Don't let an intimidating name fool you. This little pond is well worth the effort. Great views and frequent wildlife sightings should put this short trip on your to-do list. Hike out on a well maintained trail, or make a morning of it with a short, but scenic paddle.
From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road, and turn left on Moose River Plains Road. Continue on Moose River Plains Road for 9.6 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is an access road that gets you 0.1 mile closer to the actual foot trail, but it is in rough condition.
The crushed stone lined path makes for a nice and relaxing hike back to a small kettle pond, where people flock early in the morning to watch Adirondack moose. The trail is flat for the entire distance, and in no time flat you are standing by a scenic pond that's bordered by a boreal forest.
- Elevation change: minimal
- Round trip distance: 0.8 mile
This trail is designated as a handicap accessible trail.
Don’t let this small pond fool you! It’s a beauty and worth the effort to reach, even if only for a short paddle. This is a frequent moose sighting location, but please do not approach the large animals.
How to get there:
From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet, follow Limekiln Road and turn left on Moose River Plains Road. Continue for 9.6 miles to the trailhead on the right. There is an access road that gets you 0.1 mile closer to the actual foot trail, but it is in rough condition.
- Type of launch: deep, shoreline
- Cart use: yes, well graded and flat.
- Portage/carry details: a 0.4-mile, handicap accessible trail.
- Type of water: small and well-sheltered
Shoreline fishing is limited to the area around the end of the trail. Boat access is canoe or kayak launch only, following a gentle 0.4-mile carry. While not a popular fishing destination, Helldiver Pond does contain some brook trout. This could be a fun spot to toss out a bobber while waiting for the famous moose to show his face.
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.