The Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) at Newcomb offers 236 acres of environmental education, along with miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image presentations on the Adirondacks. The AIC also offers a variety of educational programs, including naturalist-led walks and birds of prey presentations.
How to get there
Take Exit 29 off of Interstate 87 and turn left on Blue Ridge Road to head toward Newcomb, then turn right on Route 28N. The AIC is on the right, about 25 miles from the interstate.
The AIC features 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on its 236-acre property, along the shoreline of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. Trailheads are located at the building and trails are marked. R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trail (yellow markers) is a 1.1-mile loop which starts from the Sucker Brook Trail after it crosses the Rich Lake outlet. There are two overlooks along the lake for a photo opportunity, wildlife viewing, or a serene break away from society. The loop ends at the Little Sucker Brook bridge on the Sucker Brook Trail. Rich Lake Trail (red markers) is an easy 0.6-mile trail, perfect for a warm-up with views of Rich Lake and Goodnow Mountain. Peninsula Trail (green markers) is a 0.9-mile loop which starts from the Rich Lake Trail and continues further up the peninsula for more views of Rich Lake. There are beautiful old-growth hemlocks on this trail. Sucker Brook Trail (blue markers) is a great way to see wildlife. The 1-mile trail leaves the building to the north and runs along the outlet to Rich Lake. This is the route the felled trees took during the Hudson River log-driving days.
Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing
In winter, the center loans snowshoes to winter visitors who wish to explore trails there. R.W. Sage Jr. Memorial Trail becomes an easy, mostly flat, ski along the shoreline of Belden Lake. Move through a mixed forest of coniferous and deciduous trees with two overlooks that give access the lake shore for great views. Extend your ski trip by heading over to the Great Camp Santanoni Trail. The 0.6-mile Rich Lake Trail is a short trek with plenty of scenery and an easy ski. They do not recommend or allow skiing on the Peninsula Trail. It's a challenging snowshoe on what is considered the hardest of the AIC trails. The length at 0.9 miles is not all that long but must be reached by first hiking the Rich Lake Trail. Sucker Brook Trail is a 1.0-mile trail with a rather steep drop right from the parking lot. Once down off the hill the ski is actually very nice and you can connect up to the Sage Trail part way through. Excellent choice for wildlife since tracks are so easy to see in the snow.
Snowshoeing or skiing over a frozen body of water is a winter past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.
This complex offers boreal forest and wetland habitats which include old-growth hemlock, spruce and northern hardwoods, as well as near lake, river, stream, and wetland environments. More than 100 species of birds have been sighted, including warbler species, Black Duck, Common Loon, and Great Blue Heron. Raptors includes Bald Eagle, Osprey and owls. You might hear the woodpeckers before you see them.