This short hike is perfect for a family, especially during the splendor of fall.
The Falls Pond and West Canada Wilderness Area trailhead has a large parking area leading to some 4,000 acres of pristine forest. Start your hike along an old forest road that quickly becomes an attractive walk through a lush hardwood forest. After 1.5 miles the trail to Falls Pond will come in on the right. An old metal sign on a post and a new wooden sign on a tree mark the trail intersection. From here it's a slight but steady 0.45-mile descent to the shore of Falls Pond.
Location: The parking area is a 13-mile drive in from the Moose River Plains Wild Forest's Limekiln entrance in Inlet. It's 9.1 miles to the big T intersection, then bear right and continue on the Otter Brook Road as it crosses the Moose River and Otter Brook bridges before reaching the Falls Pond parking area on left. The access road has a gravel and dirt surface.
Distance: 2.1 miles one way to the lake. It can take more than 5 hours to complete this hike.
Important additional information
Falls Pond is located in a wilderness area, so no mountain bikes or motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails or in forests.
Winter Overview: Not recommended. Moose River Plains is a snowmobile corridor and not open to cars or trucks in the winter.
Falls Pond is a fantastic lake to swim in.
Shoreline Fishing: Decent access
Boat access: Would require a long carry.
Insider Tips: At a maximum depth of only 10 feet, this small pond offers stream trout for the taking. The stream trout here aren't very big, but they are fun to catch.
Fish Species Types: Stream trout
Special Regulations: Always follow state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional DEC office.