Adirondack State Park Travel Guide

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Adirondack State Park Things to Do

  • Adirondack Hign Peaks Information Center

    The information center is located at the Adirondack Loj. There is parking for trail access to the Eastern High Peaks section. Inside the center there is a small store with essential items such as maps and some camping equipment. They also post information about trail access and closures as well as weather forecast. You can also rent a bear canister...

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  • Seventh and Eighth Lakes

    Seventh and Eighth Lakes are the final (easternmost) of the Fulton Chain of Lakes, a 16-mile long series of eight connected lakes of various sizes. Both are decently large; the easiest public access to both of them is at the Eighth Lake Campground, which requires a day use fee. Spaced a mile apart, its possible to drive to the shores of both lakes....

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  • Big Moose Lake

    Big Moose Lake is a large lake a few miles away from Inlet and Old Forge. We didn't see much while we were there, mainly because it was raining quite heavily. There's also very few public access spots to the lakeshoe. The road leading to the lake passes numerous trailheads, including ones leading to Moss Lake and Cascade Lake. At Moose Lake itself,...

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  • Inlet

    Inlet is a small town with a rustic character not far from Old Forge. There's not too much to see here; there's access to Fourth Lake, and Fifth Lake is a tiny pond just further down the road; there are some character-filled gift shops, like Finders Keepers; A good gelato and ice cream place, Northern Lights; and a good information center next to...

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  • Limekiln Lake

    Limekiln Lake is a pretty and sizable lake just south of Inlet. This area is known for it's bears, which supposedly can often be seen in the campground (We didn't see any). The main access to the lake is through the state campground, which charges a day use fee; there is a boat launch on the lake, as well as a swimming area with a lifeguard. The...

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  • Rondaxe Mountain Hike

    One of the most popular hikes in the Old Forge area is the short hike up Rondaxe (or Bald) Mountain, which is just four miles east of the town. You're likely to meet plenty of people on this trail, so don't expect solitude.From the trailhead, the trail winds through woods with a gradual uphill for about 1/3 of a mile before it reaches a steeper,...

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  • Old Forge

    Old Forge is a bit of tourist trap, and really isn't that worth visiting. There are no mountain views from the town; its surrounded by forest. The town lies on the west end of First Lake, the first of the Fulton Chain. There is a good visitor information center near the lakeshore that provides information on hiking/other outdoor activies. There's...

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  • Canoe the Lakes: The Seven Carries Route

    For a day-trip, a wonderful route is the Seven Carries. This is a 9-mile route withseven carries — all are short; the longest is just over a half-mile in length. The Seven Carries route requires two cars to set up a shuttle: One at the south end of the paddle near the Lake Clear Fish Hatchery, the other either at the public access at the south end...

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  • Tour of the Town of Lake Placid

    Lake Placid is the best known village in the High Peaks region, and is now an all-seasons resort town. Although there are the tourist traps, the town's surroundings (sort of an alpine decor) and the ski jumps (which you can ride to the top for the truly scary views!) are worthwhile experiences. Keep in mind that both the 1932 and 1980 Winter...

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Adirondack State Park Restaurants

  • Custard Stand at a Dairy Farm

    Like Mountain Mist, this small custard stand, which typically servers only one flavor each day, is a beautiful little throwback to the past, right in the heart of the High Peaks region. On route 86, with stunning veiws over to Whtieface nad the High Peak range, you can enjoy eating your ice cream only steps away from the Diary Barn that produces...

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  • Old Fashioned Roadside Dining

    This place is a real throwback to the 1930's, which is probably when it was built. Along Route 86 between Plake Placid and Saranac Lake is this old-fashioned roadside motel and rest-stop. The cabins are actually still for rent, for one night or more and the restaurant serves American specialities in an open-air environment with live music most days...

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  • Great Sandwiches and Picnic Take-Outs

    This is a great little bakery, where you can buy muffins, scones and coffee in the morning, or buy takeout snacks and sandwiches for a day-trip on the boat.

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  • Lakeside Dining

    Make early reservations at the Wawbeek below, to dine in an elegant great camp setting. Stick furniture, antler chandeliers and a huge stone fireplace adorn the dining room; the cuisine features regional specialties. Go for locally caught fish or game, such as venison medallions sautéed with forest mushrooms and tomatoes, splashed with bourbon and...

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  • If You Crave a Little Spice

    At the entrance to the village -- you cannot really miss it -- lies the turquoise-painted Casa del Sol Mexican restaurant. In warm weather, locals gather on the cozy outdoor patio to sip margaritas while swapping fish stories. This may be just what you need to get a break from the preponderance of "American Food" that you will normally find in this...

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  • An Old Fashioned Custard Stand

    One of the best things about "Mountain Mist" is its location on beautiful Lake Flower, just outside of Saranac Lake. For anyone who has been to the Adirondacks, you know the allure of a custard stand on a pristine mountain lake! Mountain Mist is a gem of a place that will bring you back to a more innocent age! Soft serve of the day! Oh yes, and...

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Adirondack State Park Nightlife

  • Live Music Roadside

    Nearly every night of the week, this old-fashioned roadside motel and restaurant serves up good BBQ, great margaritas and features live music of all varieties. The scene is totally casual, family-oriented and slightly chaotic, but very fun.

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  • Family-Oriented

    Each Friday evening in July and August, the village of Saranac Lake presents free jazz, blues, pop and rock concerts at the Anderson Bandshell. Totally casual. Bring a blanket to lie under the stars and listen, but be prepared to roll it up and boogie when the crowd starts dancing. The music starts at 7, but arrive a little early if you have...

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Adirondack State Park Transportation

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    by blueskyjohn Written Aug 30, 2013

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    The Garden shuttle is to be used when the Garden parking lot is full. The Garden Parking lot gives access to Johns Brook Lodge and many of the best High Peaks in the park. It is small and fills fast. The shuttle is convenient. The bus waits at Marcy Field and I never had to wait. However, you do have to wait once you finish your hike. And if you just finished a long backpacking trip it could seem longer.

    The shuttle cost $5.00 and now there is a $7.00 per day to park at Marcy Field for the shuttle!

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Adirondack State Park Shopping

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    by kucha Written Jul 20, 2006

    This is the sister shop to a tony New Canaan store, which sells beautiful Adirdonack home furnishing of all sorts. The store is pricey, but does not carry the typical cabin decor cheesey stuff: it's high quality and unique!

    What to buy: Blankets nad pillows are particualrly nice here, as are the table settings.

    What to pay: Quite a bit!

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Adirondack State Park Local Customs

  • Sign in/out! Could save your life!

    Most trail heads in the Adirondacks will have a trail head register. It can be at a kiosk or a simple post with an attached wood case holding the register. Sometimes the register is right at the trail head but it can also be several yards or more down the trail.Take the time to sign your name, how many people you are traveling with, length of time...

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  • Special Regulations

    When hiking and backpacking in the High Peaks Wilderness area of the state park, there are rules and regulations that must be followed. See the photo for the rules. They are enforced by park rangers. Signs like this can be found out some trail heads. However, even if a trail head does not have these rules posted, they are in effect, so be familiar...

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Adirondack State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    by blueskyjohn Written Sep 1, 2013

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    You are definitely black bear country with the Adirondacks. Bears are a problem because of the number of people that do not secure their food or cook in their campsite. Signs are posted at some trail heads however it is a requirement to have your food stored in a bear canister for any over night backpacking trips.

    You can rent a bear canister for $5 at the Adirondack Loj and several outdoor retail stores such as the Mountaineer in Keene Valley.

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Adirondack State Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Six Nations Indian Museum

    If you're spending some time in the Lake Saranac region and hoping for something to do on a rainy day, check our the the Six Nations Indian Museum you can ogle Native American handmade crafts and learn about the cultures of the people who made Saranac their home. Franklin County Route 30, Lake Saranac

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  • Robert Louis Stevenson Fans?

    Are you a fan of Robert Louis Stevenson? In 1887, the author came to a farmhouse in Lake Saranac for a "cure" for which this region used to be famous. The farmhouse is now the Robert Louis Stevenson Memorial Cottage and exhibits include the author's original furniture, photographs, personal letters, and of course his velvet smoking jacket! 11...

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  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts

    Art lovers -- or those who twisted an ankle hiking or skiing -- might want to stop by the Lake Placid Center for the Arts to see the largest arts center in the region. Classic movies, theater, dance, and musical events take place on a regular basis. In the gallery spaces are works by local artists and changing exhibits.91 Saranac Avenue, Lake...

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Adirondack State Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Climb Mt. Arab

    This is a really pretty hike to the top of a mountain just west of Tupper Lake. About a mile and you'll be at the summit, which is perfect for short legs or unambitious climbers. It's not a particularly tough or steep climb -- in fact, it seemed liked a gentle rolling hill for the most part. When you reach the top, however, there is a great old...

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  • Climb Mt. Baker

    A great hike for families, becasue it's only 1 mile up and 1 mile back, this hike begins on a trailhead right in the village of Saranac Lake. It's a gentle hike up, with the exception of a few scrambles that can be tough if wet. The summit views are partially obscured by trees, but a lovely view of Lake Flower can be seen from the top.

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  • Climb Mt. Panther

    A very easy climb -- about 1 mile to the summit -- Mt. Panther offers beautiful views to the northeast and the high peaks and partiual views of Tupper Lake nad Biug Upper Mountain. It is a gentle climb on a relatively well-marked red trail. At the top, there is a small bald rock and marker to note the summit. This is another great hike for...

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