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.

Newcomb

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

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Blue Ridge Road, Newcomb
Start at Cheney Pond. At the beginning there are many sets of rapids with a negotiable waterfall in season, and it ends with a long stretch of trickier rapids. In between, there are stunning photo opportunities that reminds us why there is a "Hudson...
The Gate Lodge Complex where a stone gate lodge, boat house and frame guide house remain.
Route 28N, Santanoni Road, Newcomb
Winter Overview and Trail Conditions: From the trailhead you will pass by the gate and start a wonderful ski over a groomed terrain. This road gets a ton of winter use by skiers and snowshoers, so expect it to be a fast ski. In a short amount of time,...
5699 New York 28N, Newcomb
This recently completed, 14 mile, trail traverses deeply wooded areas in the heart of the Central Adirondacks. Also known as Trail 538. Miles of groomed trails, high altitude for good snow cover, and breathtaking scenery makes Newcomb a popular...
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...