The breathtaking Henderson Lake
Henderson Lake, Newcomb, NY
By far this is my absolute favorite place to paddle in the Adirondacks. It’s a little out of the way but the trip itself is worth it.
You’ll pass by a bison farm with a great little gift shop and meat store. Make sure to stop in because there are few places like this in the Adirondacks, plus you can actually view the bison from an observation platform nearby.
Once you head towards the trailhead in Newcomb, you’ll pass by a restored iron ore-smelting furnace from the famed NL Industries in Tahawas, so be sure to stop and visit this site as well.
From there, you’ll head north to the trailhead parking area where hikers park to access the trailheads that connect to that area. You’ll need a set of wheels for the half-mile portage into Henderson Lake. It only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to get there but you can enjoy the rapids that flow south along the trail. At the top of a small hill, you’ll come to the put-in on Henderson Lake. It’s at the south end of a cove that leads out to the main portion of the lake.
Paddle in any direction for the most spectacular views of what I think is the most beautiful wilderness lake in the entire northeast. You’ll see Wallface mountain, the stone dancers of the mountain, numerous waterfalls, and dozens of waterways that lead you into the wilderness for the paddle that you’ll remember forever. Plan to spend an entire day here because you won’t want to leave.