For parking at High Falls Access Area on Staton Road, see Directions.
All directions are one way.
Lake Dense & Lake Alford
Lake Dense and Lake Alford are off the beaten path. Five-acre Lake Dense has a picnic shelter and fishing dock and a very good view of Joanna Mountain.
Half-acre Lake Alford is across the dam. The trail bears right at Lake Alford to Conservation Road. There is a view of 100-acre Lake Julia and the spillway from this trail.
For Lake Dense, take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 0.6 miles, right on Conservation Road 0.4 miles, left on Joanna Road 0.1 miles and right on Three Lakes Trail (Former Lake Dense Trail) 0.1 miles for a total of 1.2 miles.
Lake Alford is 0.3 miles further down Three Lakes Trail and Lake Julia is 0.2 miles beyond that.
The Three Lakes Trail ends on Conservation Road 0.2 miles beyond Lake Julia.
A more scenic route is to turn left off Conservation Road after 0.1 miles and take Pitch Pine Trail 1.1 miles to Lake Dense.
Total distance from the High Falls Access Area to Lake Dense, Lake Alford and Lake Julia is 1.7 miles the direct route and 2.3 miles via Pitch Pine Trail.
Lake Julia is 100 acres and the largest lake in the forest. What is known as the Lodge is the present Ranger Station that is located near the end of Lake Julia Road.
Take Buck Forest Road across the Covered Bridge for 0.6 miles, turn right 0.8 miles on Conservation Road and left on trail just beyond the spillway bridge to the Lake Julia dam.
ONE CAN WALK ACROSS THE DAM BUT NO HORSES OR BIKES
Total distance from the High Falls Access Area to Lake Julia is 1.4 miles.
Alternate: Go 1.4 miles down Conservation Road and left 0.2 miles on Lake Julia Road to the Ranger Station for total of 2.2 miles from High Falls Access Area or 1.7 miles from the Fawn Lake Access Area.