Middle Settlement Lake

Middle Settlement Lake is a beautiful, pristine lake in the Ha-De-Ron-Dah Wilderness located southwest of Old Forge (see the Names page for information on the seemingly strange name of this lake). The lake is visited fairly frequently, especially on the most popular weekends, but nothing like the High Peaks region. It is definitely worth the easy three mile hike (its easy once you get past the quarter-mile steep section at the beginning, at least). I have been to this lake many many times, both in summer and winter, and I enjoy it just as much every time. To top it all off, there is a neat rocky outcropping near the lake which offers a decent view over part of the lake itself and the surrounding countryside, but I will leave its exact location to those willing to make the effort to find it =)

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