Gateway to relaxation and rejuvenation
The Saranac Lake Region is one of the oldest travel hubs in northern New York's Adirondacks. With historic routes and waterways making connections throughout our wilderness landscape, travelers have explored our region for centuries. Today visitors' experiences range from peaceful enjoyment of nature to rugged backwoods exploration. We invite you to set your own course or tap into the expertise of local hosts, instructors, artisans, and guides.
Woods & Water
Local guides and instructors: Get the inside scoop on the best fishing spots, learn to craft an authentic packbasket, try your hand at nutritional cuisine, or take a trek with a certified guide.
Largest wilderness canoe area in the Northeastern U.S.: Explore the St. Regis Canoe Area, an 18,000 acre natural spa with 52 bodies of water.
Wild trails & peaks: Hike, climb, snowshoe, or ski in woods that have been designated “forever wild” since 1892. Easy-access trails at the Paul Smith’s College VIC offer visitors the chance to explore a wildly diverse habitat of woodland, marshland, ponds, brooks, and bogs. On the summit of St. Regis Mountain you can climb a newly restored historic fire-tower and soak in 360-degree panoramic views of the High Peaks, Canada, and Vermont.
Historic routes and waterways: Travel Native American hunting and fishing trails, Teddy Roosevelt’s birding paths, the speakeasy roads of Prohibition, and the heritage water routes that served as travel connections among the St. Lawrence River, the central Adirondacks, Lake Champlain, and NYC.
Extensive snowmobile trails: Access a unique trail network that can take you from Old Forge to Lake Placid.
Picturesque scenic byways: Cycle on two designated scenic byways — the Adirondack and Olympic trails.
Two kinds of golf: Challenge yourself at the Saranac Inn Golf Club, one of the Adirondack’s most picturesque and historic courses, or try your hand at disc golf on a new course set amidst the trees on the shore of Osgood Pond. Both of these 18-hole courses are expertly designed.
Cultural attractions: Learn about the Iroquois Confederacy at the Six Nations Indian Museum, take a tour of one president's Summer White House, and experience local arts, workshops, and environmental interpretation at the Paul Smith’s College VIC.
Authentic regional cuisine: Dine at an 1891 railroad station or an 1886 Great Camp. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine at a world-renowned culinary college. Experience local flavors at a variety of family-friendly venues, and be sure to treat yourself with a visit to the iconic Donnelly’s Ice Cream stand. We love to eat local and you will, too!
Family fun: Experience The Great Adirondack Corn Maze, the Adirondack Birding Festival, the Adirondack Rural Skills and Homesteading Festival, History of Adirondack Food Tasting Dinners, endless outdoor recreation, and more!
Find true comfort at many local bed & breakfasts, the great camp that hosted the Summer White House, the Adirondack’s longest continuously-operating lodge, or a high-end Relais & Chateaux resort. The Upper Saranac-St. Regis area is also a haven for glamping and camping, with numerous cabin rentals and New York’s largest state campground located right here.
Imagine a place where your morning coffee is accompanied by stunning scenery, fresh balsam air, and the sound of calling loons. Just a few miles from the downtown village scene you’ll find a peaceful destination that’s defined by our passions: nature, recreation, heritage, learning, creativity, and cuisine.
Pristine trails, rugged backcountry, and miles of connected waterways are complemented by attractions and amenities for all ages. Visitors have flocked to the region since the early days of stagecoach travel – it’s no wonder we’re known as the birthplace of Adirondack wilderness hospitality.