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 a 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.

Winter doesn't mean that the exploration stops!

Visit Newcomb on the web or contact at:

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

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5699 New York 28N, Newcomb
This 14 mile groomed trail joins two great destinations, and only crosses the highway, once. Also known as Trail C8B. Miles of groomed trails, high altitude for good snow cover, and breathtaking scenery makes Newcomb a popular snowmobiling destination.
Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
This tributary of the Hudson River gets its start at Cheney Pond in the town of Minerva. Here, you'll find native brook trout. Farther down the river, however, the state regularly stocks brown trout each spring. Essex County usually adds larger...
Route 28N, Newcomb
Directions to Access Points: 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 all the way to Newcomb and Route 28N. Take a left onto 28N and continue...
Route 28N, Newcomb
Directions to Access Points: 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 all the way to Newcomb and Route 28N. Take a left onto 28N and continue...
Upper Works, Newcomb
Peak Name Cliff Mountain Most Popular Winter Trailhead Upper Works to Uphill Brook Herd Path Elevation 3960' Round Trip Distance 17.6 miles, ~20.0 miles with Redfield Average Round-trip Time 10 to 12 Hours, 12 to 14 hours with Redfield Winter...
Route 28N, Newcomb
The parking for this is across the road in winter due to snow piles blocking the narrow roadside parking. Be careful crossing the road. The trail follows along the Boreas River as it meanders through the forest. The ice creates wonderful figures and...
Route 28N, Newcomb
The hard part about this trail is finding a good place to park. If the snow banks are pushed back it's not too bad, but otherwise you may have to consider using the Bores River Trail to access Hewitt Eddy. The trail is short and seldom used, but if...
Tahawus Mines Road, Newcomb
This road leads to the Tahawus Ghost Town; a former mining town no longer open to the public. But the road leading up to it is a marvelous ride alternating deep forest, hidden meadows, bridges, lakes, and distant mountain vistas. Rock hounds will find...