Adirondack Adventures: Find a Swimming Hole

I’m staying at a cabin outside of Lake Placid, New York, for a short vacation. What should I do in the Adirondacks while I’m there?

Copperas Pond

Copperas Pond.     Photo: Dana Spencer/Flickr

A:There are roughly 3,000 lakes and ponds within the Adirondacks, and though many of the larger bodies of water, like Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Raquette Lake, are well known, there are legions of more hidden watering holes practically begging for you to jump in. One of the easiest to access from Lake Placid is clean, tree-encircled Copperas Pond, a short hike off Route 86 in Wilmington near the Whiteface Ski Area. Drive from the intersection of routes 73 and 86 in Lake Placid toward Wilmington, and look for the trailhead on your right after about six miles. The well-maintained but barely used trail climbs a half-mile to Copperas Pond.

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