The Boy Scouts of America, Revolutionary Trails Council, has engaged Fountains Land, Inc. to bring the 4,193-acre Cedarlands Scout Reservation to the market for the first time in over five decades. Cedarlands’ expansive scouting campus, two pristine lakes and six square miles of managed, conserved timberlands represent a very rare purchase opportunity within the heart of the Adirondack Park. Highlights include:
Cedarland Scout Reservation is ideally located in the heart of the Adirondack Park within the popular four-season resort community of Long Lake. The surrounding region is nestled centrally within the "Blue Line" and lies in the remote, high mountains of Hamilton County. This region of the Adirondacks is a perennial favorate destination for summer vacations, camp retreats and family estates.
Cedarlands Scout Reservation is easily accessed from the end of Kickerville Road, a town-maintained artery connecting the neighborhood with the nearby Route 30 corridor. From the end of the town-maintained section of Kickerville Road, the road continues as a private drive known as Walker Road. Upon crossing Big Brook, the property begins on the left and then the road continues to the Triple Gates Area at the main entrance to the campus.
Cedarlands' expansive scouting campus, two pristine lakes, and six square miles of conserved timberland represent a once-in-a-generation waterfront purchase opportunity within the heart of the Adirondack Park. Cedarlands has all the key elements of a classic group camp facility or private Adirondack great camp estate. The focal point of the property is stunning McRorie Lake, a 400-acre pristine lake with extensive beach frontage and magnificent mountain views.
Complementing Cedarlands Scout Reservation's spectacular lakefront campus are over three thousand acres of productive Adirondack forestlands, paving the way for long-term asset appreciation, wealth preservation, and periodic harvest income. Cedarlands' diverse, professionally-managed forest resource includes a high-value species mix, driven by sugar and red maple, the birches, ash, cherry and spruce-fir.
A new timber inventory was conducted in the summer of 2015, providing updated data concerning species composition, volumes and other information. This data is summarized in the timber section of the property report, which can be found by following the link at the right of the page.
Cedarlands’ Base Camp and its beach front sit along the south shore of McRorie Lake. This is a central location for swimming, beach volleyball, horseshoes, fishing, launching boats and enjoying the views of nearby OA, Walker and Masters Mountains. From the waterfront, it’s an easy canoe trip out to scenic Loon Island or you can follow the McRorie Lake Trail around the western shoreline of the pond to the western and northern shores of the lake.
McRorie Lake is reported to be 45 feet deep with an average depth of 10 to 15 feet. The deepest part of the lake is in the main body of the lake just east of Loon Island. Popular game fish include largemouth and smallmouth bass and yellow perch. The conservation easement allows public access on McRorie Lake in small, non-motorized boats. The ownership retains the right to use boats with motors of 10 horsepower or less.
The 60-acre Mud Pond (also known as Scout Pond) lies south of the Base Camp and offers excellent fishing, wildlife viewing and quiet boating. Its reported maximum depth is 20 feet. Popular fish species include largemouth bass, yellow perch and brown bullhead.
The McRorie Building, the 2,300-square-foot main lodge and trading post built around 2010, is the center-piece of the campus. Its cathedral ceilings, Adirondack-style architecture and decor could serve equally well as a private family lodge or as an office for a future group camp facility.
Other central buildings include the Commissary, a 2,200-square-foot provisions building, the Caretaker’s Workshop, a 3,198-square-foot workshop and storage building, the Trek Center, a 456-square-foot outfitting building, and the Farmhouse, a 1,504-square-foot infirmary and lodge. These structures were all part of the historic Walker estate and have been carefully maintained in the ensuing decades. In addition, there is a 2,304-square-foot outdoor dining pavilion, various cabins for lodging, a bath house and several storage buildings. Some of these structures are recent and some remain from the Walker Estate era.
The Revolutionary Trails Council entered into a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy and New York State Department of Conservation in 2002. The goal of the easement is to protect Cedarlands Scout Reservation’s significant natural resources and biodiversity for future generations, to limit future development opportunities to the Base Camp area of the property and to allow for limited public recreational access to portions of the campus. Throughout the property, no timber harvesting is allowed within a designated 300’-wide wetlands and water buffer.