Split Rock Wild Forest

Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman

Split Rock Wild Forest

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Split Rock
Peter Borelli

Rising dramatically thirty feet above the waters of Lake Champlain, Split Rock Mountain was known to the native Abenaki as Tobapsqua, "the pass through the rock."  It was at this natural landmark that warring Native American tribes, and later the French and the English, drew their boundary lines and declared their territories. 

Today, visitors come to the mountain and surrounding Split Rock Wild Forest to hike and picnic, or to explore the lake by kayak and canoe.  At the base of the mountain, on the western shore of Lake Champlain, the Split Rock Lighthouse shines its lights across the waters to neighboring Vermont. The lighthouse was commissioned in 1832 but not completed until 1867, and was only re-lit in 2003 after seventy years of darkness.

The Split Rock Wild Forest, a 3,700-acre parcel of the State Forest Preserve, is home to extensive wetlands, wooded forests, and farm fields. The timber rattlesnake also calls the forest home, its northernmost habitat in New York State.

In 1992, OSI helped to protect this diverse landscape by acquiring 1,800 acres, which was subsequently conveyed to the State. Nearby, OSI also ensured the permanent protection of a 400-acre farm, now owned and managed by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy.

 

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