Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but perfect hike to a safe, floating walkway, and observation post. There is only parking for three vehicles — if the lot is full, be sure not to block traffic. Ferd's Bog is birding hotspot, so be sure to bring your binoculars!
Designated an "Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society, Ferd's Bog is home to boreal birds that are rare in New York State. Tamaracks, pitcher plants and many other bog plants abound here.
Follow Route 28 southwest out of Inlet. About 1 mile past the trailhead for Rocky Mountain is Uncas Road on the right. Turn onto Uncas Road and drive 3.75 miles to the Ferd's Bog Trail on the left.
From the parking area, climb over a small embankment before starting a gentle descent to the edge of the bog. Once at the edge of the bog you will come to a long boardwalk that almost seems to disappear into the horizon. In the midst of this Adirondack bog you are offered the surveillance of many bird species!
This is an easy 0.6 miles roundtrip hike.
During July and early August, the bog is beautifully covered beautiful bog plants. Bring your book, binoculars, and camera. You will need them.
The trail into to the bog is only 0.3 mile, one way. Watch for boreal birds along the trail. Listen for woodpeckers and check each one out, as it may be a super rare American Three-toed Woodpecker, not to be confused with the similar-in-appearance Black-backed Woodpecker.
On the boardwalk at the end of the trail, keep your eyes open for Canada Jays. During breeding season until mid-July, look and listen for Olive-Sided and Yellow- Bellied Flycatchers, and Nashville Warbler, Northern Parula, and Palm Warbler, and Lincoln’s, Swamp, and White-Throated Sparrows. There are Great Blue Herons beyond the tall pines to the north.
Ferd's Bog is part of the NYS Birding Trail. This trail is not a physical trail, but a "connection" between outstanding birding locations in regions across the state.
This would be a nice short snowshoe for the entire family, but parking due to snow removal might be an issue. This trail is not recommended for cross-county skiing