Including portions of the Chazy Highlands Wild Forest
- Open for Recreation: Year-round
- Fee: Free
- Contact Information:
- Location: Towns of Dannemora, and Saranac in Clinton County and Towns of Bellmont, Duane and Franklin in Franklin County
- Wildlife Management Unit: 5C
- Maps: Sable Highlands Complex Map (PDF) || Barnes Pond PUA Map (PDF) || Cold Brook PUA Map (PDF) || Figure 8 PUA Map (PDF) || Saranac River PUA Map (PDF) || Google Earth || DECinfo Locator
The mix of lands in the Sable Highlands Complex creates a wide diversity of forested conditions, wetlands, wildlife, and open space complemented by an extensive road network affording public access.
The lands open for public recreation in this area consist of portions of Conservation Easement Lands in the Sable Highlands Conservation Easement and Adirondack Forest Preserve and non-Forest Preserve lands in Chazy Highlands Management Complex. Due to the proximity of access points and similar types of recreation in these areas, recreation information for portions of these two management areas has been combined. Any property west of the line formed by Standish Road and Route 374 is displayed on the Sable Highlands Complex map (see map). The properties to the east of this line are displayed on the Chazy Highlands Complex map.
The 84,000-acre Sable Highlands Conservation Easement (CE) is part of the conservation easement lands of the Adirondacks. Of that acreage, 55,895 acres continue to be leased by the landowner to private hunting, fishing and recreation clubs, while 28,105 acres divided among 14 designated public use areas (PUAs) are open to public access for recreation. Unlike the public roads open for use in designated PUAs, Linear Recreation Corridors (LRCs) are roads and trails that travel through private lease areas and provide access to the PUAs. They will be signed and managed to facilitate public access while minimizing the public's use on private club members' enjoyment of their posting leases.
Conservation easement lands are private property with an easement held by the DEC on behalf of the people of New York State. Conservation easements allow the forests to remain working forests while also providing public recreation opportunities. Public use is limited, however. Please respect posted signs.
Chazy Highlands Management Complex is over 60,000 acres of scattered parcels of land, including property on Upper Chateaugay Lake and Chazy Lake. The area has limited improvements.
Trail information for the Northeastern Adirondacks provides general information regarding backcountry and seasonal conditions; specific notices regarding closures and conditions of trails, roads, bridges and other infrastructure; and links to weather, state land use regulations, low impact recreation and more.