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Moose Pond Park

Property Details

Location: Lewis, Essex County, NY
Price: $262,000
Acres: 190
Type: Multiple Uses


The land is located directly off Route 9 in Lewis, NY, on the far northeastern boundary of the Adirondack Park. The immediate area is best known for Poko Moonshine Mountain, which is one of the East Coast’s premier rock and ice climbing destinations, to the north of the property. A public trailhead 0.75 miles north of the land leads to a fire tower on the summit of Poko Moonshine Mountain. You can access this trail by taking a short walk from the north property boundary.

This part of the Adirondack Park is quite rural. However, the region’s main commercial center, Plattsburgh, is a short half-hour drive to the north, with a small international airport. Lake Champlain is a 15-minute drive to the east, and the towns of Keene and Lake Placid are a half-hour drive toward the west, with multiple hiking access points to the High Peaks region.

For those who value city life, Montreal is a mere 1.5 hours away to the north, Albany, NY is 2 hours south, and New York City is just a 4.5-hour drive.


The land has excellent existing access with approximately half a mile of frontage along NY State Route 9. There are gated entrances at both the south and north property boundaries. The internal southern road is gravel, with good culverts and drainage, suitable for low-clearance vehicles.

An additional gated access to the property is on the northeast corner off NY Route 9. A short road leads to a large clearing where Cold Brook exits the beaver ponds and flows north. Due to its easy access from the state road, gentle grade, and the existing clearing, this area would make a nice house or camp location.

The property has 68 acres on the southeastern side of Interstate 87. Access to this portion of the land is challenging, which has been taken into consideration in the listing price. In the winter months, this part of the property can be accessed via a public snowmobile trail originating on the neighboring property to the south off Deerhead Road. However, the year-round access road is currently contested.

Site Description

The terrain along the upper northern and eastern boundaries is relatively steep, leading to several small cliff bands, part of the upper Poko Moonshine Mountain outcroppings. Cold Brook, which originates on bordering state land to the northeast and is a major tributary of the North Branch of the Bouquet River, drops dramatically along the northern property boundary in a series of waterfalls and chutes, before the grade becomes relatively flat, draining into a large natural bowl where there are a series of attractive beaver ponds. Several established campsites are around these ponds and accessible via a 0.8-mile hard gravel road, which originates at a gate off NY Route 9N at the southeastern corner of the property.

The forest is predominantly young mixed hardwoods, and various logging trails split from the main road, allowing ATV access to much of the property. From the main southeastern gated entrance, the internal road follows the southern property boundary, first climbing gradually to a small clearing with impressive views of the lower cliffs on Poko Moonshine Mountain to the north. The road then drops, crosses several small streams that have good culverts, and eventually splits, with the upper road dead ending at the border with state land where the public trail to the Poko Moonshine fire tower is a short walk away, while the lower road goes to an established campsite with a lean-to where Cold Brook flows into the first beaver pond.

Accessing the property from the northern gate off State Route 9N, a short driveway leads to a large clearing. Here, Cold Brook exits the beaver ponds and flows north.

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