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.

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.

Winter doesn't mean that the exploration stops!

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.


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

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In winter Camp Santanoni Preserve is a fine backcountry ski.
Route 28N, Santanoni Road, Newcomb
Open year-round. Interpreters are on-site daily in July and August. Guided tours are offered once a month, June through October. Call (518) 834-9328 for tour information, or visit our website. Over 45 buildings make up the entire complex, which...
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...
It's a big lake, fed by the Hudson River.
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.
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...