About Tom French

Tom French splits his time between the Adirondacks and the Thousand Islands from his home in Potsdam. More information about his writing can be found at Tom-French.net.

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  1. Doug Laubach says

    Good article…a relatively unexplored area of the ADK’s that you have described…have hiked and biked it before, never knowing where exactly I was at any time…wishing you might expand further on your travels around this area, it tempts me to go back in and bike more of it…my compliments.

  2. Chuck Brown says

    Great article,Tom. Sure would have liked a few maps and more photos interspersed though. As I’ve aged terribly, and can’t trek about as I was once able to do, your ADK ventures certainly go a very long way in helping to fill that void. Thanks!

    • Tom French says

      Hello Chuck — Thanks for reading the article and your nice comment. I will discuss your suggestion with the editors. I do have other pictures. Perhaps I can post them on Facebook. A map can be found on the DEC website here: https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/34715.html Click on the Cranberry Lake Complex East map. The Carriage Road is the red line heading southeast from the parking area at the bottom of Massawepie Lake. Although the Carriage Road is not suitable for vehicles, the Massawepie/Town Line Road is a lovely drive all the way to the gate south of the rail bed.

  3. william c hill says

    Another nice article- keep up the good work! I’ve visited that trek, it’s a neat change of pace, and the history is a bonus.

  4. Susan Smith says

    Great article Tom. Thanks for the shout out to the Grasse River Railroad efforts to expand access to trails in the region.

    • Tom French says

      Thanks Susan — Always a pleasure to share the history and promote the recreational opportunities of the Cranberry Lake area and Northwestern Adirondacks.

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