Hidden Ridge Lodge is a southern Adirondack woodland estate with turn-key residential infrastructure and a large land base, combining to create a host of possible future uses. The comfortable, well-appointed Adirondack-style lodge can serve as a family estate residence or become a central headquarters for a new venture, such as a campground or cottage community, healthy lifestyles retreat, educational or summer camp facility or resort-style vacation destination, offering weddings, family reunions and other events. Other property highlights include:
Hidden Forest Lodge is tucked privately within a rural, forested landscape off Harrisburg Lake Road, 15 minutes west of Stony Creek Village in the southern Adirondacks. Stony Creek Village is a classic, Adirondack community with an historic inn, general store and comfortable tavern located at the town center. Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls are both 35 miles to the southeast. These communities are the regional population centers for the southern Adirondacks, providing an array of shopping amenities, health care facilities, entertainment, food and lodging. The nearest airport is in Albany, 90 minutes to the south. New York City and Boston are both a 4-hour drive to the south and east respectively.
Access to the property is via Darling Road, a dead-end, year-round, town-maintained gravel road. Darling Road turns off Harrisburg Lake Road, a corridor to Stony Creek Village and Harrisburg Lake. After passing the ranch home, Darling Road extends 1,200’ further into the property, after which it transitions into a privately-maintained driveway for 1,500’ to the lodge.
Around the main lodge are nicely landscaped grounds with perennial beds, stone walls and paths, and pastoral views of the surrounding meadows. The property’s terrain is shaped by its proximity to a large hardwood ridge to the north that runs diagonally from Bear Pen’s Peak to nearby St. John’s Lake. The property lies within a south-facing, hardwood basin along the lower and mid slopes of this ridge. Long, seasonal views of Vermont can be enjoyed during the fall and winter months from the ridgetop.
Trails throughout the forest offer hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and birding possibilities, The adjacent public lands further expand these opportunities, deepen the property’s privacy and protect it from future development on two sides.
Smears Creek meanders along the property’s southern bounds, representing a significant natural resource that complements the property’s upland acreage. This stream opens up into a beautiful wildlife pond and is surrounded by a picturesque mosaic of tag alders, willows and marsh grass - prime habitat for deer, beavers, ducks, turtles and numerous amphibians.
The property’s diverse northern forest can meet a variety of future management objectives including firewood, high-quality sawtimber production, wildlife management, recreation and water quality. Many of the property’s natural hardwood stands were established in the mid-20th century as the land reverted from agricultural use back to natural forests. These forests range in age from 50-70 years old, with a younger 20 to 30-year age class in some stands as a result of harvesting during that time frame. Major species include sugar maple, yellow birch, beech, aspen, oak and ash.
Constructed in 1996 by a local craftsman and home builder, the property’s year-round residence is a thoughtful reinterpretation of a traditional cape with the feeling of an Adirondack lodge. The interior offers a spacious 2,160 square feet of living space in an open floor plan concept. The lodge was specifically sited to take advantage of the afternoon sunlight that graces the site, providing a warm and light-filled interior that is comfortable throughout the year. Beautiful interior details provide an elegantly rustic ambiance. Stamped concrete floors resemble tile, hand-crafted full-log rafters make up the ceiling and a variety of wood species have been used for trim, cabinets and other details.
The lodge is divided into two wings. The wing to the right includes an open-concept kitchen, living room and dining room, centered around a beautiful granite fireplace. Upstairs are two bedrooms and farther to the right is a generous screened porch with kitchen facilities, perfect for outdoor meals and relaxing. The wing to the left is a master suite set up with a bedroom, bath and studio loft. The south-facing windows throughout the home provide close views of the nearby meadow and long, mountain views on the horizon. The lodge has been well-cared for with many recent improvements, creating a relatively low-maintenance home in move-in-ready condition.
Near the beginning of Darling Road sits a 1,500 ft2 ranch built in 2008. The three-bedroom home, in immaculate condition, and features an open floor plan and a handsome stone fireplace surround. There is a full basement with a drive-in parking bay as well as a separate three-car garage.
Two large barns, currently outfitted for horses, offer a wealth of possibilities. One of the barns is an historic 1840s vintage timber frame building that is approximately 28’ x 38’ and recently received a new roof. The newer barn has 3 horse stalls, a wash area, its own tack room and a hay loft. This building has electric and water service and is approximately 38’ x 38’. A small, separate tack shed sits near the newer barn.