Childwold is a small hamlet about 15 miles west of Tupper Lake on state Route 3. Located in St. Lawrence County, Childwold is close to the plentiful waters of the Raquette River and Massawepie Lake.
Massawepie Lake is located between
Piercefield and Childwold and a Boy Scout camp surrounds the lake. The lake is approximately 750 acres, at an elevation of approximately 1,700 feet above sea level, and flows south into one of the tributaries of the Grasse River. The name of the lake itself is Iroquois origin, meaning "the beaver's lake."
The area’s groomed and maintained snowmobile/four-wheeling trails wind through balsam- and spruce-lined forest and affords gorgeous mountain scenery.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
One of most notable geographic features is the Massawepie Mire located immediately to the south of the lake. It is bordered by two long north-south eskers. Hundreds of acres in size, the bog is one of the largest of its kind in the eastern United States and is almost entirely on the Boy Scout camp's property.
In 1890, the Childwold Park House, commonly known as the Childwold Hotel, opened on the shore of Massawepie Lake, just east of the main flagpole of the current camp. In the days before air-conditioning, upperclass residents of New York City would retreat to the Adirondacks to escape the summer heat. Visitors to Childwold Park would take the New York Central Railroad north from Utica and get off at Childwold Station. From there they would take a 7-mile trip along the Carriage Road to the hotel. The hotel closed in 1909.
Massawepie Lake also offers a segway between Tupper Lake and the Childwold area with miles of trails.
The Childwold area also offers hiking at Mount Arab. Mount Arab has been a very popular and accessible hiking destination for generations because of the spectacular views from the fire tower. You can view Tupper Lake and Mount Morris to the southeast, the Adirondack High Peaks to the east, the Raquette River valley to the north, Horseshoe Lake Wild Forest to the southwest, and Mt Arab Lake and Eagle Crag Lake to the west.
To reach Mount Arab from Tupper Lake, travel west on state Route 3, approximately 3 miles to the hamlet of Piercefield. Turn left on the Conifer Road and go a few miles more to the trailhead.