Adirondack Lakes Region

Franklin County is located in the northern Adirondack Region, sharing a border with two Canadian Provinces - Quebec and a section of Ontario via the St. Lawrence River. The Adirondack Lakes Region offers unparalleled paddling and boating opportunities on nearly 700 lakes, ponds and rivers. It is a haven for water sports enthusiasts, offering a plethora of Adirondack island camping sites.
Tour the Adirondack Lakes Region's endless waterways, discover scenic golf courses and arts traditions featuring inspiring events and cultural festivals.

Discover the Adirondack Lakes Region's charming communities, including Saranac Lake, which began as a cure center for tuberculosis patients, and is now one of the Adirondack Region's centers for arts and heritage attractions. Nearby Tupper Lake started out as a logging town, and now boasts The Wild Center - one of the Adirondacks' most celebrated museums dedicated to educating visitors about the environment.

The Adirondack Lakes Region boasts a staggering number of waterways and New York State's only designated canoe wilderness - the St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area. It is the perfect place for a summer paddling getaway. In fall, stunning foliage decorates the landscape, providing a colorful background for Adirondack hiking trips. Winter finds skiers on Nordic trails, as well as hitting the slopes at alpine ski areas such as Big Tupper and Titus Mountain. 

Prime Adirondack Paddling & Outdoor Activities

Not only is the Adirondack Lakes Region a boater's paradise, it offers a wonderful array of outdoor activities. Championship golf can be found on Adirondack golf courses throughout the region. PGA America Secretary Derek Sprague calls the Malone Golf Club home - and for good reason. Two scenic courses in Malone, NY offer 36 challenging holes, and the club was recently awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest as well as the magazine's "Good Service" seal for both the East and West courses.

In addition to the Malone Golf Club, the region is home to three popular golf courses, including the Saranac Inn Golf Club - which was also recognized by Golf Digest as one of four U.S. courses 100 years or older to receive 4.5 stars. With a par 72 and 6,557 yards - the Saranac Inn offers well manicured greens and lush fairways.

Saranac Lake offers guided horseback riding at two ranches. Enjoy horseback riding expeditions along woodland trails and through flowering meadows year-round and receive riding tips from ranch hands.

Mountain biking trails can be found in designated areas throughout the Adirondack Lakes Region. Find marked beginner, intermediate and advanced trails that wind through glens and travel along mountain paths, each offering a beautiful landscape to explore and challenges to tackle. 

The Adirondack Lakes Region offers 240 fishable bodies of water - from rivers and brooks to streams and lakes. Fly fish or cast a line and reel in fresh water fish species including salmon, bass, walleye, panfish and splake. 

Historic Firetowers & Hiking Trails

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail runs right through Franklin County, before continuing on into Vermont, Maine and Canada. For 740 miles, the canoe trail traverses 22 rivers and streams, 56 lakes and ponds and 62 portages total - making the NFCT one of the most challenging trips any paddler can undertake in the northeastern United States. Saranac Lake offers a great stopping point along the journey - providing lodging, camping and dining options for paddlers.

The Adirondack Lakes Region is home to some of the finest summit views found in the Adirondack Mountains, and several Franklin County peaks boast historic firetowers. From the Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) at Paul Smiths' miles of marked nature trails offering ample bird watching and wildlife viewing opportunities, to remote peaks such as St. Regis Mountain - there are plenty of trails to explore.

Enjoy the Great Adirondack Birding Celebration, held annually at the VIC, a two day event that highlights the region's incredible birding populations. Guided nature treks, lectures and special keynote speakers make this a top bird watching event in the Adirondacks.

A popular day trip is a hike up Ampersand Mountain. Hikers are rewarded with stunning views at the top, and can trek an additional .75 miles into nearby Middle Saranac Lake Beach to cool down. Both trailheads are located off of Route 3 and offer scenic vistas from two distinct vantage points. 

Tupper Lake offers an old-fashioned Adirondack destination - perfect for camping and enjoying a multitude of outdoor activities. In summer, paddle quiet lakes, celebrate during community events and go hiking. 

A Mecca for Adirondack Arts & Culture

The Adirondack Lakes Region boasts a multi-cultural background and is the home of the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation. The Akwesasne Museum offers artifacts and history exhibits, and the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino offers gaming year-round.

Saranac Lake is one of the Adirondack Lakes Region's oldest and most distinguished towns. Ranked as one of America's "Best Small Towns," this All-America City is also the sister city to Entrains-Sur-Nohain in France and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts in Quebec. First established as a logging town, Saranac Lake began to grow after Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau established the first tuberculosis cure cottage. One of Saranac Lake's most cherished traditions, the annual winter carnival, owes its genesis to tuberculosis patients who "took the cure" in the Adirondacks. Their renewed passion for life transcended the cold winters - and the carnival was born as a way to celebrate restored health. 

Contemporary artists have thrived in the Adirondack Lakes Region and gallery openings, local artist exhibits and live performances are common year-round. From BluSeed Studios eclectic events to third Thursday ArtWalks - discover the Adirondacks' arts heritage. 

Over the years, the Saranac Lake area has been the temporary home of famed authors Robert Louis Stevenson and Mark Twain, composer Bela Bartok and U.S. President Calvin Coolidge. During the summer of 1926, White Pine Camp, an Adirondack Great Camp that is still open as a resort on Osgood Pond, served as Coolidge's retreat from Washington D.C. 

The Adirondack Lakes community of Malone is located just minutes from the Canadian border - offering shopping, dining and seasonal attractions such as the Almanzo Wilder Homestead. 

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