As autumn approaches, decisions must be made. What do I pull out of the cabinet this morning, a shotgun or bow? Paddle or pole? Hiking boots or bike rack?
Expect the woods and waters to be busy this coming weekend as families and individuals attempt their one last trip of the season. These folks are veterans of the One last cast before the summers over campaign.
Attempting to find a secluded campsite on Labor Day weekend will remain a challenge; as the woods seem to get busier every year. This is especially true in many of the parks most popular wilderness areas including the Eastern High Peaks, Lows Lake-Bog River Flow, Siamese Ponds, the Whitney Wilderness and the St. Regis Canoe Area.
However, many other nearby wild lands receive very little attention and/or camping pressure from the majority of visiting outdoor travelers including the Cold River-Northville/Placid Trail, the Five Ponds Wilderness near Cranberry Lake, Taylor Pond, Osgood River-Meacham Lake, Hayes Brook Horse Trail System and the Hoffman Notch Wilderness.
Although most of these locations are quite easily accessible; traveling in these regions will surprise wilderness area regulars with a distinct lack of traffic, the character of remoteness and opportunities to get away from it all. Get out and enjoy!