Cranberry Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Shade, privacy, the third largest body of water in the Adirondacks, and 50,000 acres of wilderness to explore make Cranberry Lake a place that deserves to be on every camper’s bucket list. Much of the land that now surrounds the campground once belonged to lumber and paper companies, but gradually came under state control beginning with a donation to the New York Ranger School. Visit at the end of the season and you might find some of the tart red berries that give Cranberry Lake its name ripening on low bushes near streams and ponds. Each of the eight small groups of campsites here has a comfort station, while the shower house is next to the amphitheater at the center of the campground, close to sites 167–172. Roughly threedozen of them are on the water; sites 105 and 114 are handicapped accessible. Recreational programs for kids are scheduled from the end of June to Labor Day. Leaving from the campground itself, the 2.4-mile Bear Mountain Trail is a loop offering a challenging climb and scenic vistas to the novice hiker. The Burntbridge Pond Trail and the Dog Pond Loop can also be reached from Cranberry Lake by starting out toward Bear Mountain. Given the setting, paddling and boating are also popular activities here—sites 62–66 are closest to the boat launch."