Welcome to Newcomb, NY!

Not every town has enjoyed as many transformations as Newcomb. From First Nations hunting and fishing presence, to agriculture, to logging, to mining, to recreation, Newcomb has always been a vibrant, if small, community. The area was historically claimed by both Haudenosaunee and Algonquin tribes, and was part of the colonial frontier between New York and New France. After settlement in 1816 it supported many farms, and was a prominent lumber town and home to the summer pasturage for Finch Pryun’s herd of logging horses. Iron deposits discovered nearby in 1826 led to a transition to mining, with the creation of the mining community of Adirondac, also known as "The Upper Works." The mine closed in the mid 1850's, although renewed mining (for titanium) began in 1941. This led to the creation a new community, Tahawus, located about three miles down the Hudson River from Adirondac. That, too, eventually ended and Tahawus is now also a famous ghost town. 

Newcomb is by all measures a gorgeous place, with a mix of mountains and forests, lakes, ponds, and the Hudson River. It is home to Santanoni Preserve, one of the few remaining Adirondack Great Camps and the only one owned by the State and freely accessible to the public. It is maintained in historically accurate condition as an architectural museum, and is an ideal destination for year-round recreation. In addition to annual summer staff interpreting its history for visitors, there are many fun events held year-round targeted at both adventurers and families.

Another great option for exploring Newcomb is a visit to the Adirondack Interpretive Center, operated by SUNY-ESF. The 236-acre property has 3.6 miles of well-maintained trails wandering through many different Adirondack habitats, complete with bridges, boardwalks, and scenic outlook platforms. The AIC trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk. No snowshoes or microspikes? No problem — they are available for free on site. ESF also maintains the trail up Goodnow Mountain with its 60’ fire tower and outstanding 360 view, including to the High Peaks just north of Newcomb.

Paddling and fishing are also popular activities in Newcomb, with great experiences to be had on Rich, Belden, and Harris lakes. Harris has a lovely town beach with a monitored public swim area and separate dock and boat launch for paddlers and boaters. For the more adventurous, Lake Harris connects to the Hudson River providing additional paddling opportunities.

Historic Camp Santanoni.
Newcomb's lakes and the Boreas River are perfect for a sunny float.
Hit the trail in Newcomb with hikes for all levels of ability and experience.

 

Visit Newcomb on the web or contact at:

Newcomb Information Center

4995 NY-28N

Newcomb, NY 12852

Phone: (518)509-3603

Fax: (518)509-3614

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Santanoni Drive, off Route 28N, Newcomb
Holes: 9 Par: 33 Yards: 2,575 from Pro Tees Greens Fees: $12/9 holes, $18/18 holes Cart: $10/per 9 holes; Walkers welcome Course/Additional Amenities: Stunning and challenging! This municipal 9-hole golf course is beautifully designed with the...
291 Campsite Road, Newcomb
Lake Harris is fed by the mighty Hudson River in its beginning stages and is sheltered among large hardwood trees which offer splendid color contrasts throughout the year. While the lake offers many water craft opportunities, many love visiting the...
This is the hard launch for Lake Harris.
This is the hard launch for Lake Harris.
291 Campsite Road, Newcomb
Directions to Access Points: From Exit 29 off I-87 follow Blue Ridge Road to Newcomb and take a right onto Route 28N. Head into Newcomb and locate the access road for the Lake Harris State Campground on the right and follow this to the campground, day...
Route 28N, Newcomb
Marshall's tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities.
Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.
Cheney Pond is a scenic pond that feels remote, but is an easy hike.
Blue Ridge Rd, Newcomb
How to get there From exit 28 in Schroon Lake follow I-87 north for one exit to the North Hudson exit #29. From here follow Boreas Road west toward Newcomb. Continue for 13.5 miles to the trailhead parking on the left at the DEC sign. It is not...
Route 28N, Newcomb
To reach the shore you will need to carry downhill on a gentle grade. The gravel grade is sloped for handicap access with two rest stops along the way. The launch is well-graded and flat for easy access as well.
Many bridges offer lovely photo opportunities.
Many bridges offer lovely photo opportunities.
Route 28N, Newcomb
This 80 mile loop has wonderful scenery on wide-shouldered roads. Runs along the Hudson River with many mountain and cliff scenes. Abundant scenic rest stops with picnic tables. Ride through charming small towns with attractions and services. Lodging...