Buckhorn Lake

Buckhorn Lake

Hiking and snowshoeing

This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls follows along the famous Northville-Lake Placid trail, and is approximately 1.3 miles (one-way) with a slight elevation gain as you travel towards the falls. Buckhorn Lake, also known as "Fiddler's Pond," is a great destination. You will pass by a lovely marsh on the left before coming to a footbridge over the outlet. Take a left at the bridge, onto the unmarked path that follows the west bank of the brook. Be sure to have a map and compass packed. You'll come to a beaver dam on a narrow bay of the shallow lake. Poplar Mountain towers above the far end of the lake and the slopes of Buckhorn Mountain come down to meet the water to the east.

Difficulty Level: Easy/Moderate

Elevation Gain



1,810 feet

Round Trip Distance

2.6 miles

Most hikers can complete this trek in less than 3 hours.


Directions to access points: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 8 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just over 3.5 miles to the Northville-Placid Trailhead on the right.

Shoreline Fishing: This is a very shallow lake but there is a bit of shoreline fishing on the south end.

Boat Access: None

Insider Tips: If you enjoy catching small stream trout, this could be the place for you.

Fish Species Types: Trout

Special Regulations: Always follow New York state fishing regulations and be sure to pick up a NYS Freshwater Fishing Guide at your local outfitters or regional NYSDEC office.


This relatively easy 3-mile round trip hike follows the Northville-Placid Trail south through mixed hardwood forests of spruce, hemlock, and yellow birch. Habitats in the area include woodlands, marshland created by a beaver dam, meadows, and ponds.

Potential sightings: nesting waterfowl such as common loons and several duck species at the lake. Also look for woodland warblers, winter wrens, and golden-crowned kinglets along the trail. Alder flycatchers may also be seen in the wet thicket to the south of the lake.

Additional information

Buckhorn Lake is also known as "Fiddler's Pond".

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