You're probably asking yourself, "What the heck is the Adirondack Hub and why should I go there in summer?" To orient you, the Adirondack Hub is made up of the communities of Newcomb, North Hudson, Minerva, and Schroon Lake. The Hub's wild heart is somewhere in the vast tracts of public land that coexist alongside close-knit communities. The towns may be small, but summer is a blast in this area known for fun and exciting outdoor activities. It's a basecamp, a gateway to epic, beautiful, and unique adventures that come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are boats and beaches, boots and hiking trails, horseback riding, quiet lakes, winding roads, and lots and lots of camping opportunities. Does that sound good to you? It sounds good to us! After a long winter, it's time to dust off gear and duffle bags and head to the Adirondack Hub, where summer memories are waiting to be made.

A "hub" is a center of activity, and the Adirondack Hub is no different. There's a lot to do here! Unsure where to start? Check out our list of some activities below:

Camping

Maybe you've stayed in a 5-star hotel, but how about lodging with a five-million star rating? Camping in the Adirondack Hub is, honestly, where it's at. And it doesn't have to all be hiking miles into the woods to remote campsites. There are RV parks and maintained DEC campgrounds to cater to different preferences. There is even glamping! Your options are virtually limitless. You won't need sound machines to drift off to sleep out here. Let the Common Loons and owls sing you to sleep.

It's all starry skies camping in the Adirondack Hub.

Hiking

Hiking has been a staple of Adirondack vacations for a long time. From mellow woods trails to rugged mountains, there are hiking trails in the Adirondack Hub for all ages and abilities. Kids will have fun exploring the gentle, educational trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center, while more experienced hikers can push themselves on the challenging trail up Mount Adams or travel deep into one of the region's Wilderness Areas. We love hiking, and we're sure you do, too! Please remember while out on the trail to practice responsible recreation and Love Your ADK. Love Your ADK is a pledge, a commitment to support the messages and values of Leave No Trace.

A couple takes in the view from a mountaintop.

Boats and beaches

Nothing says summer quite like boats and beaches. All four communities have beaches that sit quietly on the shores of beautiful lakes. You and your family might enjoy building a sand castle, or maybe your kids can splash around in the shallows while you relax under an umbrella. Either way, it's always a good day at the beach! But the lakes in the Adirondack Hub can also be enjoyed by boat! Schroon Lake, the largest lake in the region, is famous for sailing and boating, but you can also go waterskiing, tubing, or just cruising around on other lakes in the area.

Summertime at the Schroon Lake beach.

Paddling

If you like wilderness paddling, then the Adirondack Hub is the place to be! You've heard of the Hudson River, right? Yeah, the Hudson River. The one that flows out into the ocean in New York City. Well, that very same river starts its journey high in the High Peaks and slowly makes it way down the hills of the Adirondack Hub. The headwaters of the Hudson and Opalescent rivers are really amazing, and should be on every paddler's bucket list. It's not all river paddling here, though. The Hub is dotted with tons of quiet ponds waiting to be explored. Some places have only recently been opened to the public, like the Essex Chain, one of the best kept paddling secrets.

Paddling at dawn in the wilderness.

Horseback riding

Alright, cowboys and cowgirls, this one is for you and all your unbridled enthusiasm. While many people are hoofing it around the Adirondacks hiking, you can be riding in style along one of the many different horseback riding trails in the Adirondack Hub. Whether you're an expert or a beginner, there are options for you here. Try a guided riding tour or wagon ride if you're new. If this isn't your first rodeo, try one of the new equestrian campsites at Frontier Town.

A smiling woman on horseback.

Road cycling

Want to experience the Adirondack Hub on two wheels? Yes? That's awesome! The roads here are low-traffic, winding, and full of scenic distractions (don't forget to pack your camera). Go for just a short ride around town or tackle the 80-mile Teddy's Trail, which loops its way along the Hudson River. There are tons of routes to explore, and they all offer peaceful, quiet riding.

Cycling the roads of the Adirondack Hub is the perfect family activity.

Now you're ready for an awesome summer in the Adirondack Hub! See you here! You bring the s'more. We'll bring the outdoors.


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