Cranberry Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Adirondacks’ rugged terrain and dense woodlands made most of the area inhospitable for American Indians as well as for early settlers. The region served mostly as a battleground during colonization, and as farming settlements pushed westward after the American Revolution, the region lay mostly undiscovered. As the Industrial Age came into full swing, the region was exploited heavily for timber and minerals, but along with this exploitation came the region’s first vacationers. Following their arrival, a growing acceptance of the inherent value of wilderness, along with recognition of the devastation wrought by the demands of industry in the area, created a movement to preserve the remaining wilderness. Consequently, the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve was created to preserve these lands. The campgrounds at Cranberry Lake are adjacent to 150,000 acres of forest-preserve land, making it an ideal place to begin exploring the Adirondack wilderness."