drowned lands swamp

Located in Ancram, Drowned Lands Swamp includes 1.5 miles of trails and a great view from Old Croken.

This 114-acres site is part of the Harlem Valley wetlands complex, one of the largest wetlands in New York. The site has an interesting history – local folklore recounts stills operating during Prohibition. Reportedly, still operators used the flagpole at the top of Old Croken to notify potential buyers when batches were ready. Drowned Lands Swamp has a heavy black fly population, so you may wish to visit outside the summer months.

The trails at Drowned Lands are primarily packed earth, with some rocks. The Streamside Trail can be muddy, and the Summit Trail includes a steep incline.

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Guidelines for visiting

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654 County Route 3, Ancramdale
Town may appear as Ancram or Ancramdale, and the exact address number may vary


Birding, cross-country skiing,
hiking, hunting, walking


Benches at overlooks,
Nature Quest trail, weak cell reception


Wetland and forested trails,
migratory birds, Old Croken knoll

Trail traffic

Low – this is a great place for a quiet stroll

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