<html> <head> <title>Adirondacks 2015</title> <style type="text/css"> <!-- td{font-family: "Comic Sans MS"; font-size: 10pt; color: "#ff0000"} --> </style> </head> <body background="/background/legalpaper.gif"> <center> <table width=720> <tr> <td> <center><font size=+4><b>Adirondacks 2015</b></font> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/firewoodbanner.png"></center> <br> Day 1. <b>To the Adirondacks</b> &nbsp; (4 July 2015 Saturday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconiloveny.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconburkes.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>drive to Sabael NY via Stockbridge MA - 270 miles 3 hours 40 minutes <li>kayak the Housatonic River in Stockbridge MA <li>check in at Burke's Cottages in Indian Lake NY </td></tr> </table></center> Day 2. <b>Indian Lake</b> and <b>Chimney Mountain</b> &nbsp; (5 July 2015 Sunday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconabanakeestudios.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconchimneymountain.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>in Indian Lake Village <li>kayak the Indian Lake <li>hike to Chimney Mountain </td></tr> </table></center> Day 3. <b>Speculator Village</b> and <b>Lake Pleasant NY</b> &nbsp; (6 July 2015 Monday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconspeculator.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconsacadagapathway.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>kayak Lake Abanakee <li>joyride to Speculator NY and Lake Pleasant NY <li>Sacandaga River Pathway </td></tr> </table></center> Day 4. <b>Blue Mountain Lake NY</b> and <b>Adirondacks Museum</b> &nbsp; (7 July 2015 Tuesday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconbluemountainlake.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconadmuseum2.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>to Blue Mountain Lake NY village - 15 miles 18 minutes <li>kayak and swim on Blue Mountain Lake <li>Adirondacks Museum in Blue Mountain Lake NY </td></tr> </table></center> Day 5. <b>Lake Placid NY</b> &nbsp; (8 July 2015 Wednesday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconwhiteface.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconlakeplacidjump.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>to Lake Placid NY - 80 miles 1 hour 40 minutes <li>Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway Lookout <li>1pm Summer Jumping Series at the Olympic Jumping Complex </td></tr> </table></center> Day 6. <b>Fort Ticonderoga</b> and <b>Lake George NY</b> &nbsp; (9 July 2015 Thursday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconticonderoga.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconlakegeorgewalk.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>drive to Fort Ticonderoga NY - 68 miles 1 hour 35 minutes <li>Fort Ticonderoga, King's Garden, Heroic Maze <li>drive to Lake George Village NY - 38 miles 1 hour <li>at Lake George Village NY </td></tr> </table></center> Day 7. <b>The Wild Center</b> in Tupper Lake NY &nbsp; (10 July 2015 Friday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconthewild.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconsaranac.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>drive to Tupper Lake Village NY - 45 miles 55 minutes <li>The Wild Center <li>Saranac Lake Village </td></tr> </table></center> Day 8. <b>Kayak on Lake Durant</b> &nbsp; (11 July 2015 Saturday) <center><table width=96% cellpadding=1> <tr><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconlakedurant.jpg"></center> </td><td width=84> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iconjohnbrown.jpg"></center> </td><td valign=top> <font size=-1> <li>kayak on Lake Durant - 9 miles away <li>drive back home to Norfolk MA - 268 miles 4 hours 50 minutes <li>Home Sweet Home </td></tr> </table></center> <font size=+1> Day 1. <b>To the Adirondacks</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (4 July 2015 Saturday) <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/whitefacebanner2.png"></center> <b>About Adirondacks Park</b> - The Forever Wild Park <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> The Adirondack Region <!-- is one of the most diverse destinations on the East Coast, offering --> offers unparalleled outdoor <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondackcometolife.png" align=left> recreation throughout its dazzling lakes, wild mountains, and charming towns and villages. Established in 1892 by the State of New York amid concerns for the water and timber resources of the region, the Adirondack Park today covers an area larger in size than New England, and more expansive than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/whiteface2small.jpg" align=right> Grand Canyon and the Great Smokies National Parks combined. <!--, and is the largest park in the lower 48 states. <br> --> One of the nation's few mountain areas with extensive lake access, the Adirondacks offer a unique wilderness destination experience. Thousands of miles of Adirondack waterways provide endless adventure on the water, from ultimate wilderness canoeing and kayaking, to windsurfing, sailing and trophy bass fishing on the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain. Paddle the pristine backcountry waterways of the Adirondack's <!-- Wild, or explore the Adirondack Lakes Region --> vast network of lakes, rivers and ponds. Encompassing millions of acres of public, constitutionally protected forest preserve, as well as privately owned land, the park  in a word  is epic. <!-- http://visitadirondacks.com/about --> </td></tr></table></center> 7am depart Norfolk MA for Stockbridge MA - 124 miles and 2 hours and 10 minutes driving time <br> 10am to 12noon <b>Kayak the Housatonic River</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/housatonicriver2.png" align=left> <li>put in at Park Street in Stockbridge MA; park along Park Street or in the parking lot by the skate park; short path to river <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/housatonicriver.png" align=right> <li>be aware of boulders and construction debris in the water under the bridge; take out at Glendale Middle Road in Stockbridge MA; pull off by rail road tracks east of the bridge. <!-- <li>walk across rail road tracks to path; take out is downstream of the bridge --> <li>dam downstream of take out <li>estimated distance 3.5 miles </td></tr></table></center> 12 noon drive to Indian Lake NY - 140 miles and 2 hour 30 minutes driving time <br>4pm Check in at <b>Burke s Cottages</b> at Lakeshore Drive, Indian Lake (Sabael) NY 12864 <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/burkes.jpg" align=left> Come and enjoy a relaxing time along the shore of Indian Lake in the heart of New York s breathtakingly beautiful Adirondack Mountains. <br> <b>Cottage #4</b> has two bedrooms, a living area, a bath and a screened porch that faces the Lake. There is a sofabed in the front parlor, and the cottage sleeps six total. A picnic table, charcoal grill and two adirondack chairs are outdoors. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/burkes2small.jpg" align=right> A cabin in the woods is the ideal lodging for many visitors when planning a trip to the Adirondacks. Smell the fresh air and renew yourself. Imagine awaking, making the coffee and stepping outside onto your own personal deck overlooking the tranquil Adirondack scenery! $1,000/week. $300 deposit paid. Rates do not include maid service, meals, or linens (pillows and blankets are supplied). Cottages are fully heated and used year round, have hot water, full kitchens, including pots, pans, dishes, utensils, drip coffee makers, etc. Picnic tables and charcoal grills are supplied for outdoor barbecues. Phone 518-648-5258 or 321-454-3007 Website http://indianlakecottages.com/ </td></tr></table></center> <!-- <br>4pm Check in at <b>Camp Driftwood</b> at 124 Driftwood Trail, Indian Lake NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/campdriftwood.gif" align=left> Sited on wooded land sloping down to 870 feet of prime Indian Lake shoreline. Much of the waterfront is comprised of glacial-carved bedrock that pitches away into deep water. At the other end of the property the shoreline enters a leeward cove, with a shallow, sandy beach. <!-- The cove is also great for boat docking or anchorage. The lake water is exceptionally clear and clean. x-> The cabins are very private from one another, separated by real woods that have been thinned only enough to provide lake views wherever possible. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/apple.gif" align=right> The cabins are comfortable, rustic and full of character. <!-- One enthusiastic guest described the experience as "Ralph Lauren gone mad." x-> Cabins are not equipped with televisions or telephones. <!-- The office will accept emergency calls for you. x-> There is a WiFi node on the premises. Cell phone reception is available in the area, but reception is spotty around Camp. <br>Apple Cabin - A very cozy and comfortable cabin, completely finished in knotty pine, with yellow pine floors, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (queen, twins, bunks), screened porch, large deck, lake views, skylight, <!-- Vermont Castings, x-> fireplace-style woodstove, central heat, shower. $1150. per week Website http://goodcabins.com/index.php </td></tr></table></center> <br>4pm Check in at <b>Chief Sabael Cottages</b> in Indian Lake NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/chiefsabael1small.png" align=left> Situated on lovely Indian Lake, spacious grounds, under tall pines. Large, comfortable, fully equipped housekeeping cottages, some with fireplaces. Efficiency units are open all year. Enjoy the beach area with a large swim float and beachside picnic area with fireplace. <br> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/chiefsabael2small.png" align=right> TUSCARORA 4 bedroom cottage, living room, fireplace, kitchen, bathroom w/shower, and small porch facing the lake. Accommodates 4 $925, 5 $950, 6 $975, 7 $1000 8 $1025, Step over the threshold of Tuscarora and into the past. The welcoming stone fireplace in the kitchen beckons to all who enter. There are four bedrooms, one with French doors opening out to a small porch facing the lake. There is a cozy living room and a bathroom with a shower. Accommodates up to 8. Payment is requested by check or cash, as we do not accept credit cards. Cell phones do not typically work in this area. Pillow cases, sheets and towels are not provided. Website http://www.chiefsabael.com/ </td></tr></table></center> Camp Driftwood on Indian Lake NY http://www.goodcabins.com/index.php cottages by the week BIRCH cottage Located on a point, with expansive views of the lake, the cabin is completely finished in knotty pine. It sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (queen, twins, bunks), screened porch, deck, Vermont Castings fireplace-style woodstove, gas heat, shower. Cabin is 15 feet from the shore. $1,350. per week MAPLE cottage Roomy and comfortable, sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms (queen, twins and bunks), large screened porch, large deck, brick fireplace plus gas heat, lake view, skylights, shower. $1050. per week. Indian Lake Cottages http://www.indianlakecottages.com/ Smith Cottages - weekly rates http://www.smiths-cottage.com/#!contact cottage #7 has no rates Chief Sabael - weekly rates http://www.chiefsabael.com/index.html TUSCARORA 4 bedroom cottage, living room, fireplace, kitchen, bathroom w/shower, and small porch facing the lake. Accommodates 4 $925, 5 $950, 6 $975, 7 $1000 8 $1025 Efficiencies Chief Sabael also has 4 housekeeping units that are available year round. Each unit has a fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom w/ shower, double bed and pull out sofa. These units easily accommodate 2 to 4 people at a rate of $495 per week. A family may rent two adjoining units at a rate of $775. Twin Coves Cottages The Hawthorne: The Hawthorne is a two story cottage comprised of a large eat-in kitchen, living room, bedroom with overlong double bed and bath with shower on the first floor. The second floor is a large dormitory style sleeping room with four twin size beds. It overlooks the lake and is a short walk to the fire pit area and beach. It can comfortably accommodate 6-7 people. Our rates range from $750 to $1550 per cottage per week. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountaincabin.png" align=left> Blue Mountain Rest is just a 1/2 mile from Blue Mountain Lake. The adventure, charm and beauty of the Adirondacks at affordable rates, Blue Mountain Rest is a popular travel destination in the Adirondacks. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountaincabin2.png" align=right> <li>Cabin 3 Unit 5 The Homestead - 2 Bedroom House King Bed, 2 Trundle Beds, Bunk Bed, Full Bed & Sleeper Sofa Max. Occ. 12: Unit 5 has 2 Bedrooms, 1-1/5 Baths, full Kitchen w/Dishwasher, Dining Room, large Living Room with wood burning Fireplace, huge outdoor Deck (15' x 55'), outdoor pond view, and large outdoor fire pit. (1,200 sq. ft.) Internet, DIRECT TV, Linens/towels/toiletrie <li>Summer weekly rate: $1,250 for 8 people + $50 person/week. <br>8821 Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812 Phone: (845) 236-4071 Lenny/Boka Baglieri <br>Website: http://www.bluemountainrest.com/unit-five.html --> <font size=+1> Day 2. <b>Indian Lake</b> and <b>Chimney Mountain</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (5 July 2015 Sunday) <br> <b>About Town of Indian Lake NY</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/indianlakesmall2.jpg" align=left> Nestled in the Adirondack Wild, the Town of Indian Lake is a robust community offering exciting attractions, a vibrant heritage and pristine wilderness reach for year-round exploration. Discover the town s history on a walking tour featuring 13 sites and glimpse into the past as historians navigate legends and facts. Learn about the pioneers who settled the Town of Indian Lake, planting the seeds that would grow to become Hamilton County s largest town  now home to more than 1,400 residents. Animal lovers are usually treated to a nice surprise when they visit Indian Lake. Moose are often seen walking along roads and near water in the Indian Lake area. And the reasons that moose are drawn to Indian Lake are the same as yours  the water, the trees, the air, and the land. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/abanakeestudiossmall.jpg" align=right> <li>Abanakee Studios  Located in a turn-of-the-century barn on Lake Abanakee, find antiques, gifts, an art gallery and workshops in the summer months. <li>Indian Lake Theater  Enjoy watching current blockbusters, independent films during Art House Thursdays, and classic movies. Located in downtown Indian Lake, this historic theater also offers performing arts events, including concerts and plays. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/indianlakemuseumsmall.jpg" align=left> <li>Town of Indian Lake Museum  Explore the museum s collection of Indian Lake historical artifacts and displays. Open June through October, the museum is located at the intersection of Crow Hill Road and Main Street. <li>Indian Lake has two extremely well-stocked convenience stores and a general store (The Lake Store - an Indian Lake institution). During the summer, there's also a farm truck that brings fresh local produce to town twice a week. But otherwise, fresh produce can be hard to find in town. There are full-sized groceries in nearby North Creek and Speculator; and, of course, mega supermarkets on the edges of the Park in every direction. <!-- http://www.adirondack.net/towns/gore-mtn-region/indian-lake/ --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>Kayak the Indian Lake</b> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/kayakwaterlily.jpg"> <table width="96%"><tr><td> <li>put in at Route 30 at the southern tip of Indian Lake <li>paddle north to Burke's Cottages <li>estimated distance = 8+ miles paddle time 3+ hours <br> Indian Lake is a 14-mile long body of water in the south central Adirondacks. On Indian Lake you are never too far from civilization or wilderness. NY Route 30 runs close to the west shore yet to the east lies the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. Dominating the <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/indianlakesmall.jpg" align=right> landscape to the west is a long ridge of mountains, most notably Snowy Mountain. Immediately after launching into the southwestern arm, the outlet of Lewey Lake comes in from the left. <!-- Early in the season or after much rain you may be able to paddle over a broken concrete dam under the Route 30 bridge and into Lewey Lake. --> Continuing north on the left shore you pass lakeside campsites, which are part of the Lewey Lake State Campground, unfortunately they are also highway side too. Soon the shoreline pulls away from the road then a small island is passed at Poplar Point about 1.5 miles from the start. Some private land comes next as you paddle by the lodge and cabins of Timberlock summer family resort in Sabael. Long Island, with six campsites, is seen to the east. While rounding Watch Point you re now in the main body of the lake. <!-- <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/indianlakekayaker2small.jpg" align=right> --> In a small cove is a picnic area next to a waterfall on Griffin Brook. Campsite 11, the only campsite on the west shore, is on a point just past the cove, and has a sandy beach on the north side of the point. The High Peaks can be seen in the far distance. You are now about four miles from the launch. It is not long before Route 30, private land, and cottages dominate the shoreline all the way to The Narrows and the dam, built in 1898, at the lake s north end which controls the level of the lake. Source http://www.adksports.com/june12_4.html </td></tr></table></center> <b>Hike to Chimney Mountain</b> - in Indian Lake NY 13 miles 30 minutes driving to trailhead <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/viewfromchimneymountain2.jpg"> <table width="96%"><tr><td> Chimney Mt. is a small mountain even by Adirondack standards, only rising 2,700 ft. above sea level. That being said, it is a very popular mountain in the central Adirondacks. There are three factors that contribute to Chimney's popularity. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/chimneyrocksmall.jpg" align=left> The first factor is that the summit offers 360 degree views, a rarity for the central Adirondacks and even more rare at a such low elevation. The second factor is that the trail to the summit is a steep class I trail that is just over a mile long, making the mountain accessible to many hikers of all ages. The third factor is a geologic oddity. Just below and before the summit there is a chimney formation. Along with the chimney there is a system of caves and rock crevasses. The chimney and other rock formations provide many opportunities for climbing scrambling and caving. The view from the chimney area is pretty good but the true summit offers sweeping views of the central Adirondacks and beyond. It is reached by a heard path the starts just below the chimney. Chimney Mt. is located in the Central region of the Adirondacks. <!-- It's summit lies on the border of Hamilton and Warren counties but the chimney is in Hamilton county. --> The trailhead is accessed following NY 30 0.6 miles south of Indian Lake village and turning onto Big Brook Road and following this to the end (there will be signs through a number of <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/chimneymountain2small.jpg" align=right> intersections). This road ends at Kings Flow (Pond) and a set of Adirondack Mountain Club cabins. There is a nominal parking fee. Source http://www.summitpost.org/ <!-- http://www.summitpost.org/chimney-mt/197323 --> <br> This is a great hike to interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices near the summit. This 1.4 mile round trip includes scenic overlooks and unusual geological formations known as rock  chimneys. This is a popular trail because of the great broad views and unusual geological chimney foundation. Explore the maze of caves at the summit. <!-- Use caution around the maze of caves found at the top. --> <br>Source http://www.adirondackexperience.com/ <!-- http://www.adirondackexperience.com/about-us/communities/indian-lake.html --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>More About Adirondacks</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasm2small.jpg" align=left> <li>Is it just wilderness? A common misconception is that the Adirondack Park is primarily wilderness, with little infrastructure and entertainment to interest travelers outside of the outdoorsy type. Within the 6 million acre park, 100 towns and villages each offer a distinctive Adirondack flavor. The historic village of Saranac Lake was known as a cure center for tuberculosis patients in the late 1800s through the 1900s. These days, it is known for its thriving arts community. Lake Placid has hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, and is a renowned destination for winter sports, offering some of the best off-hill nightlife in the east. Fort Ticonderoga was an important military outpost during the Seven Years' War, colonial conflicts and the American Revolutionary War. Located on the shores of Lake Champlain, it is a U.S. National Historic Landmark open to the public for tours, events and reenactments. <!-- on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and open to the public for tours, events and reenactments. These are just three towns out of 100 - image the possibility for discovery along the wooded shores, scenic byways and mountain peaks. <li>What can I do there? What can't you do here? On any given day, visitors can hike a mountain, <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/road1small.jpg" align=right> paddle a lake, watch a Shakespearean performance, dance outdoors during a free summer concert or tour incredible museums and historic sites. Families traveling to the region will find a whole host of activities and attractions to keep everyone busy. Canoe and kayak on the lakes, choose from more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails for a multi day or afternoon excursion, take a hot-air balloon ride over Lake George or learn how to water, cross-country or downhill ski. The Adirondack Park is like a big playground. There are even a few sandy beaches for building sand castles along Lake Champlain. --> Source: visitadirondacks.com <!-- http://visitadirondacks.com/first-time-visitors/frequently-asked-questions.html --> </td></tr></table></center> <font size=+1> Day 3. <b>Speculator Village</b> and <b>Lake Pleasant NY</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (6 July 2015 Monday) <!-- <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeabanakeebanner.jpg"></center> --> <br> <b>Kayak on Lake Abanakee</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <li>drive to Lake Abanakee - 5.5 miles 9 minutes from Camp Driftwood Cabins <li>put in at Chain Lakes Road in Indian Lake NY <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/abanakeelakesmall.jpg" align=right> <li>paddle south upstream and return <li>estimated round trip distance = 7+ miles <br> Lake Abanakee has everything the recreational paddler would want. Easy to get to, easy access for launching and spectacular views everywhere you look. Approximately 4 miles long and mile wide, Lake Abanakee winds around islands with nesting osprey and eagles. Both large and small mouth Bass are abundant, as are the more elusive Northern Pike. <!-- The plentiful pan-fish population will keep the beginning fisherman interested, while the experienced hand can attempt a larger catch, including Muskie and Walleye. --> Lake Abanakee is exceptionally quiet. Rare is the loud motor boat, though trolling motors are welcome. Paddle enthusiasts will find hours of leisurely touring. Source http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/ and http://www.adirondackkayaker.com/ <!-- http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/resource/lake-abanakee.html http://www.adirondackkayaker.com/paddles/lake-abanakee/ --> </td></tr></table></center> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/speculatorbanner.jpg"></center> <b>Joyride to Lake Pleasant NY</b> - 28 miles 35 minutes <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakepleasantsmall.jpg" align=right> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/byway.jpg" align=left> Mountains, Lakes and Leaves. The drive on Rt. 30 from the Village of Indian Lake to Speculator is one of the most spectacular scenic tours in the Adirondacks. As you descend the western shore of Indian Lake, the surrounding mountains are reflected in the surface of the lake. In autumn, the display of color is awe-inspiring. This scenic drive starts in the hamlet of Indican Lake, and travels along the remote Route 30 for almost 24 miles to the village of Speculator. After you leave Indian Lake, expect your cell phones to die and the wilderness to unfold before your eyes. This relatively wild section of Route 30 will give you glimpses of both Pillsbury Mountain Fire Tower, Snowy Mountain Fire Tower. Source http://www.adirondackexperience.com/ and http://visitadirondacks.com/ <!--http://www.adirondackexperience.com/attractions/byways/indian-lake-to-speculator-mountains-lakes-and-leaves http://visitadirondacks.com/attractions/byways/fall-foliage-drives-speculator-to-indian-lake --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>Speculator Village</b> and <b>Lake Pleasant town</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/speculator.jpg" align=left> The Town of Lake Pleasant (pop. 876) is the County Seat of Hamilton County and a very active tourism destination, surrounded by vast amounts of New York State Forest Preserve: the Silver Lake Wilderness Area, the West Canada Lake Wilderness Area, the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area, and the Jessup River Wild Forest. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/canoesforsale.jpg" align=right> Many public recreational opportunities exist within the Jessup River Wild Forest and adjacent lands owned by Lyme Timber. Wholly within the town lies the Village of Speculator, the economic and social center of the town with many dining, lodging, and shopping facilities. The community of Lake Pleasant occupies the strip of land between the two lakes, and becomes 'outdoor central' each summer when park visitors arrive. Located about 60 miles from Utica and 70 miles from Schenectady, Lake Pleasant and its two large lakes are the destinations favored as base for exploring the natural wonders of Adirondack Park. Source http://lakepleasantny.org/ <!-- http://lakepleasantny.org/lp/ --> </td></tr></table></center> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sacandagabanner2.jpg"></center> <b>Sacandaga River Pathway</b> in Speculator Village <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sacandagapathway.jpg" align=left> This river walk features boardwalks and trails through Adirondack wetlands. The entrance is across the road from the town beach, behind a baseball field. This handicapped-accessible pathway is visited and enjoyed by thousands of people each year, and consists of boardwalks and trails winding through an Adirondack wetland. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sacandagapathway2.jpg" align=right> <br> The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest, and upland timber areas accessible to all fitness levels. There are also several educational opportunities identifying the unusual plants that make the wetlands their home. Additionally, there is a picnic area with grills and a view of the river. (Carry in- Carry out Policy) Rest areas are located at the Pavilion and the Fire Hall next door to the entrance. <br> The trail starts off on a beautiful boardwalk, one of the signs along the boardwalk explains how the trail system was built. The boardwalk itself floats on about 20 feet of root mass and decaying plant matter. It was designed that way to allow the visitor to get up close and personal with nature. Source http://www.adirondackexperience.com/ <!-- http://www.adirondackexperience.com/attractions/sacandaga-pathway http://www.adirondackexperience.com/blog/2014/07/picnic-speculator --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>Sacandaga Lake</b> in Lake Pleasant NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sacandagalakesmall.jpg" align=left> Sacandaga Lake and Lake Pleasant are the crown jewels of Hamilton County, anchor community of central Adirondack Park. Sacandaga Lake is located on the west side of Lake Pleasant, and the west shore is partially within Adirondack Park's West Canada Lakes Wilderness. Some private properties are located on the lakeshore, and a popular state campground occupies a portion called Moffitt Beach on the northeast shore. Sacandaga Lake has many bays and 13.2 miles of shoreline, of which approximately half is forever wild state forest preserve. A navigable channel connects Sacandaga Lake with Lake Pleasant. With over 1,500 acres of water surface, Sacandaga Lake offers plenty of fishing and boating fun. There are no major inflowing rivers into Sacandaga Lake, but a small watercourse called Sacandaga Outlet empties into nearby Lake Pleasant. This Sacandaga Lake is not to be confused with Great Sacandaga Lake, a reservoir downstream along the Sacandaga River which begins at Lake Pleasant. Source http://www.lakelubbers.com/ <!-- http://www.lakelubbers.com/sacandaga-lake--lake-pleasant-2264/ --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>Lake Pleasant</b> - the lake in Lake Pleasant NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakepleasant2small.jpg" align=right> Located only a few hundred yards away from Sacandaga Lake. Although a bit smaller at 1,475 acres, Lake Pleasant offers a marina which rents pontoons, ski boats, fishing boats and motors, kayaks and canoes; makes repairs; offers winter storage, launching facilities, and mooring apace; and sells marine supplies. An elevated fishing platform is located on the northeast corner of the lake, and a town boat launch near the outlet at the Sacandaga River off Route 8 is just outside of the Village of Speculator. A public beach is also located in Speculator. The Sacandaga River flows out of the north end of the lake into a series of wetlands and eventually becomes a sizable river tributary to the Hudson River. The two lakes are very popular for water skiing, pontooning, boating, canoeing and kayaking. Source http://www.sacandagalife.com/lake-pleasant/ and http://www.lakelubbers.com/ </td></tr></table></center> <!-- <b>Route 8 Scenic Byway</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> The town of Lake Pleasant and its small neighbor, the Village of Speculator at the north end of Lake Pleasant, are located on one of Adirondack Park's famous Scenic Byways: State Route 8. This Route is designated the Southern Adirondacks Trail and skirts the edge of both towns. </td></tr></table></center> --> <font size=+1> Day 4. <b>Blue Mountain Lake NY</b> and <b>Adirondacks Museum</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (7 July 2015 Tuesday) <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountainlakebanner.jpg"></center> drive to Blue Mountain Lake NY - 15 miles 18 minutes <br><b>Blue Mountain Lake</b> - mountain, town, lake <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountainlake3small.jpg" align=left> Historic Blue Mountain Lake, home of the Adirondack Museum. is on both the Adirondack Trail and the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byways. Visit the village, that's named for the Lake, that's named for the Mountain --- a very typical example of the inter-relationships of Adirondack places and place names. Many visitors are drawn to the village of Blue Mountain Lake to spend time at the Adirondack Museum. For more than fifty years this museum has been showcasing the interaction between the people who have lived, worked, and spent leisure time in the Adirondacks within the context of the Adirondack region's challenging and rewarding geography, climate, and beautiful wilderness appeal. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountainpicnicislandsmall.jpg" align=right> At the Adirondack Center for the Arts join other visitors, seasonal residents and year-round residents for visual and performing arts including performances, workshops, exhibits and educational programs. <br> Throughout the area you can visit shops and galleries that feature the works of local painters, photographers, potters, authors, jewelers, quilters, and furniture makers who are inspired by the magnificent beauty of the region. You'll find antique shops, outfitters and sporting goods stores, and general stores offering a wide variety of merchandise. There are plenty of four season recreation opportunities around Blue Mountain Lake, including hiking, boating, camping, and snowmobiling on an extensive trail system. <br> A two-mile trail leads to a rocky summit and a fire tower with views of the central Adirondacks and where an interpreter may be on hand to answer questions. Trailhead is located on Rt. 30 just above Adirondack Museum in Blue MT. Lake. Trail is 2 miles with a 1300 feet. elevation gain. An accessible fire tower provides complete views of Blue Mt. and Raquette Lakes plus the High Peaks. <!-- - (4 miles RT, difficult). After ascending some steep final grades, you'll be rewarded with partial views from the rocky summit and expansive views from the fire tower where an interpreter may be on hand to answer questions. A trail guide describing 14 interpretive stops is available at the trailhead. --> Source http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/ <!-- http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/community/blue-mountain-lake.html#resources --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>kayak and swim on Blue Mountain Lake</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountainlakekayakeredit.jpg" align=left> Full of crystal-clear water and public islands, Blue Mountain Lake is ideal for boating and picnicking. Public beach in Blue Mt Lake open from Memorial Day to Labor Day with lifeguard. Blue Mountain Lake is the perfect size for exploration with a canoe or kayak. There are several shallow sandy coves where you can take a refreshing summer swim. Other areas of the lake are a hundred feet deep. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/bluemountainlakerockislandsmall.jpg" align=right> The south and east sides of Blue Mountain Lake are lined with houses, cottages, and hotels, but other areas have been preserved as wilderness. There are a few smaller islands scattered around Blue Mountain Lake that are fun to explore on a picnic paddle. <li>Rock Island, boasting a 10' ledge where you can jump into 30' of water. <li>Osprey Island, complete with a 200 foot sand beach great for swimming <li>Seagull Islands sporting a shallow aquatic environment great for snorkeling <li>Rustic Pioneer Covered Bridge built by William West Durant in 1891, leading into Eagle Lake. <br>Source http://www.boatlivery.com/aroundthelake.html </td></tr></table></center> <b>Adirondacks Museum</b> in Blue Mountain Lake NY <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondackmuseumbanner.png"></center> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> The Smithsonian of the Adirondacks - The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake is located at the geographic <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondackmuseumlogo.gif" align=left> center of the Adirondack Park. With a campus spanning several acres, it is one of the largest museums in northern New York  and one of the most acclaimed. Likened to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C., the Adirondack Museum's open-air exhibits offer tangible connections to history, creating an interactive experience that explores each facet of the Park's past  from classic Adirondack furniture to environmental conservation efforts. <!-- Enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits, workshops and annual festivals at this top attraction in the Adirondack Wild Region. http://visitadirondacks.com/attractions/museums The Real Story of the Adirondacks: Yesterday and Today - With Blue Mountain rising behind it and Blue Mountain Lake sparkling below, the Adirondack Museum's vast campus features displays in 22 modern exhibition galleries and historic buildings. There are lush grounds and sweeping views. The exhibitions tell the unique story of the Adirondacks and its people. You will explore topics ranging from boating to logging, and there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities for kids, too. <br> There's no place on earth quite like the Adirondack Park, and there's no place in the Adirondack Park quite like the Adirondack Museum. We tell the stories of the people past and present who have lived worked and played in the region. Your Adirondack experience won't be complete without a visit to the Adirondack Museum! --> <li><b>Boats & Boating in the Adirondacks</b> Boats and Boating illustrates the importance of boats for transportation and for leisure in the Adirondacks. More than fifty boats are on exhibit each year. Featuring <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/admuseum1.jpg" align=right> displays of guideboats  an indigenous craft  and wooden canoes built by John Henry Rushton, including the Sairy Gamp, a ten and one -half pound canoe on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. Also on view are the 1905 Gold Cup race boat Skeeter and El Lagarto, the Leaping Lizard of Lake George. <!--, which won the Gold Cup three times in the 1930s. --> <li><b>Work in the Woods: Logging the Adirondacks</b> explores the history and traditions of one of the region's most important industries. Discover the tools used and species harvested in the Adirondacks as well as the products made from wood. See what life was like in a logging camp and how the industry has changed. <li><b>Adirondack Rustic</b> Rusticity is an American expression, inspired by romantic notions of wilderness as untamed nature. This concept of wilderness was really an imaginative creation since by the mid-19th century most "wild" land was tamed and lived in. Nevertheless the idea spawned an extraordinary output of furniture, architecture, <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/admuseum3.jpg" align=left> and art. Rusticity was, to a large degree, defined and refined in the Adirondacks. Ingenuity and imagination, novelty and fantasy are hallmarks of Adirondack rustic creations. The enduring fascination with rustic objects coincides with the enduring attraction of untouched natural places, and the importance of wilderness in American thought and culture. The Adirondack forest has served as a remarkable resource, fueling settlement, offering recreation, providing habitat and watershed protection. <!-- , and inspiring artist and artisan alike. Since the early 1800s local loggers have valued its timber just as city folk have looked to these same woods as sanctuary. --> <li>In <b>Adirondack Rustic: Nature's Art</b> the response to wilderness is to tame and capture its form in the things of everyday life: chair, bench, desk, dwelling. One man's lumber is another's artistic inspiration. <li><b>Boating in the Adirondacks</b> illustrates the importance of boats for transportation and for leisure in the Adirondacks. More than fifty boats are on exhibit each year. Featuring displays of guideboats  an indigenous craft  and wooden canoes built by John Henry Rushton, including the Sairy Gamp, a ten and one -half pound canoe. <!-- on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. --> <li><b>Roads and Rails: Everyday Life in the Age of Horses</b> - The museum's largest exhibit showcases transportation and community life. <!-- Not to be missed are the private railroad car, mammoth snow roller, Concord stagecoach, and the carriage that rushed Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt to a train in North Creek, New York the night President McKinley died. --> Sleighs, buggies, a horse-drawn hearse and many other vehicles create a sense of Adirondack life before cars. Displays about community life include the farming gallery, peddler's wagon, and a complete blacksmith shop. <br>Admission $18. On Route 30, Blue Mountain Lake NY. Website: http://www.adkmuseum.org/ </td></tr></table></center> <font size=+1> Day 5. <b>Lake Placid NY</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (8 July 2015 Wednesday) <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/placidlookoutbanner.png"></center> 9am drive to Lake Placid NY - 80 miles 1 hour 40 minutes <br> <b>About Lake Placid NY</b> A Summer of Endless Winter <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/placidbobsledsmall.jpg" align=left> SUVS loaded with bicycles and kayaks are making their way down Main Street, headed for dusty mountain trails and inviting waters. Vacationers sit sunning at outdoor cafes, and children frolic at the town beach. But close by, what appears to be a pile of snow is slowly melting, continually replenished by the frosty scrapings cleared from ice rinks by Zambonis. Farther down Main Street, a bobsled sits baking in the sun, and a few doors beyond that, a luge visibly radiates heat. It s summer in Lake Placid, host to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and now the home of an Olympic training center that attracts accomplished winter athletes from across the country  and they don t take the summer off. Inside the Olympic Center on Main Street, skaters are playing hockey, racing on speed-skating courses and leaping in double axels. Outside town, skiers practice their jumps, streaking down an incline covered in porcelain tile and <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeplacidrinksmall.jpg" align=right> landing on a plastic approximation of snow, while luge champions perfect their running starts on refrigerated ramps. <br> LAKE PLACID can feel cryogenically frozen in time  1980 to be exact, which was when this secluded pocket of the Adirondacks hosted its second Winter Olympics. <!-- The towering ski jumps and toboggan runs, not to mention the  Miracle on Ice hockey rink, look much as they did when Jimmy Carter was in office. --> But over the last few decades Lake Placid has quietly been adding non-Olympic attractions, including sophisticated farm-to-table restaurants, higher-grade lodgings and a gleaming convention center. Luckily the downtown has not lost its aura of Adirondack authenticity, with A-frame cottages and unpretentious boutiques drawing plenty of nonskiers. If the town were not smothered in Olympic logos, visitors might forget about its Olympics connections and think they had wandered into an idyllic Swiss hamlet. Source www.nytimes.com <!-- http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/travel/36-hours-lake-placid-ny.html?_r=0&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1392390114-Yi+TXkJKKPBfIZVsz0WeiA http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/10/travel/escapes/10placid.html --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/whiteface3small.png" align=left> Taking the Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway to the top of 4,867-foot high Whiteface Mountain, New York's fifth-highest peak isn't your typical automotive experience. How many other roads do you know that lead you <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/whiteface4small.jpg" align=right> directly to the best seat in the house the house being the Adirondack Park and the show being gorgeous views spanning hundreds of square miles of wild land reaching out to Vermont and Canada? Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondack Park so apparent and so easily accessible. The paved road rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the Toll House. At the summit, a few things you don't often find atop a peak: a castle built from native stone, a restaurant and gift shop, an elevator carved deep inside the mountain top itself and a truly spectacular 360-degree, panoramic view of unparalleled beauty. <!-- A visit to the Adirondacks is not complete without a drive to the top. This activity and many others are FREE with your Olympic Sites Passport! Pre-dating the ski area by about 20 years, the road to the summit was dedicated by Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1929, and opened, in 1936, by the same Roosevelt, though this time with a different title: President. Natural wildflowers grow roadside, a living museum of forest ecology. Anorthosite bedrock boulders, over a billion years old, stand by. --> Along the way up are nine designated spots where you are encouraged to stop to enjoy the view and discover more about the mountain surroundings from the posted information signs. Admission $10 for car/driver + $7/passenger. Website http://www.whiteface.com/ <!-- http://www.whiteface.com/activities/memorial-highway --> </td></tr></table></center> 1pm <b>Summer Jumping Series</b> at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid NY <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeplacidjumpingbanner.png"> <table width="96%"><tr><td> How do they do it get so good at something so difficult to practice? With their landing pad typically <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeplacidjump2small.png" align=left> a steep, snowy hill a few stories below, mistakes can hurt for freestyle aerialists and nordic jumpers. Freestyle aerialists practice their flips and twists over a 750,000-gallon pool. It allows the athletes to safely fine-tune their jumps all summer long, and it makes for great entertainment. Athletes launch themselves up to 40 feet in the air before flipping three times and twisting up to five times. You'll learn how they fit all those spins and flips into a few seconds of untethered hang time and how after all that they stick the landing and do it again. The country's best ski jumpers are spending their summer training and competing in Lake Placid and they'd like to share their high-flying sport with you. Come see these athletes, riding skis longer <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeplacidjump1small.png" align=right> than the skiers are tall, streak down the inruns at nearly 60 mph. If you're thinking, "You couldn't pay me enough money to leap off those towers!" don't worry, we wouldn't let you. But you can watch the athletes step out onto a platform nearly 27 stories high, calmly fold themselves into an aerodynamic tuck, slide straight down the steep inrun and fly for the length of a football field. <!-- It's beautiful. <br> Come to the Olympic Jumping Complex during one of our Summer Jumping Series for an up-close demonstration by some of the world's best. With prizes and giveaways, it's a great way for a family to spend a summer day together. You're invited to participate in the action (by cheering, not jumping) and stick around afterward to meet the athletes and ask for autographs. --> Admission $16/$10. At 5486 Cascade Road, Lake Placid NY 12946. Check calendar for availability (3 times a week) 1pm. Website http://www.whiteface.com/ <!-- http://www.whiteface.com/activities/summer-jumping-series --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>John Brown Farm</b> - a State Historic Site at 115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid, NY 12946 <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/johnbrownsmall.jpg" align=left> High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Many Americans know the song "John Brown's body lies a-mouldering in the grave," but most do not associate the words with this simple farm at North Elba, New York. On the night of October 16, 1859, Brown and his followers assaulted the U.S. Arsenal <!-- <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/johnbrown2small.jpg" align=right> --> at Harper's Ferry, planning to use the captured arms in an extensive campaign for the liberation of the slaves in the South. Brown was captured on October 18, 1859, imprisoned at Charlestown, Virginia, tried by the Commonwealth of Virginia, and hanged on December 2, 1859. <!-- His body was returned to North Elba and was buried in front of his home on December 8, 1859. The remains of several of Brown's followers, who fought and died at Harper's Ferry, were moved to this small graveyard in 1899. --> Park website: http://nysparks.com/historic-sites/29/details.aspx </td></tr></table></center> <b>Shops in Lake Placid</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/antique.jpg" align=right> As you stroll in and out of the dozens of stores on Main Street you may notice that many of the shops' owners can be found behind the counters; this is true for so many shops in the Adirondacks, we love where we live, we love what we sell. After you stroll the main strip, be sure to take a ride (by car or by trolley) and visit the shops leading in and out of Lake Placid. <!-- From antique stores to bakeries, wine shops to art galleries, the area is worth exploring - you're sure to find something you just can't leave behind. Strike up a conversation  and be sure to take a piece of the Adirondacks and your perfect day in Lake Placid home with you. <br> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/placidshop.jpg" align=right> --> One of the best things to do is to visit the many Lake Placid antique shops where curiosities can be found! Time worn or pristine, antique furniture of the Adirondacks and unique pieces from around the world, these pieces from times gone by evoke a nostalgic feeling in the shopper. <!-- Whether you are looking for first edition books or antique jewelry, --> You will love shopping Lake Placid's many antique stores. Truly no other form of shopping leaves you with the same sense of having found a treasure! Source http://www.lakeplacid.com/ <!-- http://www.lakeplacid.com/do/shop --> </td></tr></table></center> <!-- <b>Kayak on Lake Placid</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakeplacidkayak2small.jpg" align=right> <li>put in at Mirror Lake Drive in Lake Placid NY <li>estimated round trip distance 5 miles <br> Carved by glaciers, its islands forming a figure eight pattern when viewed from above, Lake Placid provides hours of paddling just a minute from the center of the village. Although the Saranac Lakes chain and St. Regis Canoe area may be better known among the paddling set, Lake Placid also offers miles of cool, slate blue, easily accessible water. The village of Lake Placid and surrounding area is a very popular summer tourist destination, but apart from the Fourth of July, the lake itself often feels secluded and quiet. There are about 225 homes on its shores and islands, but these are found in between miles of the uninterrupted greenery of state land. and are seldom occupied for more than a few weeks at a time. Source http://www.lakeplacidnews.com/ http://www.lakeplacidnews.com/page/content.detail/id/501284/KAYAKING-ON-LAKE-PLACID--A--great-way-to-enjoy-the-water-of-Lake-Placid.html?nav=5018 </td></tr></table></center> 7:30pm <b>Saturday Night Ice Show</b> at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/iceshowsmall.jpg" align=left> Many of the world's best skaters honed their skills at the Saturday Night Ice Shows. Olympians Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Rachael Flatt and Amanda Evora & Mark Ladwig skated here en route to the Games while Olympic gold medalist Sarah Hughes performed here as a young skater. Presented most Saturday nights, the Saturday Night Ice Shows features performances by athletes whose names, if you don't know them already, are likely to become familiar soon. Under the lights at the intimate 1932 Rink Jack Shea Arena, in the Olympic Center, skaters perform their competitive programs and group numbers, taking risks and trying new tricks to see what works. The rink, training ground for countless world-class skaters, is testament to Lake Placid's Olympic heritage. Named after Jack Shea, a local speedskater who won two gold medals in the 1932 Winter Games, the arena provides the perfect setting for a family to watch the next generation skating stars. Admissin $10/$8. Website http://www.whiteface.com/activities/saturday-night-ice-shows </td></tr></table></center> --> <font size=+1> Day 6. <b>Fort Ticonderoga</b> and <b>Lake George NY</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (9 July 2015 Thursday) <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/canonsbanner.png"></center> drive to Fort Ticonderoga NY - 64 miles and 1 hour 20 minutes <br> <b>Fort Ticonderoga</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/fortticonderogasoldier.png" align=left> Fort Ticonderoga is where the clash for empire and struggle for liberty happened! Fort Ticonderoga is America s Fort and is one of the most significant and oldest historic places to visit in North America. It tells the story of how the armies of Great Britain and France struggled to control a continent and where a generation later Americans fought to establish a free nation. It celebrates how America remembers its past and finds inspiration in the power of place to preserve its epic history for future generations. <br> <i>Our Story</i> America made history at Fort Ticonderoga! For a generation this remote post on Lake Champlain guarded the narrow water highway connecting New France with Britain's American colonies. Whichever nation controlled Ticonderoga controlled a continent. During the American Revolution Fort Ticonderoga was the scene of America's first major victory in its struggle for independence and the United States' northern stronghold protecting New York and New England from British invasion from Canada. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/fortticonderoga1small.png" align=right> A popular destination for history lovers since the early 19th century, Fort Ticonderoga is one of America s earliest historic preservation projects with efforts to preserve the site dating back to 1820. When the restoration began nearly a century later in 1909, the museum s founders began a legacy of sharing Ticonderoga s epic history that has continued for over a century. <!-- Today, Fort Ticonderoga educates people from all nations on the events that took place here that changed the course of world history forever. Follow the links below to learn more about the people, places, and events associated with Ticonderoga s exciting past! --> <li><b>Key to the Continent Tour: Setting the Scene for 1776</b> - daily 10:15am, 1:15pm, 3:15pm. Trace the footsteps of American soldiers who converged on the historic French Fort at Ticonderoga in 1776 to make their stand against a British invasion. Learn how American soldiers put their ingenuity, endurance, and mettle to the test to defend their new nation. <!-- Explore on-going preservation efforts that keep their memory alive. --> <li><b>Musket Firing Demonstrations</b> - daily 11am, 2pm. Does Hollywood get it right? Imagine what it was like in 1776 to guard earthen walls, keeping a cool head to load, aim, and fire a musket to hold your ground. Make up your own mind about the movies. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/kingsgardensmall.png" align=left> <li><b>The King's Garden</b> - The walled King s Garden was originally designed in 1921 by leading landscape architect Marian Coffin. The formal elements  a reflecting pool, manicured lawn and hedges, and brick walls and walkways  are softened by a profusion of annuals and perennials, carefully arranged by color and form. Heirloom flowers and modern cultivars are used to recreate the historic planting scheme. Visitor favorites include the lavender border, towering hollyhocks, bearded irises, dinner plate dahlias and many types of phlox. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/heroicmazesmall.png" align=right> <li><b>Heroic Maze:</b> A Corn Maze Adventure! Explore our six-acre corn maze designed especially for Fort Ticonderoga! Visitors will find clues connected to our story as they find their way through the maze. Share time with family and friends while exploring a unique corn maze located on the shores of Lake Champlain at Fort Ticonderoga. Getting lost in this life-size puzzle is part of the fun as you look for history clues among towering stalks of corn! Winding paths will confuse and delight the entire family. The Heroic Maze is designed to be challenging, but still allows visitors to exit quickly if needed. The maze is divided into two phases so you can customize your experience! Open 9:30am to 5pm. Admission $18 includes Kings Garden and Heroic Maze. Website: http://www.fortticonderoga.org/ </td></tr></table></center> drive to Lake George Village NY - along Route 9N 38 miles 1 hour+ <br><b>About Lake George the lake</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakegeorgechair.jpg" align=left> Lake George is approximately 32 miles long and nearly 2 miles wide. Much of the shore line, particularly the eastern shore, is unsettled. Due to tight restrictions, through federally and state administered conservation efforts, it will forever remain so. The shoreline ranges from beautiful, quiet, sandy beaches to rocky crags, cliffs, marshes and tall hemlock stands. <!-- <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakegeorgeboat.jpg" align=right> --> The water quality and clarity is excellent. In fact the water is so clean, most of the summer and year round residents take their daily drinking water directly from the lake, without purification. Boating on the lake runs the gamut from small personal watercraft like jet skis, to the larger tour boats. Fishing, kayaking, canoeing on the lake is very popular and don t forget to look up from time to time to see someone parasailing over the beautiful waters of Lake George. <br>Source: http://www.lakegeorgechamber.com/ <!-- http://www.lakegeorgechamber.com/Libraries/Documents_For_Download/Lake_George_2013_Guide.sflb.ashx --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>At Lake George Village NY</b> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakegeorgevillagebanner.png"> <table width="96%"><tr><td> <!-- <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakegeorgelogo.gif" align=left> --> Lake George Village is the hub of the resort area. One can walk the streets and be entertained by magicians and clowns, sit by the lake and enjoy a concert, swim or sunbathe, eat in a gourmet restaurant, or stroll with an ice cream cone or piece of pizza. Something new and exciting is happening every day, from fireworks on Thursdays, big bands on Tuesdays, to wonderful boat cruises and carriage rides every night. <!-- Come by boat, by trolley, or by car - it will be a visit to please you and your family, any season, any time. Source http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/about/communities/Village-of-Lake-George --> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakegeorgewalk.jpg" align=right> The Village of Lake George offers the largest mix of attractions, restaurants, shops, nightlife. You can walk within a two-block radius and go fishing or rent a boat, watch a war reenactment, relax on the beach, take a cruise, play miniature golf, parasail, hit the arcades, ride in a horse drawn carriage, have a cocktail overlooking the lake, enjoy a micro-brew or wine tasting, or just relax on a bench and watch the world go by. Stroll or drive through some of the finest shopping in the Northeast. You ll find everything from T-shirts to the finest designer apparel at the numerous area shops, many within a few blocks of each other. There are Outlet stores, with brand-name merchandise at deeply discounted prices, and high-end boutiques. Be sure to bring home local foods and crafts, which can be found both in stores and at festivals. And, there s plenty of Adirondack furniture to be found; this is the Adirondacks after all. <br> Sources http://www.visitlakegeorge.com and http://www.lakegeorgechamber.com/Home.aspx </td></tr></table></center> drive back to Indian Lake NY - 46 miles 52 minutes <br> <b>More about Adirondacks</b> <table width="96%"><tr><td> <li>What does "Adirondack" mean? The word  Adirondack' originated as a derogatory term given to the Algonquin tribe by neighboring Mohawk, meaning "barkeaters." <li>Over 240 lakes and ponds and hundreds of miles of river and stream provide for endless outdoor activities during the summer months. There is no place more popular for a family week of swimming, sailing and waterskiing, or a leisurely canoe trip into the scenic heart of Adirondack Lake Country. </td></tr></table></center> <font size=+1> Day 7. <b>The Wild Center</b> in Tupper Lake NY </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (10 July 2015 Friday) <br>drive to Tupper Lake Village NY - 45 miles 54 minutes <br> <b>Tupper Lake Village</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/tupperlakesmall.jpg" align=left> Tupper Lake is on two Scenic Byways and is home to the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, known as the WILD Center. The Village of Tupper Lake has long been known as the  crossroads of the Adirondacks because of its geographic location in just about the exact middle of the six million acre Adirondack Park. A gentle rolling landscape of hills, lakes, ponds, and streams makes Tupper Lake the headquarters for the "10 Rivers Region. <!-- This is an area of 30 miles in all directions where you can explore the major rivers that flow within the Adirondack Park: the Cold River, Raquette River, Beaver River, Marion River, Oswegatchie River, St. Regis River, Bog River, Grass River, and Saranac River. --> Tupper Lake was the lumber capital of New York in the early 1900s, and its lumberjack heritage and today s lumber based businesses give the town a distinctive North Woods atmosphere--with a dash of Quebecois, there's a part of town that locals call the French Village. Make sure to visit the town s beautiful historic synagogue, and the restored old movie theater. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/tupperlake2small.jpg" align=right> <li>Historic Beth Joseph Synagogue - A New York State and National Historical Site. Beth Joseph is the oldest Synagogue in the Adirondacks. The site recently celebrated its centennial. Founded in 1905 to serve the few year round Jewish households living in Tupper Lake, the congregation never exceeded more than 35 families. After being closed for nearly four decades, the 1980s saw a successful fundraising and restoration effort for the building and its contents. <br>Source: http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/community/tupper-lake.html <!-- check on schedule for 2015 for woodchopping competition http://woodsmendays.com/ --> </td></tr></table></center> <b>The Wild Center</b> - The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildcenterbanner.jpg"> <table width="96%"><tr><td> There's a day's worth of things to see and do at the 54,000-square-foot Center and on our 81-acre campus. Come explore the exhibit halls, create your own work of art, meet one of our many animals at an animal encounter, take a woodland snowshoe down to the Raquette River, join us for a live show, or watch one <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildcenter3.jpg" align=left> of many amazing films produced by The Wild Center. It's all covered by your single admission. <br> Unique Museum Experience. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is a museum like none other. Its exhibits are living, breathing ecosystems designed to educate visitors about the natural and civilized realms of New York's Forever Wild Park. Artifacts and exhibits are rarely hidden behind glass, curators do not require white gloves to touch anything and there is no need for hushed voices. <!-- Here, each room is designed to be a sensory experience, to inspire visitors of all ages and excite curiosity about nature. --> <br> Acres of Adirondack Wilderness. Situated on 31 acres near the geographic center of the Adirondack Park, the museum is dedicated to understanding the park's ecosystems and educating each new generation about the fragile balance of man and nature. As a not-for-profit, science-based museum, each exhibit and program is carefully created and installed to maximize the visitor experience. <br> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildcenter1.jpg" align=right> <li><b>Planet Adirondack</b> fills its own hall for daily guided events where you can watch the Earth come to life in an amazing display that will help you see the world with new eyes. The exhibit gives you a space-eye view of Earth, and using a high tech system of cameras, staff can show you incredible views from space, that show everything from airplanes taking off and landing across the planet in a 24-hour period to watching storms in real time. Using this technology we are able to bring global events to a local level here in the Adirondacks. <!-- <li><b>The Pond Loop Trail</b> is fully accessible and has bridges that take you over the water. The osprey tower is also on the Pond Loop. --> <li><b>The Meadow Bird & Oxbow Overlook</b> trails lead you past The Wild Center's Cairn down to special overlooks on an unusual oxbow on the Raquette River. The Canoe rides are located on this river. <li><b>The Flammer Theater</b> - widescreen theater features a series of films shown daily throughout <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildcenter2.jpg" align=left> the year. Each film depicts an aspect of the natural world, as well as its history. <br> Wild Adirondacks (18 Minutes) - Enjoy the wonders of the Adirondacks through the stunning photography of Carl Heilman. Show times: 10:30am, 3pm <br>A Matter of Degrees (25 Minutes) - Travel back to the age of mastodons and ice to see the difference a few degrees can make. Narrated by Sigourney Weaver that explores the icy history of the Adirondacks. Show time 3:30pm. <li><b>Moments, Reimagining Nature through Art</b> is an interactive experience where you can see how <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildcenter4.jpg" align=right> much art you have in your own hands. The natural world is filled with wild moments  the split seconds that animals come in contact with each other and the world around them. Artists capture these moments and let us learn new ways to see into the moments around us. You can walk into the Moments experience, use your camera or canvas to catch time, and leave with new ways to witness the natural world and deepen your understanding of animals, plants and the landscapes we inhabit. <li><b>The Wild Walk</b> will take visitors up a trail of bridges to the treetops of the Adirondack forest. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/wildwalk.jpg" align=left> It s designed to transform the way we see into the natural world by offering up the perspective of the rest of nature. The Wild Walk experience includes a four-story twig tree house and swinging bridges, a spider s web where people can hang out, and chances to just sit and observe the forest below. There s a full-sized bald eagle s nest at the highest point where visitors can perch and imagine. Our own human view is usually head high, and when we see a picture taken from another perspective it often surprises. Put a camera looking up through the moss, or looking down from on high, and you see something new. At Wild Walk, you can ascend, foot by foot, leaving the view we see most often, and wander into planes you may not have seen since you scraped your younger legs up a tree trunk. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/maplesyrup.jpg" align=right> <li><b>The Wild Supply Co.</b> Our store is worth its own visit, with quality gear, beautiful decorative items for the home and garden, and exclusive Wild Center merchandise. Also visit our Green Gifts section of the store which features an entire array of unique sustainable gift and household items. <li><b>The Waterside Cafe</b> - Our condiments are housemade, produce is local, roast beef and turkeys are roasted here, and our bread is fresh and local. Come and make an enjoyable waterfront meal part of your Wild Center experience. The cafe is open daily in the summer season from 10am-5pm. The caf has indoor seating and outdoor seating on a covered terrace overlooking Greenleaf Pond. <br> <!-- Touring the Wild Center is the perfect thing to do in Tupper Lake - rain or shine. --> Open 10am to 6pm. Admission $17. <!-- http://www.adirondacklakes.com/attractions/museums/wild-center.html --> Website http://www.wildcenter.org/ </td></tr></table></center> <!-- <b>Timberworks Lumberjack Show</b> in Woodsmen's Days ??? check schedule for 2015 <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> Woodsmen s Days is where Logger Show meets County Fair meets Flea Market! Food concessions, wares of all types <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lumberjack.jpg" align=left> including artisan-crafted wood products, light and heavy equipment and industry suppliers provide ample shopping opportunities for all! Celebrating the logging industry and Tupper Lake's roots. <br> Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. No it s not Superman  these  men of steel are LUMBERJACKS! Captivating audiences for the past 25 years, Timberworks Lumberjack Show Powered by STIHL provides images of man against the impossible along with the sport derived out of a nation s heritage. The Show includes such events as axe throwing, chopping, log rolling, cross cut sawing, hot sawing and chainsaw carving. These century old skills were used in the logging camps of North America. To pass idle time, lumberjacks would challenge <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lumberjack2.jpg" align=right> each other in a head-to-head competition. Although technology and machinery have replaced manual labor, the skills are still used today by the Lumberjacks in the STIHL Timberworks Lumberjack Show. <br> Feel the rush of adrenaline as competitors race up poles at lightning speed or saw through twelve inches of aspen with the speed of a modern day chain saw. Then move to the edge of your seat as competitors show off their fancy footwork while running on logs or axe throw with the precision of a dart board champion. Timberworks Lumberjack Shows has been featured on ABC s Wide World of Sports, TNN, ESPN Jeep Trails, Discovery Channel s  . Website http://woodsmendays.com/wp/?page_id=71 </td></tr></table></center> --> <b>Saranac Lake Village</b> - 21 miles 26 minutes from Tupper Lake NY <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/saranaclakevillage2.jpg" align=left> Historic Saranac Lake, on the Olympic Scenic Byway, has a vibrant downtown, pleasant riverwalk, and dozens of cultural activities. When you visit Saranac Lake, you'll understand why it was named the best small town in New York State and ranked 11th in the United States in The 100 Best Small Towns in America. In the early 1900's the Village of Saranac Lake, with its fresh mountain air and rejuvenating climate, became an international destination and pioneer health resort for people suffering from tuberculosis. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/saranaclakevillagesmall.jpg" align=right> Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau discovered the cure for TB, gaining worldwide attention for this quaint mountain village. Many  cure cottages still exist today and appear as they did in the 1900 s. <!-- Historic Saranac Lake offers many opportunities for you to explore the town. --> Visit the museum at the restored Saranac Lake Union Depot and board a train for scenic excursions through the Adirondacks. If you're a paddler, Saranac Lake is a great base for exploring the  ancient highway of the Adirondacks, the chain of lakes that connects Saranac Lake with Old Forge, 90 miles away. <!-- Other popular activities in the area include hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and natures walks. --> Source: http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/ <!-- http://www.adirondackscenicbyways.org/community/saranac-lake.html#resources --> </td></tr></table></center> <font size=+1> Day 8. <b>Kayak on Lake Durant</b> </font><font size=-1> &nbsp; (11 July 2015 Saturday) <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondackbanner3.png"></center> <b>Adirondack Park History</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <!-- From the early 19th century, the deep woods, lakes and mountains of the Adirondacks have beguiled empresses, inspired railroad tycoons and offered solace to poets, painters and authors. Spanning an astounding six million acres, the Adirondack Regions beckon each new generation to discover what it means to become part of an adventure story centuries in the making. --> When the Adirondack Park was created in 1892 by the State of New York - this diverse mountain <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondack1.jpg" align=left> landscape was a wild place. Full of pristine waterways, boreal forests and the towering Adirondack Mountains. It was land ripe for cultivation or conservation, and it was already on the brink <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/adirondack2.jpg" align=right> of wide-spread deforestation. Clear cutting was a growing concern for many in the late 1800s, but it wasn't until 1894 that the Adirondack Forest Preserve was established and recognized as a constitutionally protected Forever Wild area. Of the Adirondack Park's 6 million acres, 2.6 million acres are owned by the state. The remaining 3.4 million acres are privately owned. Within the Adirondack Region is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. It is also home to 105 towns and villages. There is often a misperception that the Adirondack Park is a national or state park, yet the region's mix of public and private land allow for conservation and civilization to thrive. Source http://visitadirondacks.com/ <!-- http://visitadirondacks.com/about/mountains/adirondack-park --> </td></tr></table></center> morning <b>Kayak on Lake Durant</b> at Durant Road in Blue Mountain Lake NY - 9 miles 12 minutes drive <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/lakedurant4small.jpg" align=left> Originally known as the "34 Flow", Lake Durant was created by the lumbering industry to impound water used in the rafting of logs to downstream sawmills on the Hudson River. After use for lumbering, the area was left with flood killed trees. During the 1933-1935 period, the flooded area was cleared by Civil Works Administration crews. In August of 1938, the Lake was christened as "Lake Durant", and dedicated for "recreational purposes" to the general public. <!-- http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24473.html --> <br> <li>paddle west, portage around foot bridge and continue to Rock Pond <li>estimated round trip paddle distance = 5 miles </td></tr></table></center> 10am drive back home to Norfolk MA - 268 miles 4 hours 50 minutes <br>4pm <b>Home Sweet Home</b> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/johnbrownbanneredit.png"> <!-- <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sixflagsbanner.png"></center> 10am to 5pm <b>Six Flags Great Escape</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sixflags1.jpg" align=left> <li><b>Comet</b>A classic coaster that provides out-of-this-world thrills, The Great Escape s Comet is rated as one of the top wooden coasters on Earth. <li><b>Steamin Demon</b> takes you on a rampage through mind-wrenching loops and breathtaking corkscrews. <li><b>Boomerang Coast to Coaster</b> Blast through a thrilling course before doing it over again in reverse. Climb aboard Boomerang Coast to Coaster, and you'll find yourself slowly pulled backwards up an imposing lift. Then suddenly the train is released, and you're flying through a harrowing sequence of loops and corkscrews, followed by a return trip you'll never forget. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sixflags2.jpg" align=right> <li><b>Splashwater Kingdom</b> Come cool off with some of New York's wettest, wildest water park action. Splashwater Kingdom is home to numerous rides and water activities for all ages. And best of all, you can visit for free with your The Great Escape theme park admission. Get drenched in 150 different ways on Paul Bunyan's Bucket Brigade"! Splash around in our 500,000-gallon wave pool <li>Take the <b>Banshee Plunge</b> down this thrilling tube slide. Open through Labor Day. Bring your swimsuit! <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/sixflags3.jpg" align=left> <li><b>Black Cobra</b> Blast down two enclosed water slides in complete darkness on Black Cobra. Bring your swimsuit! Guests must be 42" min. to ride alone. <li><b>Mega Wedgie</b> Drop down a 100-foot tunnel and take a swirling ride around a giant bowl before splashing into the pool below. Presented by Trident. <br>Park website: http://www.sixflags.com/greatEscape/index.aspx </td></tr></table></center> <br>10am to 2pm <b>Kayak on North Moose River</b> <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> <li>put in at Route 28 in Old Forge NY <li>take out at North Street in Old Forge NY <li>estimated distance = 7.5 miles <br>The Old Forge area offers lots of great paddling opportunities for both canoers and kayakers. Bring your boat with you or rent one from one from a rental shop. If your looking to paddle a single day or many days Old Forge is a great place for paddlers. <br> Old Forge is embraced by the North and Middle branches of the Moose River, offering wilderness paddling opportunities immediately accessible from the village. The North Branch offers winding, backcounty scenery flowing with the current from Rondaxe Bridge near Rondaxe Lake. Deer, otters, beavers and Great Blue Herons are frequently seen on the 12-mile excursion which typically takes about six hours. Approximately four miles downstream from Rondaxe is North Bridge, another popular put-in spot on the outskirts of Old Forge off North Street. All of the same scenery and wildlife is available, and small, sandy beaches provide picnic spots. This route is the last four hours of the Rondaxe trip. The Middle Branch of the Moose, flowing from the dam at Old Forge Pond, joins the North Branch near the Thendara Bridge in Old Forge. The gorgeous river continues meandering through the Black River Wild Forest to Minnehaha, then to Singing Waters, where the river gathers speed. The Moose spills over small rock gardens through McKeever, then establishes itself as one of the premier whitewater resources in the Northeast. Class IV and Class V rapids provide experienced paddlers Adirondack whitewater adventures on the Lower Moose. <br>Source: Old Forge NY town website: http://www.oldforgeny.com/recreation.html </td></tr></table></center> 2pm to 3pm <b>View Art Gallery</b> in Old Forge Ny <center><table width="96%"><tr><td> View is dedicated to making the visual and performing arts an integral and accessible part of the lives of residents and visitors of the Adirondacks, inspired by and reflecting the beauty of our natural environment. <br>View fulfills this mission year-round through <li> An extensive offering of exhibitions of regional and national interest and impact, with a special emphasis on the presentation of the work of living artists, and <li> Workshops and classes, public performances, lectures, and other activities for personal enrichment and involvement, and <li> Space where artists and performers can develop and share their talents. <br>In so doing, View will serve as a catalyst for encouraging the creative spirit that has long been an Adirondack tradition. Website: http://www.artscenteroldforge.org/index.cfm </td></tr></table></center> <center><img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasmbanner.png"></center> drive to Ausable Chasm NY - 104 miles and 1 hour 50 minutes <br><b>Ausable Chasm</b> <table width="96%"><tr><td> <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasm3.jpg" align=left> Over 10 million visitors have explored Ausable Chasm, the oldest natural attraction in the USA (est. 1870)! <x-- The amazing sights of the chasm will take your breath away.x-> Enjoy walking along our towering cliff walks in the midst of a primeval forest that peers into the chasm from many scenic overlooks and vistas. Descend 150 feet into the depths of the chasm to walk the natural stone walkways of our famous Inner Sanctum trail that has amazed guests for 139 years! Sturdy walkways, bridges and stairs make this adventure possible - a unique experience that is not to be missed! <br> <x-- Wander for several miles (up to 5 miles - 1 mile minimum) on our well-maintained, self-guided walking trails where one breathtaking view after another awaits. Each of the many scenic vistas provides our guests with a different perspective of the natural beauty of Ausable Chasm while interpretive signage describes native flora, wildlife, and geologic history. What's new? We've added another mile of trail to our popular Rim Walk that now allows our guests to explore the entire chasm on foot! <br> Step back in time as you walk our nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. x-> <b>Classic Tour</b> Follow the scenic trails through the oldest natural attraction in the United States to view <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasm5.jpg" align=right> unique rock formations such as Elephant s Head, Column Rock, Hyde s Cave & Jacob s Well. You'll want to have your camera with you as you explore the stunning depths of the Chasm on the Inner Sanctum Trail where breathtaking views from natural stone walkways are found around every turn. Our many bridges, stairs and vistas make this unique adventure an amazing experience! After a minimum one mile walk** you ll board a raft and float through the narrowest and deepest region of Ausable Chasm. Experienced and knowledgeable guides navigate the rafts between the towering cliffs of the Grand Flume, past the Broken Needle and around the Whirlpool Basin while discussing the geology and history of the chasm. The rapids found mid-way through the float tour are a visitor favorite! Following the float tour guests have several options: explore the Rim Trail for true birds-eye views of the chasm, meander through two smaller "dry" chasms on the Dry Chasm Trails, or simply hop aboard one of our trolley's for a quick and easy return to the Welcome Center. <li>Basic Admission $17 / Child 5-12 $11; Classic Tour $12 add to basic admission <br><b>Adventure Trail</b> (via ferrata cable course) <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/rockclimber2.png" align=left> Strap on a harness and explore the breathtaking Upper Chasm!  a region of the chasm that is not accessible on any other tour/trail. Crisscross over the raging Ausable River while on this semi-guided and extremely unique cable course that features cable traverses, cable bridges, via ferrata, cargo net climb, edge walks and more. <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasm4.jpg" align=right> Guests should not attempt this course with a heart condition, back injury, neck injury, injured/immobile limbs, and/or pregnant. Proper footwear required: closed toe, no flip flops. While not necessary/required, guests who would like to wear gloves (tight fitting) on the course are welcome to bring their own - none are provided. <li>$25 per person (basic admission required) Classic Tour Plus combo $50 (save $5) <x-- <br><b>Caves & Waterfalls Tour (extra $10)</b> Deep inside the Chasm, the tour proceeds to Elephant s Head Rock, the Chasm s most famous rock formation, where guides will explain how the forces of nature created this natural wonder. The next stop is inside <img src="/itineraries/2015_adirondacks/ausablechasm2.jpg" align=left> the Devil s Oven Cave, carved by a whirlpool thousands of years ago. After hiking back up stream, the tour continues under the historic, Route 9 arch bridge to the base of Rainbow Falls. If you thought this 80 foot waterfall was amazing from the bridge, the view from the pool will drop your jaw. Depending on water levels, the tour will bring you close enough to shower in the mist. The tour concludes with a climb back up the steep staircase. Be sure to bring a camera, as your guide will be happy to take your photo at a few choice locations. Hiking boots are highly recommended as you need to be prepared to scramble over loose rocks, walk on slick sections of sandstone, and explore where no railings separate you and the raging waters. Guests must be at least 13 years old and possess a good level of physical fitness. Approximately one hour of hiking. <br>Admission $16 Guided Tour extra $10 Open 9am to 5pm daily x-> <br>At Route 9, Ausable Chasm, NY 12911 Phone: 518-834-7454. Take I-87 North to Exit 34, take right to Route 9 North. <br>Website http://www.ausablechasm.com/ </td></tr></table></center> drive back to Indian Lake NY - 104 miles and 1 hour 50 minutes <br> --> </td> </tr> </table> <table width=300 cellpadding=10> <tr> <td valign=center> Download printer-friendly PDF version: <br><i>(black letters on white background)</i> </td> <td> <a href="/itineraries/pdf-2015-adirondacks.pdf"><img src="/graphics/iconpdf.gif" align=right border=0></a> </td> </tr> </table> </center> </body> </html>