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.

a snowmobiler crosses a snowy bridge.
two skis on the snow.
a woman directs hikers in an information center.
an aerial shot of an frozen over lake.

 

 

 

 

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Newcomb Information Center

4995 NY-28N

Newcomb, NY 12852

Phone: (518)509-3603

Fax: (518)509-3614

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The view looking back at Colvin from the trail up Blake.
The view looking back at Colvin from the trail up Blake.
Elk Lake Road, Newcomb
Hiking Blake was named after Mills Blake, Verplank Colvin's assistant during the great survey of the Adirondack Park. This Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 43 on the classic 46er list, but sadly has fallen to 45th as new surveying methods discovered...
This is Mount Redfield from a distance.
This is Mount Redfield from a distance.
Upper Works, Newcomb
Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. This High Peak is trailless so use of map/compass is required.
Great views in any season.
Great views in any season.
County Route 25, Newcomb
Hiking An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails.
The view from the Goodnow Mountain firetower is one of the best in the Adirondacks.
The view from the Goodnow Mountain firetower is one of the best in the Adirondacks.
Route 28N, Newcomb
Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N. This ragged-looking mountain is home to one of the remaining fire towers in the Adirondacks.
See 30 High Peaks from the summit of Skylight.
See 30 High Peaks from the summit of Skylight.
Upper Works, Newcomb
Hiking Skylight is the peak with one of the most impressive views, boasting a sighting of over 30 other High Peaks. This completely bald rock dome is very impressive when seen from other regions of the High Peaks and its expanse tends to generate its...
Route 25 Upper Works Trailhead, Newcomb
Avalanche Lake is beautiful and remote. It's well worth the trip for those who are prepared for the miles.
Give thanks to the trail builders who help you through the tricky bits.
Give thanks to the trail builders who help you through the tricky bits.
Upper Works Road, Newcomb
Summit Rock and Indian Pass is of historical significance for the Adirondack Park and was the key passageway to the discovery of the Tahawus Mine in the Upper Works Region. While the lower portions of this hike, from either direction, are easy to...
As the southern access point into the High Peaks Wilderness, Upper Works offers a unique option for hikers and visitors looking for an alternative to traditional northern or eastern trailheads.