As part of their commitment to preserving lands in New York State and beyond, the Open Space Institute (OSI) has recently acquired a 1,285-acre property in the Southeastern Adirondacks. The piece of land includes beautiful Huckleberry Mountain, which the public will have better access to in the near future.
Photo Credit: Dave Kraus/courtesy Open Space Institute
The Huckleberry Mountain Project
Since 1992, the OSI has conserved roughly 28,000 acres of land in the Adirondack Park, protecting sensitive habitats and opening up the region for public enjoyment.
The acquisition of the 2,400-foot Huckleberry Mountain and the surrounding area is their latest success. The property features spectacular cliffs on the peak and a wide range of wetlands, ridges, and slopes that support threatened plants and animals.
In particular, there is a cold-water stream named Crystal Brook that is a prime trout habitat, large cliff faces for peregrine falcons, and wetlands that act as a heron rookery.
Although the OSI is the new owner of this important piece of land, plans are underway for New York State to take over ownership of this site and open it up for public recreational use in the future.
Where Is Huckleberry Mountain?
Huckleberry Mountain is located in Johnsburg, NY, right next to the state-owned Wilcox Lake Wild Forest and Crane Mountain. The newly-protected land has a recreational trail that traverses the mountain and offers breathtaking views of the forested area.
However, at the moment, a hiker would have to travel a few hours through the Wild Forest and over Crane Mountain to reach Huckleberry. The hope is that once the state owns the land, they’ll be able to develop a new and more accessible trailhead for the peak.