The Adirondack Trail skirts wilderness and wild forests, mountain ponds, and beautiful lakes as it climbs through the magnificent beauty of the Adirondack Mountains. The 188-mile trail runs from Fonda, just below the southern border of the Adirondack Park, to Malone, a few miles south of Canada.
Fonda to Indian Lake
Begin the tour on Route 30a in Fonda, where you can jump on a barge for a ride on the Erie Canal. While traveling the south end of the Adirondack Trail, you will pass through a region pivotal in our nation's fight for independence. In Johnstown, you can view the site of the last battle of the Revolutionary War: the Johnstown Battlefield. Colonial history can also be experienced at Johnson Hall, Burke's Tavern, and the Historic Quadrangle.
Continuing north on 30a, you will soon arrive in Gloversville, originally known as "Stump City," due to thousands of hemlock trees felled to supply the many tanneries more than 200 years ago. In the 1760s, a colony of Scottish tanners came to the area for its abundant supply of furs, softwater, and hemlock bark. Between 1850 and 1890 this region was known as the leather capital of the world. For more about area history, stop into the Fulton County Museum, which features a great glove making exhibit. Bargain hunters will enjoy a fine selection of leather goods and knitwear at the area's many factory outlets.
Continue north to Mayfield on Route 30, and when you arrive at the expansive view of Great Sacandaga Lake, you will know you have entered the Adirondack Park. At 29 miles-long, the Great Sacandaga Lake is the largest body of water in the Park. Offering dozens of miles of shoreline, the lake provides endless opportunities for recreation. The Mountain Breeze Tour Boat leaves daily from a marina in Broadalbin, a short drive east from the Adirondack Trail.
In Mayfield, catch a glimpse of the area's animal community at the Tamarack Bird and Wildlife Museum. In Northville, you will find a state boat launch, a nine-hole golf course, public campsites, and the southern end of the 130-mile Northville-Placid hiking trail. Stop off for a picnic at the Sacandaga Park.
The Adirondack Trail continues to wind its way along Route 30 to Wells and on to Speculator. Winter sports enthusiasts will find miles of groomed snowmobile and cross country trails and downhill skiing at the Oak Mountain Ski Center. The warmer months offer hiking bicycling, and boating. Continue north and you will have entered the heart of the Adirondack Park. Breathtaking scenery abounds as the trail weaves its way through the Blue Ridge Mountain Wilderness and the Siamese Pond Wilderness, then along the western shore of Indian Lake.
Blue Mountain Lake to Malone
Stay on Route 30 and you will soon arrive in Blue Mountain Lake, home of various artisan gift stores and the nationally acclaimed Adirondack Museum. The museum features exhibits, demonstration, and lectures. Plan to spend a full day at the museum to learn about the heritage of the Adirondacks and its people. The Adirondacks Lakes Center for the arts offers a colorful array of concerts, theatre productions, films, gallery exhibits, and workshops.
In Blue Mountain Lake, you can pick up the Central Adirondack Trail by heading east or west on Route 28. Staying on the Adirondack Trail will take you northward to Long Lake. You will know you are there when you see the welcome signs. Enjoy a intimate dinner at a cozy inn or take a seaplane ride into the wilderness.
At the intersection of Routes 30 and 28N, you can access the Roosevelt-Marcy Trail. After a jaunt through some dense wilderness, you will arrive in the Village of Tupper Lake, once a center of lumbering in the Adirondacks. Every summer, its glorious past is celebrated in the Woodsmen's Field Days - lumbering competitions featuring chopping, sawing, carving, and hauling.