Things to do At Independence River Cabin and other information.

Summer

Many hiking trails directly from cabin to access 76,000 acres of Independence River Wild Forest ,or drive to many other trail heads close by.A great little 2 mile round trip hike directly from cabin. From the end of my driveway go right ( easterly) about 1200 feet to the end of Sperryville Road. At this point it turns into a Stateland forest road called Bailey road. Continue easterly on the forest road about a 1/3 of a mile to "Proceeding Trail "on left (northerly). About a 1/4 mile bear right on to "Old Number 4 Trail", still heading northerly. Go about a half mile to "Elbow Trail" on the right. Follow Elbow Trail to scenic overlook on" Independence River" . Then continue on Elbow Trail another 1/4 mile or so which loops back to the Bailey Forest Road. Go right on Forest Bailey Road (westerly) back to Sperryville Road then back to Cabin. There are many other trails off the Forest Road Bailey and Old # 4 Road that access the many more Horse Trails and Hiking Trails on the 76,000 acres of "Independence River Wild Forest." foir miles and miles of Wilderness hiking, directly from cabin.

The most popular trail to hike nearby is Gleasmans Falls. The Trail head is about 3 miles away off Beachmill Road, then from parking area it is a 3 mile hike in to the Gleasmans falls. We also supply trail maps and information about the nearby trails at the Cabin. You can always hike along the Independence River Upstream from the Cabin, it is almost entirely State Lands , DEC. So take a hike along the River and explore the rapids, calm waters, waterfalls, sandbars, islands., great fishing holes, pristine forests, cliffs. Also you can tube down the River, you can drive on Bailey Road (on Stateland )located at the end of Sperryville Road and drive to the Old Bridge. Then from there you can tube down river one mile to the Cabin. Hike where not many hike too, be a wilderness adventurer, be bold.

For kayaking and canoeing Payne Lake is a small lake 3 miles away entirely on Stateland ,has small boat launch and dock. You can also Kayak parts of the Independence River upstream from cabin on Stateland. Near Lowville and Glenfield is a State Public Boat Launch for access to the Black River Scenic Canoe Route.

Go for a scenic hike at Whetstone Gulf State Park nearby and hike the “Gorge Trail”, very scenic. Also near Stillwater hike the Stillwater Fire Tower trail and climb the Fire tower.

Brantingham Lake is 12 miles away, Stillwater Reservoir is 21 miles, both lakes have state public boat launch. Also Francis Lake is a scenic lake and 12 miles from cabin. It is has a lauch area for canoes and kayaks and lake is almost entirely Stateland, it is on the Still Water Road so if you go to Stillwater Lake you can make a stop here.

I am providing a new home made brocheres for The Entire Independence River Wild Forest that will be available to you.

The Village of Lowville (Population about 6,000) is 10 miles away. It has some unique gifts and specialty shops and art shops. It also has 2 major Grocery stores a Wal Mart and a Tops. Just outside of Lowville is Millers Meat Market (actually you will pass by on your way to Lowville), has great custom cut meats and a great “Jerky Burger” great to cook on grill. Also visit Noltzs Country Store just north of Lowville on route 812. Also usually on Saturday nights they have concert series at the Lewis County Hisorical Society enjoy live music Café style deserts and coffee available.

For dining there are many Resturaunts in the area. I would recommend “Jebs” which is similair to an Apple Bees and is located on Shady Ave in the center of Lowville. Also the “Ridgeview” which is located just outside of Lowville on Route 12 . The Ridgeview is fairly new and has a modern rustic touch with timber frame construction, and cedar log chairs and tables. Also about 6 miles outside of Lowville on Route 12 is the “ Tughill Vineyard “. You can visit their wine tasting rooms and specialty shops. You can also tour the Vineyard outside on golf carts provided. Also usually live acoustic music Thursdays through Saturdays.

Visit the Croghan Maple Musuem 12 miles away and learn of the rich history of Maple Syrup production in Lewis County. Visit the Rail Road Musuem also in Croghan. Also in Croghan buy an ice cream at “Good Ol Wishys” an old fashion retro style soda fountain ice cream palor. Oh and also when your in Croghan do not forget to buy some fresh famous “Croghan Bologna” and stop by the “Croghan Candy Kitchen” and buy a great varity of homemade candies.

Go Horseback riding at Still Meadow Ranch, they have miles of new trails that wind through gently rollingmeadows and forests. Amazing views of the Adirondacks and the Black River Valley. Call 315-397-2239.

Visit and drive by the Tug Hill Wind farm just outside of Lowville and marvel at the many Windmills. There are designated Windmills you can drive too and park at base and take photos. You can also visit the Lewis County Historical society in Lowville. Also every Saturday visit and shop at the Farmers Market at the Lowville Fair Grounds Pavillion. Also every wensday morning is a small farmers market at the Lewis County General Hospital parking lot.

1000 Islands Region is 1.25 hours away, go on Uncle Sam Boat Tour commencing from the tourist village of Alexandria Bay. This tour is very scenic and can learn the history of the area ,also makes a stop at the famous Boldt Castle.

The tourist village of Old Forge is 50 minutes away. Visit Enchanted Forest and Water Safari, or visit the many specialty shops, or go on a diner cruise starting on First lake then going to Fourth Lake.

And of course if your really not into the tourist life, or crowded places you can always hang out at my beautiful cabin, sit on the porch and read, or invite a few friends over and start a campfire in our firepit and listen to the sound of the peacefull river.

Winter

Go downhill skiing at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin about 15 minutes away,phone # 315-348-8456. Also downkill ski at McCauley Mountain in Old Forge NY about 50 min away Phone 315-369-3144.

Go cross country Skiing , or snowshoeing ,from Cabin drive down to end of Sperryviile Road at snow plow turn around ,State parking lot ¼ mile from cabin. Then you can access miles of trails for skiing. There are also other places to access you can access trails nearby.

For Access to snowmobile trails directly from cabin you simply ride snowmobile from the my driveway 1/4 mile to end of Sperryville Road to plow turn around point at beginning of Bailey Road which is an unplowed seasonal road on Stateland, then connect over to trail to Stony Lake Road trail C8A. I have many neighbors camps on Sperryville Road and places that are "die hard "Snowmobilers who use this way to trails. You can rent snowmobiles from 4 different Places where you drive the snowmobiles directly from the shop that are right on the hundreds of miles of designated trails. The Snowmobiling in this area is a major recreation and people from all over the Northeast come here to take advantage of the high snowfall we have.

Snow Mobile Rentals,Kovach Repair in Brantingham 315-348-8172.Ridge View Lodge 315-376-2252. Flat Rock Inn in Martinsburg 315-376-2332. Timber View in Turin 315-348-8400. Tug Hill Snowmobile Rentals 315-387-2295.

Lowville NY which is 10 minutes away has a Public Ice Skating Rink at the Pavillion . And for the kids the Maple Ridge Farms has a snowtubing hill with tow rope that is usually open weekends and vacation days.