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View from Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower in Hardenburgh, New York

Uniquely situated at the beginning of three different valleys — Dry Brook, Millbrook and Beaverkill — Hardenburgh’s terrain is a mix of vast woodlands, high mountains, clear lakes and dashing streams that beckon adventurers and nature lovers alike. Hiking, fishing, camping, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are just a few of the activities visitors and locals enjoy.

Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest, located at the head of Beaverkill Valley, boasts more than 13,500 acres of “forever wild” forest preserve and is renowned for its fly-fishing. Also located in the preserve is Alder Lake, which boasts an easy 1-mile hike around the lake with beautiful views, particularly in the fall. And if you’re after an Instagram-worthy scenic vista, head to Balsam Lake Mountain Fire Tower, a 3.5-mile hike to a summit covered in Balsam firs, the fragrant evergreens found on many of the highest mountains in the Catskills.

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