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Explore Four Corners of the 'Adirondack Hub' This Summer

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2023-06-11 21:59:00


Four towns and their surrounding wilderness make up the Adirondack Hub: Newcomb, North Hudson, Minerva, and Schroon Lake. Located in the southeastern part of the Adirondacks--north of Lake George, south of Lake Placid, and east of the Central Adirondacks--the area is home to vast wilderness, lots of waterways, historic and natural attractions, shopping and dining opportunities, and more-- in short, everything you might be looking for on an Adirondack getaway.

 
The Adirondack Hub area is home to several rivers, lakes and ponds for paddlers to enjoy. If you prefer a bigger boat, you can bring your own or rent one from a marina to take advantage of the larger lakes in the area, or climb aboard a historic boat tour on Schroon Lake. There’s also plenty of great fishing to do. Each of the four towns that make up the Adirondack Hub have public beaches where you can go to soak up the sun if you’d rather be in the water, not on it. There are even whitewater rafting opportunities close by. Of course, the woods draw just as many visitors as the water does, and for good reason. All told, there are hundreds of miles of trails crisscrossing plenty of wilderness surrounding the Adirondack Hub. There are even railbike tours available through Revolution Rail Company in North Creek.

 
The area is also home to several unique attractions, including Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, which offers visitors the opportunity to explore ancient rock formations, learn about Adirondack history and geology, and get a hands-on experience with fossils, crystals, stones and gems. Waterfalls, grottos, and surface caves along the way provide plenty of things to take in as you go. Back at the starting point, there are plenty of activities that will thrill kids, including gemstone and crystal “mining,” a Dino Dig, bouldering wall, gift shop and museum.

 
Another unique stop is The Adirondack Interpretive Center, located on SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Newcomb campus. The 236-acre property features interpretive trails through various habitats, including lakeshores, rivers, forests and wetlands, with great views, picnic areas, and canoe launches. The Adirondack Interpretive Center itself offers exhibits, interactive displays, photos and publications highlighting the Adirondacks’ history and natural beauty, with information on local wildlife, habitats, and the ecological past and future of this protected land. Staff naturalists are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
 
 
In addition to its natural history, the Adirondack Hub has ties to more “human” history, too. Great Camp Santanoni is one of the Gilded Age Adirondack Great Camps that has survived the test of time and is still standing for visitors to explore today (note: the grounds are open year-round, but buildings are only accessible when staff are on site.  The American painter Winslow Homer also has ties to the area; and you can learn more about him at the Minerva Historical Society. The Schroon-North Hudson Historical Society and Newcomb Historical Museum also offer exhibits on the area’s rich history.

 
With four towns within its span, the Adirondack Hub also offers plenty of unique shopping, dining and lodging options to round out a trip to the region, including eateries of every variety, breweries, boutiques and antiques, and more. There’s truly something for everyone in this area of the Adirondacks!
 
 
PHOTO CREDITS
man by lake photo credit adirondack hub
paddleboarding photo credit adirondack hub
natural stone bridge and caves photo credit natural stone bridge and caves
Trail photo credit Adirondack Interpretive Center
Great camp santanoni photo credit great camp santanoni

 
posted at: 2023-06-11 21:59:00, last updated: 2023-08-07 22:03:22

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