Welcome to the Adirondack Hub

Wild nature abounds in NewcombNorth HudsonMinerva, and Schroon Lake, New York. In the Adirondack Hub, some of New York state's best fresh air, snow-covered forested mountaintops and sparkling frozen backcountry ponds can be found around every curve of the scenic, winding roads. From roadside waterfalls to rugged wilderness, there's a lot of open space!

Picturesque cabins, miles of trails, and charming downtowns are all set against a backdrop of the quiet, snow-flecked scenery of the mountains — this really is the Adirondacks. Throughout the region, distinctive local shops and the culinary comforts in our restaurants can be paired with a variety of outdoor activities in any season. Many local artisans have found endless inspiration here, from actors to musicians to painters to guitar makers. This region is alive with creativity and opportunity for adventure.

Outdoor enthusiasts can snowshoe extraordinary interconnected trail networks, peaceful woods, or conquer the High Peaks. Fishing enthusiasts love to hit the ice here, while newbies can hire a guide to learn the ropes. Need a little more speed to your winter adventures? How about skiing and riding on great slopes or revving your engines on a snowmobile trail? To get away from it all, the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness has upwards of 46,000 acres to explore by snowshoe or cross-country skis.

This winter, enjoy quiet time away in the Adirondack Hub, your perfect basecamp for adventure. 

Love Your ADK 

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come.

 

 

Newcomb

Not every town gets reborn as many times as Newcomb has. The area was historically claimed by both Iroquois and Algonquin tribes until it was settled around 1816. Then it occupied the frontier between colonial New York and New France, functioning as a lumber town until large iron ore deposits were discovered nearby in 1826. This led to the creation of the mining community of Adirondac, also known as "The Upper Works." The mine closed and so did the village, although a new community, Tahawus, later sprang up about a mile down the road to mine lead. That too eventually ended and Tahawus is now a famous ghost town. 

Newcomb is a gorgeous place. It is home to Camp Santanoni Preserve, one of the famous Great Camps, which is now kept in a historically accurate condition as a giant museum. It is a fine destination for year-round recreation, and there are many fun events held there that are targeted at both adventurers and families.

Another fine option for exploring is the Adirondack Interpretive Center at Newcomb. The 236-acre property has 3.6 miles of trails, complete with interpretive signage, gazebos, bridges, and scenic outlook stations. These trails are open year-round, and they're groomed in the winter. No snowshoes? No problem! They can be rented on site.

Paddling and fishing are popular, with a lot of great places on Balfour Lake, Rich Lake, Harris Lake, and the Boreas River. Newcomb Lake has a lovely town beach with a snack shack in the summer.

Newcomb is also an incredible place to go biking or scenic touring, especially with the historic Teddy's Trail. The town annually celebrates Teddy Roosevelt Weekend, commemorating then-vice president Teddy Roosevelt's midnight ride to catch a train to where he would be sworn in as president after the death of William McKinley in 1901.

Newcomb

Town Hall
5639 Route 28N, P.O. Box 405
Newcomb, NY 12852
Phone: (518) 582-3791
Fax: (518) 582-2061

Schroon Lake

Schroon Lake has always been a classic resort destination, with the lake full of boaters and the dance halls full of revelers. As the 20th century aged through both World Wars, its stylish hotels and famous summer camps served as the template for cultural memories.

The summer romance, Schroon Lake-style, was immortalized in the 1958 musical “Marjorie Morningstar,” some of which was filmed on location in Schroon Lake.

While the giant resort hotels that once dominated the shoreline no longer exist, the hospitality ethos is still burning brightly, especially in the charming B&Bs the area is known for. Each of them have their own personality and style.

The village of Schroon Lake has perhaps the best beach in the Adirondacks, on the shores of lovely Schroon Lake, a minute's walk from downtown. The town's busy marina handles all kinds of boating needs — get out on the lake and go water skiing, fishing, sailing, and paddling. When the temperature and snow have begin to fall town doesn't close up. There's still plenty to do in winter, from alpine and cross-country skiing to fat biking and snowmobiling, that everyone in the family will be content with the wide range of winter activities.

The art scene is another important part of the area’s heritage. Seagle Music Colony, the oldest summer vocal training program in the nation, provides wonderful musical entertainment, and visitors can see performers of all kinds at the Boathouse Theater and Schroon Lake Bandstand.

The full events calendar runs year-round, with craft fairs, a regatta, and a wonderful Harvest Celebration at Gore Mountain. Centrally located to many of the area's attractions, and with a nine-hole, par-36 public golf course built nearly a century ago, Schroon Lake is the place for a timeless era of enjoyment. In winter, the golf course transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with tubing and sledding.

In many ways Schroon Lake is just as it was when the Adirondacks were first opened for visiting, but now it also has the latest hospitality and entertainment amenities.

With its delightful range of lodging and plenty of dining and shopping in their walkable downtown, Schroon Lake is just right for a classic Adirondack summer or a winter wonderland getaway.

For more, read the blog Four Schroon Stories.

Schroon Lake
Town Hall
15 Leland Ave. P.O. Box 578
Schroon Lake, New York 12870
Phone: (518) 532-7737
Fax: (518) 532-9474 

Minerva

Minerva is a place that's rich in history and beauty. Surrounded by wilderness, at one point it was solely populated by the town's founder, American Revolutionary War soldier Ebenezer West, and his five sons. In 1808, Solomon Northup was born there. The free-born African-American attended local schools and later became famous for his book "Twelve Years a Slave," which was published in 1853. It detailed how he had been kidnapped and sold into slavery for twelve years before regaining his freedom.

Today, residents celebrate Minerva's history and natural wonders. Half of the town consists of state land and is rightfully known for the amazing scenery of its hikes, the liveliness of its fish, and the centrality of its location for snowmobiling. Many of the hiking trails lead to bodies of water, so the area is especially notable for hikes that form chains to different ponds from the same trailhead.

On Minerva Lake, the town beach and campground is a beautiful spot for an overnight adventure or day in the sun. The lake is cool, the sand is warm, and the scenery can't be beat. There are play structures and swings for kids, picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts, gazebo, and a pavilion perfect for family gatherings. The campground, open through mid-October, is loved for its family-friendly atmosphere.

Don't miss a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike, Sporty's Iron Duke Saloon. Much more than an ordinary restaurant or bar, Sporty’s is a wonderfully unique destination that’s part museum, part dining hotspot, and all fun. It even offers free camping for those who want to have a safe night in. Located across the street from Lake Minerva and the town beach, Sporty's is family-friendly and welcoming to tourists. Stop in for classic, delicious American food for great appetites. Sporty's has fascinating items on display, including motorcycles, celebrating the joy of the open road.

The nineteenth-century painter Winslow Homer was a summer visitor who painted almost all of his famous Adirondack works in the area around Minerva. Today, his presence is celebrated at the museum operated by the Minerva Historical Society. Homer's Adirondack works capture the serenity of fishing, the majesty of our peaks, and the beautiful range of colors, even on a rainy day. To learn more, read the blog post Adirondack Inspired Art: Winslow Homer. Homer often highlighted hunting or fishing in his Adirondack paintings. Today, sportsmen still come to the Minerva area for the excellent outdoor opportunities. The woods are rich in game and the fish are plentiful. In winter, extensive backcountry trails provide snowmobile enthusiasts with miles of snow-laden wooded scenery.

Minerva

Town Hall
5 Morse Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 937
Minerva, NY 12851
Telephone: (518) 251-2869
Fax: (518) 251-5136
Email: minerva.supervisor@frontiernet.net

North Hudson

North Hudson is located right off of I-87, but it doesn’t take long for visitors to feel like they’re roughing it here. The brand new Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area has 45 tent camping sites and a host of amenities for campers and equestrians alike. The campground is close to easy trails leading to stunning lakes and ponds, as well as challenging routes up our biggest mountains.

Besides Frontier Town, there are other campgrounds available in the area. Any of them are a perfect base camp for your Adirondack adventures!

Just down the road from the campground is Paradox Brewery’s newest location. This impressive building features a large selection of beers on tap that were made on-site. Grab a sampler and step onto the deck to enjoy views of the High Peaks.

And speaking of the High Peaks, a short drive is all it takes to get to several trailheads that access these beautiful mountains. The Dix Range, Mount Marcy, Colden, and many others are all within reach, and so is the Boreas Ponds Tract, which serves up impressive views of the Great Range at the end of a relatively easy, but somewhat long, hike.

 

For more, read the blog A Day in North Hudson.

North Hudson

3024 Route 9
P.O. Box 60
North Hudson, NY 12855

Phone: (518) 532-9811
Fax: (518) 532-0122
Email: northhudsonsupv@verizon.net

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