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

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Enjoy Lake Minerva with these cozy Adirondack cabin rentals.
67 Longs Hill Road, Minerva
Morningside is nestled on 80 private acres at the edge of serene Lake Minerva, offering cozy Adirondack cabin rentals just a few hours from Manhattan, but a world away from busy city life.
The Adirondack Hub area has many snowmobile trails.
Cheney Pond Rd, Minerva
Long, straight trail through the heart of the Hoffman Notch Wilderness. Borders Minerva Stream, heads north to Cheney Pond along Lester Flow, then ends at Blue Ridge Road. Also known as the Irishtown Snowmobile Trail. Ungroomed, backcountry, trail...
Fourteenth Rd and Route 28N, Minerva
This abandoned road is approximately six miles to the end. The cable gate marks the end of state land, and is your signal to turn around. Also known as Deer Creek Trail. From Route 28N turn west onto Fourteenth Road at Minerva's 4-way intersection...
There are three branches of the well-named Trout Brook.
Blue Ridge Road, Rte 2b, Minerva
There are three branches of Trout Brook. The North Branch simply flows between Warrens Pond and Big Marsh; the Hoffman Notch Trail follows much of its length. The trailhead is located along County Highway 2b (the Boreas or Blue Ridge Road). The east...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva
Directions to Access Points: From intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake follow (CR24) Hoffman Road. Continue on CR24 and it eventually turns into Irishtown Road. Take a right onto O'Neill Road in just over 11-miles from Route 9 and...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva
Directions to Access Points: From intersection of Route 9 and Hoffman Road in Schroon Lake follow (CR24) Hoffman Road. Continue on CR24 and it eventually turns into Irishtown Road. Take a right onto O'Neill Road in just over 11-miles from Route 9 and...
Northwoods Club Rd, Minerva
The launch is small and a slight carry down but not steep by any means. The eastern shore is private property so please respect. This would be an excellent pond for SUP's or learning to paddle due to its usually calm features. On really bad weather...