Adirondack Arts & Culture Itinerary

Travel by car or canoe along the Central Adirondack Trail, touring historic sites, celebrated museums and Adirondack Great Camps.

Central Adirondack Trail

Designated New York State Scenic Byway

A designated New York State Scenic Byway, The Central Adirondack Trail can be traveled by car and canoe. This byway runs through the heart of the Adirondacks following historic waterways, and passing a myriad of lakes. The unparalleled landscape, waters, hiking opportunities, culture and communities are sure to please those looking for a true Adirondack experience.

  • Counties: Hamilton, Warren (Thendara, Old Forge, Raquette Lake, Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, North River, North Creek, Lake George, Glens Falls)
  • New York State Routes 28, 9
  • Learn Adirondack history at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, local arts and culture at the Goodsell Museum, the Arts Center and the Artworks Co-operative in Old Forge, the Black Bear Trading Post in Inlet, and marvel at the Hyde Collection Art Museum and the Lapham Gallery at LARAC in Glens Falls.
  • Explore the wilderness by train on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in Thendara, climb Bald Mountain and view the Adirondacks from the summit fire tower, discover Adirondack great camp living at Camp Sagamore in Raquette Lake, going mining for garnet in North Creek, and bike the first Wilderness Heritage Corridor in Johnsburg.
  • Harvest and savor tastes of the Adirondacks for brunch, lunch, or dinner while you take a scenic cruise aboard the W. W. Durant with the Raquette Lake Navigation Co., located in Raquette Lake.


  • The Woods Inn and Seventh Lake House
  • Marty's Chili Nights
  • Marsha's Family Restaurant
  • Grist Mill on The Schroon

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Suggested Itinerary:

Day one: After the scenic train ride, spend some time in Old Forge, and be sure to visit the Old Forge Hardware store... an historic, block-long building filled with everything Adirondack.

Day two: Get up early for a full day at Camp Sagamore, and a cruise on the W.W. Durant in Raquette Lake, or explore the Adirondack Museum, even a hike up famous Blue Mountain, in Blue Mountain Lake, for a spectacular view of the Adirondack Mountains.

Day three: Head over to North Creek and Gore Mountain for a gondola ride or garnet mine tour, and finish the day in Glens Falls with a local brew at Cooper's Cave Ale Company and Davidson Bros. Restaurant and Brewery.

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