The Upper Hudson Recreational Hub is home to some of the most beautiful mountains, lakes, streams, and ponds you will ever lay your eyes on. An area so small you have to zoom in multiple times on a map to find them. And yet, somehow, they make up some of the most picturesque views in the eastern United States. Upper Hudson Recreational Hub is home to these five towns: North Hudson, Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake, and Indian Lake. Filled with adventure, history, beauty, and miles of protected wilderness, we're positive you'll be visiting these five towns sometime very soon!

North Hudson

Get closer to nature than ever before in North Hudson. Home to lush New York State Forest Preserve lands in and around the area, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are endless. North Hudson is uncommonly filled with plenty of lakes and waterbodies, including Wolf Pond, Blue Ridge Falls, Moose Mountain Pond, Round Pond, and Boreas Ponds.

Beautiful view of Boreas Pond in North Hudson

Spend as much time on land as on water! Try horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. Looking to become a 46er or just looking for a challenging yet rewarding hike? Try tackling the Dix Range; there's a trailhead for the mountains located right on the outskirts of the town. For more information, check out the North Hudson town website.

Woman biking in North Hudson across Blue Ridge Falls
Woman biking in North Hudson across Blue Ridge Falls


When you visit Minerva, you’ll quickly learn why the town is touted as “Nature-lover’s Paradise.” Centrally-located and tucked away deep in the Adirondack mountains, Minerva intertwines its community with the breathtaking natural beauty of the environment around it.

Woman paddling on Balfour Lake in Minerva NY

Take advantage of all Minerva has to offer by visiting unique swimming holes, fishing on the lake, or hike nearby Moxham Mountain. While you’re here, there’s always some sort of live event happening to enjoy, like a concert at Donnelly Beach or a concert in Courtney Park. Or come back during the beginning of September and celebrate Minerva's Irish Day with the locals. You don't want to miss out on an opportunity to stay and enjoy a getaway in Minerva. To see the events happening during your visit, be sure to check out the Town of Minerva website.

Aerial View of Minerva NY


Town of Newcomb! So much history and adventure packed into such a tiny town. This brilliant small town houses historic gems and tastes of American progress all throughout history. Take a step back in time and visit the lives of the ultra rich of the 19th and 20th centuries by visiting Great Camp Santanoni. Relive history with relics like the MacIntyre Blast Furnace, and learn about the once booming mining industry of the Adirondacks. For all our history buffs, make sure to come back for the annual Teddy Roosevelt Weekend that features tours and reenactments of Presidents Rossevelt's midnight ride to presidency.

Overlooking MacIntyre Blast Furnace

The AIC (Adirondack Interpretive Center), part of SUNY ESF’s Newcomb Campus, is home to miles of trails that will take you through lakeshore, forest, and wetland ecosystems. Working towards that 46er badge? Enter the southern access point to the High Peaks at the Upper Works trailhead! Find endless amounts of fun and history during your stay in Newcomb. Visit for more!

summer paddling in Newcomb with mountains in the background

Long Lake

Discover Long Lake, New York, the unspoiled playground of the north, boasting friendly folks, family activities and unsurpassed Adirondack beauty. From the mountain tops to the lakeside, Long Lake has it all to enjoy the perfect vacation.

Aerial view of Long Lake NY
Centrally located in the Adirondacks, Long Lake is a four-season destination with abundant outdoor recreation to keep visitors busy: enjoy music by the lake on Friday nights, or stop by for the annual “Heart of the Park” craft fair happening in the beginning of August; for the adventurer in you, participate in the 90-miler Adirondack Canoe Classic that passes right through Long Lake. Spend a weekend with the locals and attend Octo-Bear-Fest. There are endless events and adventures waiting for you in Long Lake! Check out the Town of Long Lake website for more.
Boating across Long Lake, with a floatplane about to land on the water.

Indian Lake

Located in the center of the six million acre Adirondack Park where its residents, both natives and newcomers, make their home in a cherished place to live, work, and play. When you get here, you’ll understand why

Indian Lake is “Naturally Different.”
Aerial view of ponds in Indian Lake, surrounded by wilderness.
Surrounding itself with mountains, lakes, streams, even waterfalls, the adventurer in you will never get bored! Whatever the season, Indian Lake knows how to keep you coming back for more. In summer, experience Music in the Park with the Summer Concert Series. Check in often to visit our historic summer festivals and parades! The fun doesn’t stop after the warmer months, either. When the leaves start to change around here, Indian lake welcomes the fall season with weekend after weekend of festivals and festivities like the Great Adirondack Moose Festival! To learn more about all our seasonal events, visit the Indian Lake website.
Wide-angle beach view at Indian Lake
Regardless of which town you decide to stay in, you truly cant go wrong with any choice! Each town offers adventure and beauty you have to see with your own eyes to believe, there is truly nothing quite like it. Just because you're staying in one town or another doesn't mean you can't travel to another one. All five towns are conveniently located close to each other to ensure you don't miss out on anything during your visit! 

Where will you be staying this summer? Visit the Adirondack Hub and Adirondack Experience websites for more!