Peavine Swamp Trail
Peavine Swamp Trail – Hike 0.25 miles on Ranger School land to the State-land boundary (Cranberry Lake Wild Forest). Continue on this yellow-marked trail another 0.7 miles to intersection with Peavine Swamp Loop 3 trail. Bear left/north to follow the CL50 and the main trunk of the Peavine trail. A turn right here will take you to a lean-to campsite along the river, a 0.5 miles side trip. Follow the main trunk of the Peavine Swamp Trail as it tracks northeast through late-successional forest. Along the way you will pass junctions (on your right) for the Peavine Swamp side loops 3, 2 and 1 (designed as cross-country ski loops). You will pass a campsite on your right at 2.9 miles, and beyond that, at 3.7 miles from the initial Loop 3 intersection described above, you will reach an intersection with Peavine Swamp Loop 1 trail. Note that the NYS Route 3 parking area for the Peavine Swamp Trails is only 0.3 miles further north.
To continue on the CL50, turn right, following Peavine Swamp Loop 1 trail for 0.9 miles. Now turn left/north, following a newly constructed trail. Cross a wooden bridge and continue to State-land boundary at 0.8 miles from last junction. Continue straight, now crossing onto NYS Conservation Easement land (private land that the public has permission to use in this case). At 1.4 miles you will reach a parking area on the Columbian Road. This parking area is used by boaters as well as hikers. Total distance from Ranger School to Columbian Road is 7.7 miles.