to the public until the early 1960s, the pond has always been its glimmering centerpiece."