The largest undeveloped tract of land on the Lake Champlain shoreline, Split Rock Wild Forest covers 3,700 acres in the towns of Essex and Westport. The landscape is dominated by Split Rock Mountain; the “split rock” can be seen where the lake meets the land at Whallons Bay. The parcel is also home to the timber rattlesnake, a threatened species in New York.
Several access points are available. Hunters will often use the pheasant-stocking area near the corner of Clark Road and Lake Short Road. A trailhead just to the south on Lake Shore Road access a trail system that traverses the entire forest, including the back side of Webb Royce Swamp, which is also popular for waterfowling.
Map below points to Clark Road and Lake Shore Road.