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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Newcomb Lake Road, Newcomb
Now this is the wilderness! Option of a horse drawn wagon for you and your canoe (fee) down a 4.5 mile dirt access road. Closed to vehicles. Explore the lake and the Great Camp Santanoni. Great views of Henderson Mountain. Size: 446 Acres. Photo...
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...
Marcy Dam means getting close to the other end of the hike.
Route 25 Upper Works Trailhead, Newcomb
Avalanche Pass is usually approached from the Adirondack Loj. But it can also be approached from the Upper Works, and when the two are combined make for an excellent through hike. Hiking Below both routes are described for those who want to hike the...
A happy accomplishment for man and beast.
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...
This is Mount Redfield from a distance.
Upper Works, Newcomb
Hiking Redfield was named for Professor William C. Redfield: meteorologist, organizer of, and participant in, the first recorded ascent of Mount Marcy. If the going gets tough, remember Redfield did stuff like this in 1837. While wearing a wool wardrobe.
The Allen Mountain hike starts out scenic and keeps building.
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 views from Allen are quite good and the final climb is rather enjoyable with outstanding views that progress as...
Start from the trailhead at Elk Lake.
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...
Hiking is a great group activity.
Route 28N, Newcomb
Hiking Goodnow Mountain is one not to be missed by anyone who is in the area. Reached in just under two miles of generally easy going, the summit has a restored fire tower and a sweeping view that includes 23 of the High Peaks. The trail is in the...