Photo Credit: Jerry Monkman


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Tahawus Heilman 2

                                                                    Carl Heilman Photo

Acquistion: 2003
Acres: 9700 
Tahawus Tract -High Peaks Wilderness Area
Town of Newcomb

Carved by a glacier, the 450-acre Henderson Lake lies on the 9,646-acre Tahawus Tract, southern gateway to the legendary Adirondack High Peaks region.  In 2003, OSI bought the tract and visitors to the region finally had the chance to see the beautiful landscape where the Hudson River is born. 

The land is now open to hikers, campers, and anglers, among others. Visitors can kayak or canoe along Lake Henderson’s serene shoreline or take a side trip to the headwaters of the Hudson River, which begins as a quiet and inconspicuous mountain stream. Anglers can spend a day fly-fishing on Upper and Lower Preston Ponds. Other adventurers can pitch camp along the popular Calamity Brook Trail while hiking to the base of Mt. Marcy, New York State’s tallest peak, seven miles due east of Lake Henderson.

Approximately 6,800 acres of the tract are now part of the “Forever Wild” Adirondack Forest Preserve while nearly 3,000 acres remain in private ownership as a working forest. OSI retains ownership of a small parcel at the summit of Mt. Adams, including its fire tower, which provides stunning views of the High Peaks.

Historic Preservation at Tahawus


Capital District
Hudson River Valley

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