Follow the Trails Explored Throughout History
Designated New York State Scenic Byway
The Adirondack Trail presents the real Adirondack adventure. Follow these historic trails across frontiers explored by settlers, soldiers, and early guides. The wilderness landscape is filled with wildlife as you drive or bike up to trailheads leading to some of the best mountain peaks and canoe routes in the region.
- Counties: Hamilton, Franklin ( Wells, Speculator, Indian Lake, Long Lake, Tupper Lake, Paul Smiths, Malone)
- New York State Route: 30
- Learn about the history of logging and area geography while strolling the Sacandaga Pathway, a wetland walkway and boardwalk, accessible to all, in Speculator. Be sure to stop at the Wild Center, a natural history museum of the Adirondacks in Tupper Lake, and visit the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths.
- Explore the Speculator Mountain Bike Path loops departing from the town municipal park, or put your canoe in at the Cedar River Flow Access in Indian Lake for a scenic, wilderness adventure. For a great family hike, about 5 miles west of Tupper Lake is the trailhead to Mt. Arab, complete with a fire observation tower and ranger's cabin.
- Harvest the goodness of the Adirondacks at farmer's markets in Paul Smiths on the college campus and in Malone at the airport, and have some unique fun at the Tucker's Farm Corn Maze, just slightly off the Byway on Route 86 in Gabriels.
- The Inn at Speculator and Melody Lodge
- Adirondack Hotel and The Long View
- The Wild Center
- Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge
- St. Lucia's Café and Sansones
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Day one: Spend time hiking, biking and relaxing in the Speculator area, and take some beautiful side trips to Lake Pleasant and Piseco.
Day two: Get an early start and spend half the day at the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, the second half at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake, or take a scenic water plane ride in Long Lake. Overnight in Tupper Lake.
Day three: Visit the NYSDEC Fish Hatchery in Lake Clear, tour the grounds of White Pine Camp, the Adirondack Great Camp 1926 summer Whitehouse for President Calvin Coolidge, off Route 86 near Paul Smiths, enjoy a canoe outing on Osgood and Jones Pond, and stroll along the interpretive nature trails at the Visitor Interpretive Center. Overnight in Malone.
Day four: Shop at The Market Place, a multi-vendor antique venue for pumpkins, squash, apples, mums and other farm stand items, them visit the Wilder Farmstead, boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder, of Little House on the Prairie fame, east of Malone on Route 11.