View of the Adirondacks

Dairy Hil

Five miles north of Barto Hill is Dairy Hill. It is a large hill in the town of Norway. Spruce Creek runs along it's east side, Black Creek to the north and the Kuyahoora valley to the west. I have been told many times over the years, Barto Hill is the highest point in the county or at-least in the region. I bought maps published by the U.S. Geological survey that show otherwise. Dairy hill is labeled at 1812 feet while Barto is 1653. Other places in Salisbury are also shown higher. This can all be found on

The first picture is the view toward the northeast into the Adirondacks. Dairy Hill is like the final step into the Adirondacks for me. Notice the drop off then a gradual increase in wilderness and mountains. The blue line (Adirondack Park Line) isn't far off. Below is the beginnings of Spruce Creek called Huckleberry Swamp on the map. It's consumed by private land. Thank god for the park or we couldn't enjoy anything around here.

In the second picture is evidence of the wind turbine project. I can only imagine what that will do to the hill. Nearby, is Observatory Rd. It was used to reach a fire tower that was vandalized. That ruined it for everyone. A local contractor bought it and took it down. He plans to rebuild it someday maybe.

If you drive up from Salisbury look to the right and you will see a curious farm field. In the third picture it's covered in large boulders and stone walls. It reminds me of an old battle field.

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william youker says ... on Sunday, Aug 22 at 3:07 PM

i lived on barto hill there is a marker on top of the hill it is not the highest spot in herk county it says it is the highest cultivated spot the marker is in the fence line and is about 2 feet square

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msteere says ... on Sunday, Aug 22 at 5:04 PM

I have seen the marker, but only glanced at it. That makes sense thank you

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