Caroga Lake Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Like so many towns in the Adirondacks, Caroga Lake found prosperity in the local industry that dominated in the nineteenth century: lumbering. Tanning and the leather business later became an important source of work and skins were sent to nearby Gloversville on a daily basis. Today, summer visitors help the economy with hikers, boaters, and golfers turning up to enjoy the surrounding lakes and mountains. Located on East Caroga Lake, the campground is generally flat with beech, yellow birch, and sugar maple along with the occasional hemlock and red spruce providing shade. Sites 118–129 are closest to the water and the boat launch while numbers 77–80 and 157–158 are next to the shower house (as well as the entrance booth). Hiking opportunities include the 5.4-mile Irving Pond Trail and a shorter path to the fire tower atop Kane Mountain on Canada Lake. Views of Hogback, Sheeley Mountain, and Pine Lake are worth the climb. Or visit the Caroga Historical Museum on London Bridge Road to tour an old farmhouse, a general store, a cobbler’s shop, an icehouse, and more."