When you think of the Adirondacks, the first thing that might come to mind is endless adventure. But we want those adventures to be accessible to everyone. While we can only modify nature to a certain extent, the Adirondack Hub has several attractions and outdoor destinations that make it easy for all to access and enjoy. Here are four of our favorite accessible locations.
1. Camp Santanoni Historic Site
Camp Santanoni is an incredible historic site open to the public with a number of year-round outdoor activities available and occasional events that take place there. There are also a number of accessible amenities.
A horse and accessible wagon may be reserved to travel the Newcomb Lake Road Trail between the Gate Lodge Complex and the Main Complex. Qualified persons with disabilities can ride for free. This service is provided by Newcombe Farms (518-480-1743) through a contract with DEC. Others can ride for a fee. Accessible vault toilets are available at the Gate Lodge Complex and the Main Complex. 12-foot wide covered porches around the Main Lodge are accessible by ramp. Accessible horse mounting platforms are available at the Gate Lodge Complex and the Main Complex.
2. Frontier Town Campground & Day Use Area
Frontier Town Campground is a newly constructed state campground with 77 campsites just outside of Schroon Lake and right next to Paradox Brewery with equestrian features and a day use area.
Frontier Town was designed to provide accessibility to people of all ages and abilities and includes many Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant features. The facility's universal design enables everyone, including seniors and families to access its amenities. All campsites, showers, and restrooms are accessible and campsites have accessibly designed picnic tables and fire-making facilities. In addition, the campground features two ADA-compliant horse mounting ramps. There are also three accessible parking spots at the day use area.
3. Adirondack Interpretive Center
The Adirondack Interpretive Center is part of SUNY ESF's Newcomb Campus and provides a number of learning opportunities. Inside there are an array of exhibits, props, and publications to learn about the Adirondacks. Outside there is 3.6 miles of trails and a picnic area to eat lunch and experience the beauty of the natural environment.
Most AIC facilities and programs are wheelchair accessible. The 0.6-mile Rich Lake trail, managed by SUNY ESF, is in the process of being improved to give users a better interpretive accessible experience as well.