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Fun in the fall. Naturally! Fall is a favorite season for many locals and visitors alike. The days are full of crisp, clean air, and the nights are cool and cozy. You won’t find a prettier place to view the colors of the season. The mountains are painted in bold reds, oranges that pop, and vibrant yellows – a stunning contrast against the deep blue of the lakes. To add... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Events, Fall, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er
Do you have a favorite season? Sometimes I think spring is my favorite, with the refreshing, sudden bursts of green after a long winter. When it's a snowy day, with almost infinite tiny flakes tumbling through the air, I like winter best. In the end, though, I love fall the most, without a doubt. I love everything about it, from the masses of pumpkins to the cool air and the crunch of crisp... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation
Submitted by blogger, Eric Adsit In mountain biking there are many ups and downs, literally. Ask anyone who bikes and they’ll tell you without hesitation that the downs are the best. Darting between trees, banking turns on berms, launching off jumps… it’s the closest thing to a high speed speeder bike chase on Endor a Star Wars fan can experience. The trick? Finding places with the elevation... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Mountain Biking, Outdoor Recreation
Submitted by guest blogger Janelle Hoh With 3,000 lakes and ponds and 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, there is definitely no shortage of places to paddle in the Adirondacks. The crown jewel of paddling near Saranac Lake might be the Saint Regis Canoe Area, but another opportunity that's just next door offers paddlers a quiet place to put a boat in the water. The Paul Smith’s College... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling
Submitted by guest blogger Chris Morris Small towns across the country usually share some common traits. You’ve heard them before: a sense of community, volunteerism, a slower pace of living, being there for each other — the things that separate us from big-city life. But Saranac Lake prides itself on being decidedly different. What does that mean? Here are five examples: 1: We... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Fall, Spring, Summer, winter
Elevation: 2,878 feet Level: Moderately challenging with very steep final ascent Distance: 3.3 miles one way (6.6 miles in total) Trail type: There-and-back I am an unabashed city person accustomed to walking the hard surfaces of broken sidewalks. More the flaneur than trailblazer, I’m still a novice at hiking mountains. Novice or expert, the views at the top never get old, which is just... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Hiking, Saranac Lake 6er, Summer
I have been introduced to something new here in the Adirondacks and once again, I have fallen oh-so-madly in love. Being a gal who seeks adventure — anything to test my physical strength and endurance capacity — it was pretty much a sure bet that sticking me on two wheels and a dirt road in the middle of the Adirondack woods to go explore would end in a whole new love affair for me. ... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Outdoor Recreation
There’s nothing quite like the sound of skateboard wheels on cement against a backdrop of “Know Your Enemy” by Rage Against the Machine. If you grew up in the ‘90s, it’s a classic thrasher scene: music blasting from speakers, young people hanging out, the cheers when a trick is landed, and the sound of palms and board slapping the ground when it’s not. But there are some differences, too.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Historic Downtown, Summer
Summer evenings in the Adirondacks wouldn’t be the same without the haunting wail of common loons. The nighttime crescendo is usually a surprise to first-time visitors because nothing sounds quite like it. There’s the crackling of the fire, the lapping of waves upon the rocky shoreline, the chirps and grunts of various frogs, and then a hollow, low tone cuts through it all, rising in pitch to a... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Wildlife, Wildlife
Author: Rivka Cilley Saranac Lake is an amazing community for many reasons.  One of the things I love is that we have an abundance of yoga studios with various styles of yoga.  Mary Bartel started the Inner Quest Yoga Studio & Wellness Center many years ago.  She created a culture for yoga practitioners to thrive.  She does an amazing job offering a diversity of... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling, Wellness
Author: Eileen Mowrey Walk the streets of Saranac Lake during the day and you’ll find local art galleries, charming coffee shops, and a wide variety of eclectic boutiques. It’s the scene you expect in a picturesque mountain town. Step out downtown at night, however, and you will find an active nightlife, especially in warm summer months when the party spreads to outdoor spaces.  From... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Beer, Summer
We set out early for a morning paddle on Fish Creek. We planned to paddle a half day, then head into town for lunch at Left Bank Café, followed by a massage. We really needed a break from our hectic lives, a day or two to completely let go and just relax, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be out in nature. We wanted to soak in the amazing views and look for wildlife. We were amazed... [Read More]
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Author:Rivka Cilley
Categories:Paddling
Submitted by guest writer Rivka Cilley We started out early on a cool, crisp morning in late June. We unloaded our canoes and gear at South Creek and set out on our full day trip from Middle to Lower Saranac Lake. The water temperature was warmer than the air, creating a light fog over the water. As we paddled down the creek, we caught sight of an otter diving under the water... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Natural History, Outdoor Recreation, Paddling, Spring, Summer
Looking to take to the pavement with your road bike?  We have four decidedly different loops to ride! Whether you’re looking for a leisurely ride close to downtown or a longer adventure, we have it here for you. Three Lakes Loop 31.4 miles - 1,961 feet elevation gain The lowdown: This ride follows Forest Home Rd. as it passes Little Colby Pond, Lake Clear, and... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Cycling, Fall, Spring, Summer
Submitted by guest blogger Bayle Reichert The time has come that we have been waiting patiently for. The ice has melted on the lakes and the water is flowing. Dig out your dusty ol’ fishing pole and get out on the water! Whether you’re visiting or living in the area, the Adirondack Mountains are a prime location for fishing, even if it is your first time. There are plenty of resources... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Fishing
For some, overcast with a chance of rain would place a damper on things, but not for us! Both Cindy and I, co-founders of the consulting firm Adirondack Diversity Solutions, decided to do something new: take a guided canoe trip. Our Sunday morning began in Saranac Lake, at Adirondack Lakes and Trails Outfitters, where we met our fantastic guide Tyler. With no prior paddling experience,... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling
Just off of the main strip in downtown Saranac Lake there lives a rare creature of impressive proportions. First spotted in the spring of 2018, a lawn serpent still thrives on Woodruff Street, where its enormous form threads the waves of grass, much to the delight of the cryptozoologists and curious onlookers alike. Despite the serpent’s ferocious appearance, it’s quite tame. Once you’ve... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts
No matter how old I get, the anticipation of summer makes me think of glowing pink evenings, playing all day, fireworks, soft breezes, hot dogs, and most of all, extra time with family and friends. Summer in Saranac Lake is an ideal place to savor just such time, as the village takes advantage of the fine weather to host an array of wonderful outdoor events, from music to biking, running to... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Events, Summer
Exploring places close to town One of the best things about living in the Adirondacks is that we have so many great places to explore without traveling far. We all benefit from locations right at our doorstep which let us steal away at the end of the day or first thing in the morning, which is particularly useful if our time is limited. Whether you live here or you are vacationing in the area... [Read More]
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Author:Alan Belford
Categories:Birding
Guest writer Kaet Wild   Rising temperatures make spring hiking feel like a dream, yet the ground at times bodes a more nightmarish essence. A trail can vary from muddy, soggy, leaf-covered ground to loosely packed snow that lends itself to postholing, and maybe even some slick ice here and there.   However, don’t let these trail conditions scare you away. There’s still lots... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Hiking, Spring
For paddlers, the arrival of spring means the ice is moving out and we can start planning new adventures on the water. Paddling doesn’t have to be an intimidating experience, so if you are new to it or lack in experience, a little planning can help you have a fun and stress-free Adirondack adventure. There are several enjoyable, easy paddles close to Saranac Lake, including through downtown, as... [Read More]
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Author:Aurora Wheeler
Categories:Paddling
Take a turn onto Brandy Brook Avenue from the main road that heads into Saranac Lake, and you’ll find a large dirt lot and a modest building with a smartly-decorated-but-otherwise-unassuming facade. Behind the building’s rustic exterior, a little bit of magic happens. This is the home of Pendragon Theatre, a staple of the Saranac Lake community that’s celebrating its 40th season this year.... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Theatre
In search of a big catch? Wet a line in Saranac Lake!  Endless lakes, ponds, rivers, brooks, and streams flow through the region, making it a prime location for Adirondack fishing. By boat or by land, from early spring to late fall — the fish are as plentiful as the places to fish.  Because the opportunities are endless, we have paired up six species with six spots... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Fishing
Fiddlehead Bistro is a work of art. If you’re in downtown Saranac Lake you can’t miss it — it’s the bright yellow building on the corner of Broadway and Dorsey streets, right next to the Saranac River. Detailing on the outside is simple. There’s a nod to the restaurant’s namesake flora, and a small iron snail that says a lot about the food. It’s delicate, beautiful, and not for people in a rush... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Dining
Submitted by guest writer Chris Knight “Guys, come here and check this out,” I said to my seven-year-old daughter Emily and nine-year-old son Ryan. “It’s like an army of little black specks.” The kids crouched down on their skis along the side of the trail and looked closely. “They’re moving,” Emily said excitedly. “There’s so many.” “What are they?” Ryan asked. “Snowfleas,” I... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Family fun, Outdoor Recreation, winter
Submitted by guest blogger: Rivka Cilley It was a beautiful sunny day in May with temperatures in the mid 60s when a group of us set out to paddle from Hoel Pond to Long Pond. The sky was a rich blue with a similar color reflecting on the water. The water was calm and inviting. We stepped into the water to launch our canoes, feeling the refreshing coolness of the water on our feet. We... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling
I am drawn to water like a moth to light. The sound is therapeutic, the movement is hypnotic. Simply put, a day on the water is good for the soul. My love affair with water has lead me to countless towns that hug the water's edge. While the water is a draw, it takes more than that to make a place a cool paddling town. It needs the combo of water galore and water ingrained in day-to-day... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Paddling
Last spring I was invited to take a much-overdue trip up the Saranac River from from Lake Flower to Kiwassa Lake for some family-fun activities on the water. I jumped at the opportunity since I hadn’t been on a boat trip on the Saranacs in years — that's way too long!   Setting out We loaded up the coolers, towels, kids gear, and adult gear, and headed out on Lake Flower. Our... [Read More]
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Author:Sue Cameron
Categories:Paddling
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Longing for an extraordinary nature experience? Consider the Saranac Lake region's St. Regis Canoe Area, where you can sample most of the outdoor activities the Adirondacks has to offer. It's basically a giant buffet of absolutely gorgeous woods-and-water experiences. The best part is, you have options — you can go full Adirondacks and camp here, or you can make the short... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Paddling
There’s nothing more Saranac Lake than Third Thursday ArtWalks, an event that's been a tradition in this village for more than 20 years. The format is pretty simple: Every third Thursday in June through September, the galleries open their doors and showcase their artwork. Art and the artists who created it literally spill onto the streets from 5-7:30 p.m. And in true... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Arts, Events
Submitted by guest writer: Eileen Mowrey The Adirondacks are full of beautiful waterways just waiting to be explored. Running straight through the heart of Saranac Lake is one of the area’s best paddling opportunities – the Saranac River. This 81-mile river encompasses several lakes and winds through miles of both civilization and wilderness before spilling into Lake Champlain. While... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Paddling
Submitted by guest blogger Bayle Reichert It was a frigid Wednesday evening, and the town of Saranac Lake had been booming all week thanks to the Winter Carnival celebration that happens every February. My friends and I had been out and about, enjoying the activities during this cold winter week, and we were deciding on where to go to listen to music that night.  Multiple... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Music
When it comes to quality of life, there is no place like the Adirondacks. It’s true, a lot of people visit the region to explore the outdoors, but the same mountains, lakes, and fresh air that inspire the adventurous also make it the perfect place for rejuvenation and indulgence. And for the record, indulging doesn’t always mean a day at the spa, but it certainly can!  Morning Shake... [Read More]
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Author:Brooke O'Neil
Categories:Wellness, winter
We refer to Saranac Lake as decidedly different for a reason. We are very proud to be a hub of eccentricity in the Adirondacks. Because of this, the town is also known for its vibrant local arts scene. For generations it has attracted artists and other creative types, leading it to become the arts haven it is today. Downtown Saranac Lake has several galleries that feature and celebrate... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Arts, winter
Submitted by guest blogger Kaet Wild It wasn’t long after I moved to Saranac Lake that I met Kelowna and her partner, James. They came into the coffee shop where I work and it became routine for me to ask them what kind of adventure they were getting into that day. It typically involved bagging peaks from the Saranac Lake 6ers, the Lake Placid 9ers, or the Adirondack High Peaks, the 46ers.... [Read More]
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Author:Anonymous
Categories:Hiking, Outdoor Recreation, Saranac Lake 6er, winter
Winter should not stop anyone from fishing. Cold temperatures beckon to the dedicated angler, who regards ice on frozen lakes the same way most people think of milkshakes: the thicker, the better. Snug shelters and fish finding skills come to the fore in this sport, since techniques like fly casting are unable to be practiced under the ice. Here are some special spots and... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Fishing, winter
What to Expect The Saranac Laboratory Museum is open year-round Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5, children are free. Visitors typically spend 30 minutes to one hour exploring the museum. Exhibits are self-guided, however staff is always on hand to help guide visitors through the exhibits and answer any questions. While at the museum:  Tour the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Exhibits, Historic Downtown
Winter is here and Saranac Lake is ready to celebrate  Photos by Mark Kurtz Photography Winter Carnival is what happens when you take Saranac Lake and throw it into a cauldron, sprinkle in a clever theme, and boil it down until all that’s left is a sweet syrup of feisty good humor. When Winter Carnival is on you can’t walk through downtown, let alone buy a cup of coffee, without... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Events, winter
A captivating place to visit any time of year, Saranac Lake especially glistens in the winter. While some dread the cold and snow that winter brings, others see it as a perfect time to bask in the peaceful nature and serene beauty of the season. If you are the latter, Saranac Lake is for you! Saranac Lake offers a true variety of accommodations, from mom-and-pop run motels to a historic... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:winter
It’s December 21 in the Adirondacks, the sun rises at 7:30 a.m. and sets at 4:30 p.m.; it seems it wouldn’t leave much of a window for anything to be done. Don’t let those short winter solstice hours fool you — they assuredly will not put a halt to adventure in the Adirondacks. A few years ago, on this same day, my family set out on an adventure that would start a tradition... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, winter
Did you know there is a railroad track that goes all the way from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake? I knew about it, but I never paid it much attention until I started to think about its potential as a cross-country ski. Winter hit early in the Adirondacks this year and I was ready to set this idea into action. I headed out that morning with one goal in mind — to ski from Lake Placid... [Read More]
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Author:Traci Wagner
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, winter
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Like many Adirondack towns, Saranac Lake has a hometown ski hill. Here is where local children have learned to ski for generations. Saranac Lake started skiing in 1892 when the first pair of skis came to town, courtesy of John R. Booth of Ottawa (yes, it was news).  Mt. Pisgah, after the peak which revealed the promised land in the Bible, has snowmaking, two main trails, a T-bar... [Read More]
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Author:Pamela Merritt
Categories:Skiing, winter
The Saranac Lake 6ers: Baker, St. Regis, Scarface, Haystack, Ampersand, and McKenzie. You hiked them one-by-one in the summer and marveled at the variety of views they afforded — distant High Peaks and uniquely shaped lakes. So now what? Time to try them in winter, that’s what! In the Adirondacks, nice summer hikes turn into full-blown adventures in the winter. It’s a beautiful time to be... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Saranac Lake 6er, winter
Submitted by guest blogger Kaet Wild. Being from Buffalo, snow is nothing new to me, but somehow, I had never gotten into cross-country skiing. But, when a friend brought it to my attention as a possibility, it appeared to be a cheaper alternative to downhill skiing. Plus, I could bring my dogs along... sold! “Have any plans for tomorrow morning?” my good bud, Tyler, asked. “... [Read More]
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Author:Guest Blogger
Categories:Cross Country Skiing, Outdoor Recreation, winter
Don’t stay inside this winter Climbing a mountain in the winter requires a lot of preparation and a bunch of gear. It’s fun, beautiful, and rewarding but it’s also a lot of work. The good news is snowshoeing doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!  If you’re new to snowshoeing or you’re simply looking for a way to get out for a few hours, Saranac Lake’s... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
Saranac Lake is well known for its stunning scenery, unique charm, and outdoor adventure. Perhaps a lesser known fact is all the gems you can find downtown. I was immediately taken in with this idyllic village when I first visited it a few years ago for Winter Carnival. I remember the first time I walked down Main Street, noticing all the different and interesting stores that you couldn... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Shopping
The VIC Paul Smith’s College owns and operates the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC), and in turn opens it to the public. Just 13 miles north of downtown Saranac Lake, the VIC offers a snapshot into the six million acre Adirondack Park. It has mountains, marshes, forests, and streams for you to explore year-round. Located on 3,000 acres with 25 miles of trails — the... [Read More]
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Author:Kelly Brunette
Categories:Outdoor Recreation, Snowshoe, winter
Who really cares about eating when they are on vacation? Well, everyone of course. If you are like me, you want to hit the best local spots while you’re in town. You want to know where to get a good craft cocktail and where to eat a farm-to-table dinner. Downtown Saranac Lake has become a hub of unique and locally sourced restaurants. Here are some suggestions of where to eat while you’re in town... [Read More]
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Author:Sabrina Alli
Categories:Dining
It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year in the Adirondack Mountains. In our house, the day after Thanksgiving marks the first day of the holiday season. On this day, it has become a tradition for us to welcome the holiday spirit by cutting down our Christmas tree at a local tree farm. Over the years, we have had numerous people encourage us to visit Moody Tree Farm, and this year, we... [Read More]
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Author:Elisabeth Marchbanks
Categories:Shopping, winter
The VIC pretty much has every kind of Adirondack experience you could want — lakes, wetlands, forests, a nice waterfall, and a sweeping mountain view, all in one 25-mile trail network. In fact, the nature center is home to every Adirondack ecosystem except high alpine tundra, the hard-to-reach landscape found atop many of our highest peaks, so visitors are guaranteed to see a full sampler of... [Read More]
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Author:Shaun Kittle
Categories:Fall, Outdoor Recreation

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