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Get ready to ski back in time here! The end destination is the historic Great Camp Santanoni.

How to get there

From I-87, take Exit 29 and then head west along Blue Ridge Road toward Newcomb. Continue to Route 28N in Newcomb and head right into the village. Pass almost entirely through the village and locate the Newcomb Lake Road on the right; there will be a DEC sign for Camp Santanoni. Drive this road to its end at the magnificent gatehouse and parking.   

By the numbers

  • Distance: 5 miles to the Great Camp
  • Elevation gain/ loss to destination: 320 feet to height of land

Cross-country skiing

From the trailhead, you will pass by the gate and start a wonderful ski over mellow terrain. This road gets a ton of winter use by skiers and snowshoers, so expect it to be a fast ski, especially on the sparse and moderate downhills. In a short amount of time, after an easy uphill ski, you will come to the milk stables and some old farm houses that are being restored. From here you will be skiing mostly uphill but on a very easy grade, at times hardly noticeable and seemingly flat.

Just prior to the crossing of the bridge at Newcomb Lake there is a slight downhill, but that is the extent of the thrills you will have in that regard. The camp itself is a wonderful place and is reach after 5.0 miles.

Find out more

Read our blog post: Ski into the Past at Great Camp Santanoni.

The Gate Lodge Complex where a stone gate lodge, boat house and frame guide house remain. This was the carriage road, now with no motorized vehicles allowed. It is a five mile ski to the shores of Newcomb Lake and the Great Camp.

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