It is a welcome mat the size of the Adirondack Park that invites you to come and play in the Central Adirondack region, an area that stretches 70 miles from Forestport through Old Forge, to Indian Lake via Route 28 and Rt 30 to Long Lake.
Within 2 hours of the Adirondack gateways are International Airports in Syracuse, Albany and Plattsburgh, as well as access exits off 87, the Northway (North-South) and I-90, the NYS Thruway (East-West). Who would have dreamed the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi is a 4-hour drive from midtown Manhattan?
The lakes. The mountains. The location. You’re in the center of it all when you visit the Central Adirondack region any time of the year. In winter it’s snowmobiling, downhill or cross country skiing, snowshoeing, skating or ice fishing with winter carnivals and major events like Snodeo and Snofest planned to bring additional excitement.
In spring, summer and fall, the opportunities for outstanding outdoor recreation are endless. The backcountry inventory of hiking trails is the nation’s largest trail system at more than 2000 miles. In the course of a day you may reach a destination that offers wilderness solitude, views of unbroken forest, lakes and mountains, and by evening you can be dining in a fine restaurant, later to be tucked into a comfortable bed.
There’s also biking, fishing and hunting. The NYS record brook trout, at 5 lb 4.5 oz., 21 inches, was caught in Raquette Lake in June 2009. Camping experiences range from primitive tent to lean-to to RV camping, complete with hot showers! And we even boast the John Dillon Park (johndillonpark.org), the first and only camping experience in the Park that is wheelchair accessible.
For softer adventure consider cruising aboard any one of our numerous sightseeing vessels, some offering meals, all offering historical commentary. Consider a chairlift view of the mountains, seaplane rides, tubing and scenic train rides, as well as unparalleled opportunities for birding and wildlife watching.
To stretch your brain, as well as your muscles, visit our outstanding cultural institutions, including View, the arts center in Old Forge and the Goodsell Museum featuring local Adirondack history. In Blue Mountain Lake you’ll find both the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts and the Adirondack Museum, praised as “the best of its kind in the world” by the New York Times.
The heritage and culture of the Adirondacks is as diverse as its geography. Artisans, Olympians, loggers, miners, innkeepers, restaurateurs, Wall Street titans and world dignitaries, each found inspiration in this vast territory.
From rugged and rustic to elegant and enlightening It’s all right here, waiting for you in the Central Adirondack region in the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
2015 Central Adirondack Vacation Planner