New York is full of plenty of unsolved mysteries, many of which you can attempt to inspect and solve for yourself. But, do you know about one of New York’s biggest mysteries that nobody can seem to figure out? Just off of the road in the small village of Speculator, you’ll discover a natural attraction that has visitors scratching their heads.
Roughly 15-feet deep and 8-feet wide, this small cave hiding up in the Adirondacks has been a longtime mystery.
The mystery behind this cave? No one knows how it got here! For years, many have taken the time to research the history of the Kunjamuk Cave, unfortunately coming up short. The debate that is still carried out today is whether or not this cave was handmade or formed on its own!
To get to Kajamuk Cave from Elm Lake Road, you'll walk about 1.8 miles along a dirt road.
Most people will access the cave from Elm Lake Road, you'll park just off of the road and then walk along the dirt road that you'll find on the right. A wooden bridge in recent years was built on the path, allowing visitors to drive most of the way up to the cave as opposed to walking. While this may seem like the better option of travel, we suggest taking the quick so you can soak in the beauty of the Adirondacks!
Rumor has it, the well-known hermit of New York, Louis Seymour supposedly stayed inside of Kunjamuk Cave several times.
You may know this French Canadian as French Louie. The Adirondack man was known to live throughout the mountains, often being found staying at camps in the village of Speculator and in the area of Moose River Plains. Did French Louie manage to make a temporary home out of this small cave?
If you find yourself up in the village of Speculator, this natural attraction is a great quick stop to add onto any Adirondack trip!
From the road, walking to the small cave will take you anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, an easy walk for all ages!