Palmer Lake State Forest

Davignon Road is a dirt road that provides public access to this forest preserve. This secluded area in the Adirondack State Park is excellent for a mountain biking adventure. Park your vehicle off to the side on Davignon Road just before the bridge over Daly Creek. Palmer Lake Cooperative Fishing Area is just over two miles up the road with an elevation gain of about 700 feet to the lake. This forest preserve is available to the public for fishing access from April 1st to September 30th. Public access is made possible with a cooperative effort between New York State and The Mettawee Lumber and Plastics Company. From October 1st to March 31st The Champlain Valley Sportmans Club leases the 2000 acres for hunting.

  • Town of Corinth
  • Size: 2000 acres
  • Length: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 700 feet
  • Scenery: Forest
  • Terrain: Gradual Climb

Trip Tip: Public Access is April 1st to September 30th

There is a parking area 1/2 mile past the NYSDEC sign at the end of Davignon Rd. Palmer Lake lies off to the west about a mile from the parking area. The small lake provides fishing, excellent birding opportunities, and beautiful views of the forest. There are several trails from the parking area. They are wide with deep ruts, due to past logging and present day four wheelers. The trails tend to be muddy in spots. On one of my scouting adventures, I tried to ride through some standing water and my bike and I sunk a good two feet into the muck, although the ride up the road and beyond was great. You definitely want to start your ride just off of West Mountain Road.

Directions: Davignon Road
Drive North out of Saratoga Springs on Rte. 9N. Before you come to the Town of Corinth, make a left onto Mosher Rd(Rte 10). There is a large sign for Great Sacandaga Lake and three smaller signs for Jenny Lake, Hunt Lake and Efner Lake. Mosher Rd turns into West Mountain Rd. Continue west for 8 miles. Davignon Rd is on the left just past the sign for the Town of Day as West Mountain Rd winds down a small hill. Park on the shoulder of Davignon Rd just before the bridge.