Welcome to Newcomb, NY!
Not every town has enjoyed as many transformations as Newcomb. From First Nations hunting and fishing presence, to agriculture, logging, mining, and 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. The village of Tahawus was moved to the town of Newcomb in 1962 and mining ended in 1982 and the last load of ore went out by train on November 17, 1989. The plant closed a few weeks later. More information about the history of Tahawus, the Upper Works (Adirondac), or the Town of Newcomb can be found at the Newcomb Museum.
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.
Newcomb offers year-round recreation for everyone. From paddling and fishing on the lakes during warmer months to snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in winter, there's never a shortage of activities. Kids can play in the snow with a dedicated sledding hill and ice skating rink. The town's breathtaking landscapes, diverse hiking trails, and abundant wildlife create a haven for nature enthusiasts. Local events and educational opportunities further enhance this charming destination.