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Plan a Seasonal Getaway to Indian Lake in the Adirondacks

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2018-09-24 22:39:00

The town of Indian Lake, nestled in the heart of the six-million acre Adirondack Park, has been a favorite woodsy oasis for centuries. Since the town was established in 1858, generations of guests have come here to bask in the area’s natural beauty, take part in outdoor adventures, and enjoy the friendly hometown atmosphere and hospitality of this favorite Adirondack gem.

Like many beloved Adirondack spots, visitors to this area are met with seemingly endless array of outdoor activities to choose from. Hiking and biking, canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fishing, and camping are all popular adventures here, with an abundance of trails, lakes and rivers to explore nearby. Take your pick; you can rent canoes, kayaks and larger boats, enjoy a guided tour, go for a swim, or spend some time casting out a line. The Indian River is close by, and the Hudson River, known for its excellent whitewater rafting, forms part of the town of Indian Lake’s eastern border. A variety of local outfitters offer visitors a chance to experience the thrills for themselves on either one.

The Indian Lake area is also home to a family-friendly, customizable hiking challenge called the ‘4-3-2-1’. The concept is simple: finish 10 hikes, take a picture of yourself with the summit sign at the end of each trail, document your trip on the challenge form, and when you reach the tenth hike, you are eligible to receive your patch from the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce. There are nearly 40 trails to choose from, ranging from gentle to strenuous, and no deadline to finish.

Small enough to have no traffic lights at all, the town of Indian Lake still offers plenty to do when you get back from the woods. Grab a bite to eat at a delicious local restaurant, then do some souvenir shopping along the town’s charming main street. The Indian Lake Museum features artifacts and displays about the history of the area dating back to before the town was established, while an original 1938 theater, Indian Lake Theater Community Stage and Screen,  offers movies, operas, and other live performances throughout the year. There are even historic Adirondack Great Camps nearby, remnants of the golden-age luxury and splendor that the wealthy brought to their summer homes up this way.

Whether you’re in search of a summertime getaway, a scenic drive through fall foliage, or a winter playground, make sure to plan your own visit to find out what makes Indian Lake such a special Adirondack place.

Fall foliage photo credit Andy Arthur
Sunrise dock photo credit WxMom
Hiking trail photo credit Andy Arthur
Indian Lake library photo credit Southern Adirondack Library Systems
Mountaintop view photo credit Andy Arthur

posted at: 2018-09-24 22:39:00, last updated: 2020-03-17 20:31:11

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