Wilcox Lake (via Harrisburg Rd)
This is a pretty, relatively flat hike, first along an old road marked with blue markers, then across a suspension bridge over East Stony Creek and up a hill on a red-marked trail. At the trail intersection, continue straight on the yellow trail down to the lake. A new lean-to on the east shore offers a lovely destination for a picnic or overnight camping trip. The lake is a great trout fishing spot.
More information at NYSDEC website
Location: Harrisburg Rd, Stony Creek
Parking and Directions:
From the south, take the Northway to exit 23. Turn left off the exit
and then right onto Route 9 North for half a mile. Turn left onto Judd
Bridge and then right onto River St/NY 418 W for 3.9 miles. Continue
onto Stony Creek/Warrensburg Rd for 8.6 miles into Stony Creek.
In Stony Creek, turn right onto Harrisburg Rd and continue for 11 miles
to the end of the pavement. For those without a four-wheel drive
vehicle, a parking area is available on the right and hikers can hike in 3.3
miles along the one lane dirt road to the trailhead shown on the map. Those with four-wheel drive vehicles can continue driving along
the bumpy dirt road, to a small parking lot on the right, just before the
creek crossing and a suspension foot bridge. The trail log book is shortly
past the bridge.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 7.64 43 24.18
Things to Do Nearby: Wilcox Lake Wild Forest offers numerous trails and enjoyable destinations for mountain biking, hiking, and camping. Many campsites line Harrisburg Rd, as well as the trail into and around Wilcox Lake. The nearby hamlet of Stony Creek offers a lovely park with a beach and summer concerts. Another series of trails, including some handicapped accessible trails, and an interesting local history museum are located at nearby Dean Farm.