Scenic USA - New York
Scenic USA offers a collection of select photographs from a wide variety of historic sites, points of interest, and both state and
national parks found throughout the United States. Each photo feature is coupled with a brief explanation.
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Upper New York State, a land deeply affected by the last ice age, is home to thousands of glacial lakes. The state's Adirondacks and Finger Lakes regions are among the most recognized, but a great deal of the state's not so famous lakes have been used for some form of recreation over the last few hundred years.
Just west of the Finger Lakes, anglers head to Trout Lake, where thousands of rainbows and lakers are caught every year. Today, the state’s hatcheries ensure Trout Lake lives up to its name, while deep in the north end of lake, landlocked salmon and walleye are also found holding among the structure. This area around Trout Lake was settled and farmed beginning in the mid 1800s. Some of these old lakeside properties still cling to their original cabins, spaced out along the shoreline. Summers are still enjoyed here just as they've always been since the 1800s.
Bordering Wolf Lake State Forest, one of the states reforestation projects, takes in over 4000 acres just to the west of Trout Lake. Here along the lakeshore, loggers once clear cut timber, floated it to the north end of the lake, and readied it for the sawmill. Purchased by the state during the mid 1900s, abandoned farm lands, still known as the Clark Farm and Reed Ranch, have been also been reclaimed and returned toward their natural state. Today, over 16 miles of hiking trails are woven into the reforested area. Constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, the Wolf Lake Trail System leads hikers through this remarkable conservation project.
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