Top Ten Ancient Forests of the United States

Five Ponds Wilderness, New York

The 50,000 acres of Five Ponds Wilderness stretches between Cranberry Lake and Stillwater Reservoir. This is one of the few locations in the northeastern United States where stands of virgin timber can be found. When early logging was in progress and the Oswegatchie River carried the softwood logs downstream to the sawmills, it was found to be impractical to haul the huge logs by horse and oxen from the Five Ponds area out to the landing on Wolf Creek. In addition to these spots, other points of interest to the hiker, camper, and fisherman are: High Falls on the Oswegatchie River; Cat Mountain; "The Plains"; and the numerous clear, spring-fed ponds, most of which support brook trout. The Oswegatchie is a fine canoeing stream and is used to reach the interior.

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