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Ticonderoga Area
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Ticonderoga, NY 12883

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Recreation
BICYCLING - HIKING - LAKES & PONDS SNOWMOBILING - SKIING - HISTORIC SITES
 

The Ticonderoga region draws thousands of people during the spring, summer, and fall months who come to enjoy the lakes and mountains and participate in the unique Fourth of July celebration, arts and crafts shows, carnivals, Americade Motorcycle Rally, fishing tournaments, etc. Bicentennial Park offers picnic areas, riverfront trails, ball fields, lighted walking paths, tennis courts and a small boat launch. Scenic boat cruises, seasonal accommodations, campsites, numerous beaches and picnic areas abound.     

In winter the park is a favorite place for lighted cross country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and tobogganing. Ice fishing and ice boating are popular on Lake George and Lake Champlain and the Hague Winter Carnival is an annual treat for tourist and native alike.

Below are just some of the possibilities for enjoying the life and activities of the Ticonderoga community.

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BICYCLING

Bicycling Cyclists who ride in the Champlain Valley know it has all the right ingredients for a premier bicycle touring destination: peaceful country roads, picturesque villages, breathtaking scenery, charming B&B's and inns, country stores and farm stands, bicycle tour outfitters, impressive historic sites and museums, lovely shoreline parks and campgrounds, convenient connections to passenger rail lines and ferry crossings, and access to numerous lakes and rivers.

 

Bicyclists are quickly discovering some of the finest cycling in North America along a 1,300+ mile network of bicycle routes, known as Lake Champlain Bikeways, in the Lake Champlain Valley of Vermont, New York, and Quebec. The network includes a total of 35 loops and tours ranging from 10 to 60 miles in length, in addition to the Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile principal route around the entire Lake and along the Richelieu River to Chambly, Québec. Based on a rich array of natural, cultural, and historic themes, these loops meander along quiet back roads through extraordinary mountain and countryside scenery.

With growing national interest in bicycle tourism, Lake Champlain Bikeways, a public/private partnership, is quickly expanding its bicycle route network while serving as the information clearinghouse on bicycling opportunities in the Champlain Valley.

 

SAFE AND ENJOYABLE BICYCLING

It is important to be prepared for the unexpected, whether road bicycling or mountain biking.

In New York, the same laws that apply to a driver of a vehicle apply to bicyclists using the roadways. Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings, and must signal for turns. Bicyclists gain the respect of motorists by obeying traffic laws.

For more Bicycle Safety information, contact the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, 518-474-5111, www.nysgtsc.state.ny.us

http://wnyliving.net/outdoors/biking_safety.htm

http://bikeadk.adirondackcraft.com/before_you_ride.html

RECOMMENDED GUIDE BOOKS AND MAPS

Biking Information for the Adirondack Region of Upstate New York

http://bikeadirondacks.org/

For more information, visit the Lake Champlain Bikeways web site at www.champlainbikeways.org

Mountain Bike New York State.  Try the remote Southern Adirondack Mountains for your next biking excursion.

 

Stony Lonesome - 16.5 miles - Ironville
This spectacular loop is on mostly remote, unpaved, gently-rolling roads. It's recommended for cyclists in good physical shape with a cross/mountain bike. Traffic is generally minimal. A good start/end point is at the Penfield Museum in Ironville. You can also connect from Ticonderoga via Routes 74 and 2 or off Interstate 87, via Route 2 near North Hudson.

Fort to Fort - 17 miles - Ticonderoga & Crown Point
This flat, all-paved tour follows the Champlain Bikeway between Crown Point State Historic Site at the bridge to Vermont and Fort Ticonderoga in Ticonderoga. Traffic is generally minimal. A recommended start/end point is at the Lake Champlain Visitors Center at the bridge. At either end, plan on touring these world renowned Revolutionary War historic sites. Food, lodging, and parking are available in both Ticonderoga and Crown Point.

Iron to Iron - 26.1 miles - Port Henry & Ironville
This hilly ride is for advanced riders looking for a good work-out. Be prepared for some occasional stretches of unpaved road surfaces; a cross-bike is recommended. Traffic is generally minimal. A recommended start/end point is at the Iron Center, near the Amtrak Station in Port Henry or at the Penfield Museum in Ironville. Food and lodging are available in the Port Henry/Moriah area.

Wet & Wild - 36.3 miles - Port Henry & Moriah
This day-long ride takes in two of the most remote paved roads in the Adirondacks. Grades become gentle after a hilly climb out of Moriah Corners and the route winds through woodland and open marshlands. Traffic is generally minimal. A recommended start/end point is at the Iron Center, near the Amtrak Station in Port Henry. Food and lodging are available in the Port Henry/Moriah area.

Adirondack Marathon Trail - 26.2 miles - Schroon Lake
As the name implies, the loop follows the Adirondack Marathon course established in 1997. It's all-paved and generally flat-to-gently rolling. You will, however encounter a hilly section between mile four (4) and mile twelve (12). Traffic is generally minimal. When you arrive in the hamlet of Adirondack, don't forget to stop at the General Store for refreshments. A good start/end point is in downtown Schroon Lake, where food, parking, and visitor information is available.

 

 

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HIKING

HikingThe Adirondack Park is a patchwork of private and public lands, unlike any other park in the US. So while the back country is immense-the nation's largest trail system with more than 2,000 miles-so too are the nearby comforts. The day hikes offer diverse experiences and are rated for various levels of ability. There are short and/or easy hikes to ponds and views suitable for families with children, long circuits, steeper hikes to mountain summits and destination walks to waterfalls.

From the High Peaks of the Adirondacks to the shores of Lake Champlain, The Department of Environmental Conservation own and maintains 2,000 miles of hiking trails throughout the Adirondack Park.

Although most state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are encouraged to consult topographical maps or other guides when planning to venture into the back country.

For more information, visit the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council web site at

 

Hiking Safely

Safety is important whether you are day hiking or winter backpacking. Proper planning, preparation, proper clothing and taking appropriate gear are essential to safe and enjoyable excursion.

Emergency Contacts

To report injuries, accidents or lost hikers in Region5 (Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties), dial 911 for emergency assistance or phone (518)897-1300 or (518)891-0235.

Hiking safety information  

http://lakeplacidmedia.com/uploads/PDF/HikingSafety.pdf

 

Access For People With Disabilities

Access for people with disabilities

New York's campgrounds, educational centers and other facilities offer many recreational opportunities including camping, picnicking, fishing and nature viewing for people with disabilities. In addition, people with disabilities can obtain special hunting licenses and permits for access to the Forest Preserve. Contact DEC regional office 5 at (518)897-1300 or (518)891-0235 for more information.

Useful Web sites:

The Adirondack Park

www.adk.com

Hiking in New York State - DEC

www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dlf/publands/hike.html

www.visitadirondacks.com

                                                          

PUTNAM POND CAMPGROUND
is a state campsite that is the trailhead for a number of hiking trails, such as Bear Pond Loop, which passes a series of wilderness ponds. Treadway Mountain is a rewarding hike with outstanding views, and Rock Pond Mine features the remains of an old graphite mine. Grizzle Ocean is another picturesque pond with a lean-to and a trail that circles the pond.

Bear Pond and Grizzle Ocean are both an easy 5 mile loop, Treadway Mountain is 7.8 miles RT, moderate, and Rock Pond Mine Trail is 5.4 miles RT, moderate. Trailhead is at the state campground at 763 Putts Pond Road. Take Route 74 West from Ticonderoga and go 4.3 miles. Turn Left on Putts Pond Road, and go 0.7 miles.

BEAR POND TRAIL
This blue marked trail makes a loop with the Rock Pond - Clear Pond Trail from Heart Pond to Bear Pond and back to Rock Pond. It is 1.0 miles from Heart Pond to Be ar Pond and 1.5 miles from Rock Pond to Bear Pond.                                                    [ Return to Top ]

ROCK POND - CLEAR POND TRAIL
This trail is a yellow marked trail 3.25 miles long traveling past Heart, North, Rock, Little Rock and Clear Ponds. There are Adirondack lean-tos at Rock, Little Rock and Clear Ponds and each offers fine trout fishing. The trail leaves Putnam Pond at the public campground and returns to the pond at the opposite shore near the channel to North Pond. The hiker may complete a circuit of Putnam Pond by taking the blue trail south from Clear Pond, passing Mud Pond, crossing the Treadway Mountain Trail and then reaching the yellow trail from Grizzle Ocean to Putnam Pond Public Campground. There is a red trail from around Rock Pond, east 1.7 miles to Lilypad Pond. One lean-to is located at this pond.

ROCK POND MINE

(5.4 miles RT, easy, entrance fee to state campground) The remains of the mine site include a huge metal steam boiler, a drainage tunnel, tailings, an open pit mine and stone foundations. If you choose to walk around Rock Pond, use caution on the section of trail along the north shore which is narrow, rocky and difficult to negotiate.                              [ Return to Top ] 

 

TREADWAY MOUNTAIN (7.8 miles RI, moderate, entrance fee to state campground)
This is a rewarding hike with outstanding views along the way and trees the three knobs that form the open rocky summit. Options for either a longer or shorter hike include: A return via Clear, Rock, North and Heart ponds which adds only 1.5 miles to the RI distance; or shorten your hike to 5 miles RT by paddling across Putnam Pond to a trailhead on the opposite shore. The canoe option makes for an interesting trip and requires less effort and time - this is perhaps the best choice for young hikers.

Trailhead: starts at a trailhead parking lot in the Putnam Pond State Campground (entrance fee). Take route 74 west from Ticonderoga and go 4.3 miles. Turn left on to Putts Pond Road and go 0.7 miles. The first part of the trail round the southwest end of Putnam Pond leads over rolling terrain 1.8 miles to the turn-off for Treadway. In the summer if you have a small boat, you can paddle across Putnam Pond to a short spur trail which leads up to the trail junction. In the winter, if the ice is thick enough, you can hike across the lake on snowshoes to the same spur trial. This will take about 1.2 miles off of the 7.8 mile round trip as well as same some additional up and down.                                          [ Return to Top ]

GRIZZLE OCEAN
You must pay an entrance fee to the campground, but it is well worth, when you take this easy walk around the shore of this very pretty lake.
            

 

COOK MOUNTAIN (2.6 miles RI, moderate, Lake George Basin Land Conservancy)
There is just one short steep ascent to reach this incredible view of the Champlain Valley, northern Lake George and the Adirondacks. 

Trailhead: Approximately 1.0 mi. south of the monument and traffic circle in Ticonderoga on Rte. 9N, turn E onto Essex Co. Rte. 5. The Ticonderoga Elementary and Middle School is soon passed on the right, and a pair of intersections is reached in about 1.2 miles. Lord Howe Road is on the Left and Baldwin Road on the Right. The trailhead is exactly 1.5 miles South on Baldwin Road on the right at a gate on an old logging road with Lake George Basin Land Conservancy signs. Just beyond on the left is a state historical marker referring to this area as "Abercrombie's Landing," where 15,000 men landed to attack Ticonderoga which was successfully defended by Montcalm in July 1758

 

Trail in Winter: With adequate snow cover, this is a great snowshoe, though rather steep in a few spots. Snowshoe crampons are recommended. Views are great without leaves on the

trees.

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DEER LEAP (1.6 miles minimal elevation change.) Great for snow-shoeing and picnicking.

The trail follows an old horse trail, well built up with sizable stones by the Civilian Conservation Corps. You will reach the height- of -land for this trek at about 1.0 mile after climbing 300 feet. The height- of- land defines the transition from the tall hardwood forests of the western slopes scrubbier oaks and pines of the eastern slopes. Beyond a intersection you cross the brow of a small ridge, quickly beginning to descend 0.16 mile into a valley and wind across it and up to a ridge at 1.1 miles. Continue across the ridge line for 0.2 miles, passing a faint path right to a small overlook. For 0.2 mile you descend again, with good views north to the east west facing fault scrap of Bloomer's cliffs and reach the partially wooded overlook at 1.6 miles.

Trailhead: Take NY9N south through Silver Bay to the top of Tongue Mountain where you will find parking on the right and a few spaces shortly in the woods to the left.

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FIVE MILE MOUNTAIN(3.6 miles, 1190 foot elevation change) Great for snowshoeing and camping.

Walk the first 1.0 mile as for the trail to Deer Leap and at the intersection turn sharply right, heading south, and continue on the blue trail. You reach a small overlook summit of Brown Mountain at the 1.45 mile, a climb from Brown's summit, you continue walking along the ridge which is mostly level, pleasant and open, with blueberries, some big red pine, trailing arbutus, and twisted stalk. At 1.75 miles you cross a three log bridge to a ledge with a lookout toward Northwest Bay. You climb again to 2.05 miles than an open patch that leads at 2.45 miles to a lean-to where you can see the range of hills across Northwest Bay. The views both up and down the lake are lovely, but from here intervening hills in the range make it impossible to see the Point of Tongue.

Trailhead: Take NY9N south through Silver Bay to the top of Tongue Mountain where you will find parking on the right and a few spaces in the woods to the left.

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BLACK MOUNTAIN , at 2646 feet, is the highest peak in the two ranges of mountains that shelter Lake George. It lies about halfway along the Lake's eastern shore, and views form summit are more than proportional to its height. One of the trails to its summit rises steeply from the shore of Lake George, but it is accessible only by water. Your route on Black Mountain is a loop that requires a bit less climbing, but still traverses part of the reputedly more handsome trail from the lake. This loop also allows you to visit a series of charming ponds that lie south and east of the summit. There is a fire tower on Black Mountain, and although you might appreciate climbing it to identify distant mountains, Black's summit is mostly o0en rock, so overlooks in every direction can be found at ground level.

Trailhead: At Clemons, drive 2.6 miles west toward Huletts Landing on County Road 6, and then bear south(left) on Pike Brook Road for 0.8 mile to the trailhead. You will have views of Black Mountain as well as Knob Hill and Sugarloaf, two unusual small mountain whose distinctive shapes you will be able to identify again clearly from Black's summit. Signs at the trailhead indicate that the Black Mountain Fire Tower is 2.8 miles away, and that the Lapland Pond Lean-to, which you pass on your return leg is 2.5 miles distant.

 

PHARAOH MOUNTAIN TRAIL
This trail (marked with red trail markers) is approximately 4.7 miles long with an ascent of 1,550 feet. The summit of the mountain is 2,557 feet above sea level.

Trailhead: Access is gained by turning east from Route 9 onto Alder Meadow Road, about 1.5 miles north of Schroon Lake Village. Proceed eastward for a little more than 2 miles, where Crane Pond Road continues eastward from the intersection of the East Shore Road. The new trailhead and parking area is located at the end of Crane Pond Road, just within the wilderness boundary. Crane Pond is 1.9 miles from the new trailhead.

At 0.8 miles, the trail to Goose Pond departs southward. Continuing beyond this intersection, the trail forks at 2.6 miles, with the blue trail leading to Glidden Marsh, Oxshoe Pond and a lean-to; continue on the red trail for Pharaoh Mountain. The hiker using this trail is rewarded with an extensive panorama of the lake-dotted countryside surrounding Pharaoh and the high peak country to the north. From the summit, the red trail continues south and east approximately 1.5 miles to Pharaoh Lake.                                                   [ Return to Top ]

                    

GOOSE POND TRAIL
This trail departs from the trail to Crane Pond at a point 0.8 miles from Crane Pond Road trailhead. The yellow marked trail leads 0.6 miles to the pond.

BERRYMILL POND TRAIL
This trail is 4.9 miles long and is marked with blue markers.

Trailhead:It starts at Putnam Pond Public Campground and terminates at New Hague, approximately 7 miles northwest of Hague. The trail passes Berrymill Pond which is reported to be very good northern pike fishing. There is one lean-to at Berrymill Pond.

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LOST POND TRAIL
The Lost Pond Trail is 4.9 miles long and is marked with blue markers.

Trailhead:The trail starts just east of the Putnam Pond Public Campground at the western edge of an old clearing. The pond is stocked with trout by the department.

OTTER POND TRAIL
This trail is a blue marked trail slightly more than 0.5 miles long which starts in the small bay on the east shore of Eagle Lake. Otter Pond is reported to have excellent trout fishing.

                                                                                                                       

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ARNOLD POND TRAIL
This trail is a short blue trail just a little more than 0.25 miles long. The climb is steep, but hardly noticeable over such a short distance.

Trailhead:   The trail leaves NY Route 74 at a point 1.5 miles west of the Eagle Lake Causeway. The pond is stocked with trout.                                            [ Return to Top ]     

THE LONG SWING TRAIL
This trail is 12 miles long and passes by Alder Pond, Crane Pond, Glidden Marsh, Pharaoh Lake and Grizzle Ocean and on to Putnam Pond.

Trailhead: It leaves New York Route 74 at a point 0.2 miles west of the Paradox Lake Public Campground entrance and terminates at Putnam Pond Public Campground, 3 miles south of Route 74 and Chilson. The first 3 miles are marked with blue markers, red markers lead 1 mile south from Crane Pond and for the last 8 miles the trails follow yellow markers. There are four open camps or lean-tos on or near this trail-one on the south shore of Oxshoe Pond, two on Pharaoh Lake and one on the north shore of Grizzle Ocean. The lakes and ponds are reported to have the following species of fish:

Crane Pond -Kokanee salmon, lake trout, smallmouth bass, northern pike.

Glidden Marsh -brook trout.

Pharaoh Lake -brook trout, lake trout.

Grizzle Ocean -brook trout.

Putnam Pond -smallmouth and largemouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike.

TONGUE MOUNTAIN RANGE TRAIL
This trail system contains over 18 miles of foot trails located for the most part on the high ridges and affording many fine views of the surrounding territory. The most popular section of the system follows the ridge of Tongue Mountain 10 miles from it's point on the lake to Rt. 9N, north of Bolton Landing. The top of Tongue Mountain is dry, and hikers are advised to bring canteens. A word of caution is due regarding rattlesnakes. The situation is not dangerous, if normal precautions are observed. Located 12 miles north of Bolton Landing, NY

 

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LAKES AND PONDS

JABE POND (2 miles RT easy)
The road into Jabe Pond is no longer open to motor vehicles. Explore along the shore or by canoe for the best views of the lake.  The shortest and best route is Follow Route 9N South past the Town of Hague, turn left onto Split Rock Road, the fork to Jabe Pond is 1.8 miles up Split Rock Road.  There is a parking area at the intersection.  Jabe Pond Trail heads briefly downhill, than up a scrub forest where the road is lined with pad leaf orchids in the summer and a good variety of wildflowers in the spring.  Halfway through the walk the grade gets steep and than levels out in a beautiful hemlock forest that takes you all the way to the pond.

The following ponds are accessed by trailheads that start at Putnam Pond Campsite

PUTNAM POND State Public Campground the 172-acre Putnam Pond averages 10.5 feet deep and has a maximum depth of 34 feet

Directions: From I-87, take Exit 28, then east on Rte. 74 approximately 9 miles.

From Ticonderoga, go west on Rte. 74 approximately 6 miles. Follow signs on roadside of Rte. 74 that will direct you to the campground.

Boating: Putnam Pond is a very scenic and beautiful pond for boating. A launch is located on the pond for easy access for all boats. This launch is very important as it provides the only point of public access to the pond. Rental of rowboats and canoes are available right at the launch area. Canoes are allowed on the ponds in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area (you must carry your boat at least 1/2 mile to access any of the ponds). Motor boats are allowed.

Fishing: Fish in area include: smallmouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike. The pond is also annually stocked with Tiger Muskellunge by the Bureau of Fisheries.

Historic Interest: Locally known as "Putts Pond", this campground was named after the famous General Putnam. The original construction of this campground started in 1959-61. In 1990, 9 interior sites were added to the inventory.

BEAR POND LOOP (5 miles, easy, entrance fee to state campground)
This interesting loop passes a series of wilderness ponds and the remains of a graphite mine operation.

GRIZZLE OCEAN (5 miles RT, easy, entrance fee to state campground)
Walk to the lean-to on this picturesque pond and explore its shores on the trail that circles the pond.

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BERRYMILL POND                                                                                                                  

The trail passes Berrymill Pond which is reported to be very good northern pike fishing. There is one lean-to at Berrymill Pond.

ROCK POND

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ROCK POND - CLEAR POND TRAIL
This trail is a yellow marked trail 3.25 miles long traveling past Heart, North, Rock, Little Rock and Clear Ponds. There are Adirondack lean-tos at Rock, Little Rock and Clear Ponds and each offers fine trout fishing. The trail leaves Putnam Pond at the public campground and returns to the pond at the opposite shore near the channel to North Pond. The hiker may complete a circuit of Putnam Pond by taking the blue trail south from Clear Pond, passing Mud Pond, crossing the Treadway Mountain Trail and then reaching the yellow trail from Grizzle Ocean to Putnam Pond Public Campground. There is a red trail from around Rock Pond, east 1.7 miles to Lilypad Pond. One lean-to is located at this pond.

LOST POND
The pond is stocked with trout by the department.       

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PHARAOH LAKE (7.2 miles RT to outlet, moderate)
This information is for hiking, snowshoe and cross country skiing into the lake

The approach is from NY Route 8 between the hamlets of Brant Lake and Hague. Turn onto Palisades Road approximately 6 mi northeast of the hamlet of Brant Lake. At 1.5 mi turn right on Beaver Pond Road which is the third right off Palisades Road. Go another 1.0 mi on Beaver Pond Road to Pharaoh Lake Road, which is now marked with a sign that simply says "Trail." Pharaoh Lake Road is plowed for 0.1 mi past some private camps with a small parking area at the end. (This parking area is really just where the plow turns around, so if it is snowing or it appears the plow has yet to come to plow a recent storm you should consider parking on Beaver Pond Road.) From the end of the plowed road it is easy skiing to the summer parking area at 1.5 mi. Beyond the bridge over Mill Creek it is designated wilderness, but there has unfortunately been some snowmobile trespass in recent years - potentially making the gentle to moderate 0.5 mi hill beyond Mill Creek more treacherous on the descent. At 2.0 mi the grade eases and you reach a bridge across Pharaoh Lake Brook at 2.7 mi. Beyond is an extensive open marsh on the left of the trail practically all the way to the outlet of Pharaoh Lake at 4.0 mi. You can either ski up the lake or along the trail on either shore to reach one of the six lean-tos clustered around the south end of the lake. With good surface conditions, it is easy to ski the 2.2 mi to the lean-to at the north end of the lake.

LAKE GEORGE "...without comparison, the most beautiful water I ever saw..."
Thomas Jefferson on Lake George, May 1791*

New York State's beautiful, spring-fed glacial lake is sometimes referred to as the Queen of American Lakes . Lake George is renowned for its natural beauty and the important role it played in early American history.

Lake George owes its beauty to the surrounding mountains whose ancient crystalline rocks, carved by glacial ice, thrust straight up from the water's edge.

The lake stretches north/south approximately 32 miles in length. Its crystal clear waters, bordered by steep mountainsides, vary in width from 1-3 miles in width. The lake is considered part of the Lake Champlain Basin because it drains into Lake Champlain down a umber of waterfalls through a short and narrow stream known as La Chute at Ticonderoga , New York.

The lake, which is fed by mammoth underground springs, includes 109 miles of shoreline, about 300 islands, and covers an approximate area of 44 square miles. The lake, 320 feet above sea level, varies in depth from 1 foot to 195 feet. People are amazed to learn that the mouth of the lake is located at Lake George Village and that the outlet is to the north at Ticonderoga. Lake George is in fact, 210 feet higher by sea level than Lake Champlain located farther north in the Adirondacks. This is a natural wonder, since the water from Lake George empties through Ticonderoga's La Chute River into Lake Champlain at a total fall which surpasses that of Niagara Falls.

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LAKE CHAMPLAIN

Beautiful Lake Champlain, stretching south from Quebec and dividing New York and Vermont, has justifiably been called the most historic body of water in North America. The lake was named for the French explorer Samual de Champlain, who encountered it in 1609.

Lake Champlain has long been part of an important waterway passage between the St. Lawrence and Hudson Rivers. When standing on either shore, Lake Champlain's size is somewhat deceptive. Lake Champlain spans approximately 12 miles at its widest.  It gains its size from its length. Flowing south to north, the lake stretches some 120 miles from its beginning at Whitehall, New York to the Richelieu River in Quebec. The maximum depth is approximately 400 feet.  It contains roughly 80 islands.  It is the sixth-largest natural, freshwater lake in the contiguous United States, situated in the Champlain Valley between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of New York

One of the more enduring myths surrounding Lake Champlain is that of Champ . Reminiscent of the Loch Ness monster, Champ is purportedly a giant aquatic animal that makes the lake its home. Sightings have been sporadic over time. Regardless, locals and tourists have developed something of a fondness for the creature and its legend.

http://www.lakestolocks.com/lake_champlain.asp

www.lakechamplainregion.com

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We try to provide our visitors with the most accurate information as possible.  For the most up-to-date information please visit:

www.dec.state.ny.us for state wide information  & www.visitadirondacks.comfor information on the Adirondacks.

We would greatly appreciate it, if should you find any discrepancies on trail information, please feel free to contact us.

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SNOWMOBILING

 

Welcome to winter! We are glad you can join in the snow season fun. Snowmobiling is an increasingly popular form of winter recreation, with over 172,000 snow machines now registered in New York State . You have

the opportunity to enjoy thousands of miles of snowmobile trails in numerous outstanding scenic areas of our state.

 

The Adirondacks have hundreds of miles of groomed and backcountry riding trails that will give you the thrill of a lifetime! With all the well-known Adirondack hospitality and some of the best trail systems in the east, you'll be guaranteed to meet plenty of other snowmobile lovers. So, come ride the deep snow through pristine backcountry areas, mountains, and towns and hamlets rich in history. Extensive grooming, sparkling snow and welcoming accommodations make the Adirondacks the east's number one destination for snowmobilers.

New York State has designated carefully surveyed trails within the State Forest Preserve and State Parks for snowmobile use. As sportsmen, it is important that snowmobilers recognize their responsibility for preserving the wildness and beauty of the land their vehicles enable them to enjoy.

Please refer to "Snowmobiling in New York State ", published by DEC, for specific laws and regulations governing the use of snowmobiles on state land.

                            

WWW.ADIRONDACKTRAILRIDERS.COM

                 ADIRONDACK TRAILRIDERS SNOWMOBILE CLUB

                                       TICONDEROGA, NY

 

Sanctioned Eastern Speed Association - www.easternspeedassociation.com

Go to the Adirondack Trail Riders Website for more information.

For a free snowmobile map visit: http://freesledmap.com

 

                                                   

 

NORTHERN WASHINGTON COUNTY TRAIL BLAZERS

WWW.NWCTRAILBLAZERS.COM

PUTNAM, NY

 

HAGUE SNO-GOERS

WWW.HAGUESNO-GOERS.COM

HAGUE, NY

 

 

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SKIING - DOWNHILL & CROSS COUNTRY

Winter in Ticonderoga Cross Country Skiing Downhill Skiing Snowshoeing Snowmobiling Ice Fishing Ice Skating

Take advantage of the many opportunities within a 70 mile radius.

The Adirondack Mountains offer a range of terrain for every snowshoer, downhill and cross country skier, from the first timer to the Olympian. The Adirondacks is the largest state park in the continental US with over 6 million acres and the highest peaks in the state.

 

Downhill Ski Areas                  Miles to Area      Lifts       Trails      Drop   

Gore Mountain

North Creek , NY

43 miles

11

87

3600

West Mountain

Glens Falls , NY

54 miles

5

21

1010

 

Middlebury Snow Bowl

Middlebury , VT

35 miles

3

17

1050

Mad River Glen,

Waitsfield , VT

56 miles

5

45

2037

Hickory

Warrensburg , NY

41 miles

 

12

1230

Whiteface

Wilmington , NY

54 miles

10

74

4864

 

Pico

Killington , VT

57 Miles

6

50

1967

Sugarbush

Warren , VT

61 miles

16

111

2600

Killington

Killington , VT

67

Miles

32

200

3050

 

Bolton Valley

Bolton , VT

69 miles

6

64

1704

Bear Creek

Plymouth , VT

69 miles

3

16

1300

Bromley Mountain

Peru , VT

72 miles

 

44

 

 

Cross Country Skiing is a great way for the entire family to enjoy the beautiful winter landscape throughout the Adirondack region. Basic skills can be learned quickly and most cross-country ski centers offer rentals and lessons. The Adirondacks offer many low fee or free cross-country trails. 

                                                    Miles to Area     km/Miles          Cost

Roger's Rock Campground

Hague , NY

7 miles

10 Km

Night skiing

Free

Friend's Lake Inn

Chestertown , NY

30 miles

32 KM

$10

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Chestertown , NY

30 miles

11km

Night skiing

Free

 

Cunningham's Ski Barn

North Creek , NY

43 miles

16 miles

$15

 

Rikert Touring Center

Middlebury , VT

35 miles

42 km

 

Ausable Chasm Ski Center

Ausable , NY

55 miles

16.2 miles

 

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HISTORIC SITES

La Chute Trail (.5 miles RT, easy)
The La Chute River which drops 230 feet as it flows from Lake George to Lake Champlain, has driven mills since 1755.  Here, lumber, iron, graphite and grain became the grist for American growth and expansion throughout the 19th century.   By 1900, pulp and paper production dominated the scene.   The former industrial land has been reclaimed as "Bicentennial Park".  An illustrated trail guide and map traces the natural and industrial history of this historic river. Trail guides may be obtained at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Museum, Black Watch Memorial Library.

518-585 6619.

Historic Ticonderoga
The walking tour of Ticonderoga features the architecture and history of 28 different buildings from the Queen Anne style to a Colonial Revival Style.

Call for a brochure, 518-585-6366 or 518-585-6619.

Fort Ticonderoga (admission fee)

Built by the French in1755, Fort Ticonderoga(Carillon) played a critical strategic role in both the Seven Years' War and the American War for Independence. 

18th Century comes to life.  Experience the sights and sounds.

The Fife and Drum Corp performs music and artillery demonstrations daily during July and August.

World-renowned collections of muskets, powder and artifacts are on display.  Living history demonstrations, interpreters in period clothing, and a military museum help tell the story or this National Historic Landmark. Trails wind through 600 acres of former battlefield.

518-585-2821

www.fort-ticonderoga.org                                                                                        [ Return to Top ]

King's Garden

The fertile plain below Fort Ticonderoga tells stories not of war and conquest, but of nature's bounty and beauty.

The King's Garden has recently been restored to its circa 1920's appearance.  Two other historic gardens have been recreated, the Garrison Garden and the Native American garden.

518-585-2821

Mount Defiance

On July 5, 1777, during the American Revolution, British troops under Gen John Burgoyne, placed two canons on top of Mount Defiance.  From Mount Defiance, the strategic importance of the Ticonderoga peninsula is evident.  The top of Mount Defiance shows a spectacular view of Lake Champlain and Fort Ticonderoga.

A picnic shelter at the top is available for your convenience.  The road to Mount Defiance may not be suitable for buses and RV's.  There is parking at the base if you wish to walk to the top.

Directions:  From Montcalm Street in Ticonderoga, turn onto Lake Champlain Avenue at traffic light, Bear left on The Portage, at 2nd left turn onto Defiance Street, turn right beyond Dead End sign and enter gate at base.

Crown Point State Historic Site

Join the countless visitors who have been exploring the ruins of Fort Frederic and His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point since the early 1800's.  Learn about the men who controlled the narrows at the head of Lake Champlain and the events that shaped this country during the colonial period.   In the visitor center, exhibits interpret the French, British and American chapters of Crown Point's history.  Walk among the ruins of two revolutionary war era forts and enjoy great views of Lake Champlain and mountains. The Visitor Center includes exhibits that interpret the French, British, and American chapters of Crown Point's history.

A century before the American Revolution, Crown Point was a vital and well-known area in the long struggle between France and Great Britain for the North American empire. Lake Champlain, a major highway for commerce and military supplies, was a target for control by both nations. 

A trail map and guide is available from the museum.

518-597-3666.

http://www.revolutionaryday.com/usroute7/crownpoint/default.htm              [ Return to Top ]

http://www.lakechamplainregion.com/cphistoricsite/index.htm

Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks

Silver Bay sits serenely upon the northern shores of beautiful Lake George and within the majestic mountains of the Adirondack Park . More than a century old, Silver Bay provides a unique rustic setting for conferences, family reunions, weddings, retreats, and vacations.

 

The Silver Bay campus occupies 700 acres of Adirondack paradise and is a Registered National Historic place with activities for everyone to enjoy. Whether you are relaxing in a rocking chair, hiking on our nature trails, kayaking, taking a trip on the Silver Spray, or simply observing the breath taking scenery, Silver Bay provides an inspirational environment for all.

518-543-8833.

www.silverbay.org

Penfield Homestead Museum
The village of Ironville is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the museum and learn how Penfield helped usher in the Electric Age. The walking tour includes ten numbered stops in the village and Old Iron Works

518 597- 3804.

Rock Pond Mine (5.4 miles RT, moderate, entrance fee to state campgrounds)
The remains or the nine site include a huge metal steam holler, a drainage tunnel, tailings, an open pit mine and stone foundations, If you choose tin walk around Rock Pond, use caution on the section or trail along the north shore which is narrow, rocky and difficult to negotiate.

Ticonderoga Heritage Museum

In 1984, PRIDE of Ticonderoga, Inc., began to preserve local historical resources pertaining to the development of Ticonderoga.  The museum is housed in the 1888 brick building built by the International Paper Company.  The museum presents Ticonderoga's industrial history.

located next to the Bicentennial Park.

518-585-2696                                                                                                                                                                                                                             [ Return to Top]

                 

Ticonderoga Historical Society

"Preserving the Past for the Future"

The Hancock House is the home of the Ticonderoga Historical Society.  The house was a gift to The New York Historical Association from native son and philanthropist Horace Moses.

The Ticonderoga Historical Society today manages this elegant Georgian mansion as a regional museum and reference library.  The library also has one of the largest collections of genealogical resource materials in the region.

Open year round

518-585-7868

 

Essex County Fish Hatchery

Located in Crown Point, NY, raises three species of trout - rainbow, brown, and brook.  In addition to our two-year olds, our facility also raises roughly 20,000 yearling brook trout annually.  Our hatchery is open to the public and over a dozen rearing ponds, full of trout, are situated on-site for your viewing pleasure.  Our well-manicured grounds offer a pleasant setting for a family outing or picnic, and educational routs for special school or community groups can be arranged .  Open year round.

518-597-3844

 

                                       

Crown Point Lighthouse

Located at a site steeped in rich history, the Crown Point Lighthouse today serves as a beacon and as a monument to the exploration and navigation of Lake Champlain.

Just south of the ruins of the mighty French and British fortresses at Crown Point sits one of the most unusual lighthouses of its kind in the world. Located on an outcropping just below the great bridge also named for the French explorer; the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse still keeps its silent vigil over the narrow passageway between New York and Vermont.

The lighthouse is easily accessible from the NY State Campground at Crown Point Historical Site. It is open to the public and a visit to the top is highly recommended.
http://www.historiclakes.org/crown_pt/champlainlight.htm

http://www.lighthousefriends.com

GOLFING

Five Nations Golf, LLC

   Five Nations Golf is a comprehensive Golf Center on the north end of Lake George in the heart of the Adirondack Park, near the site where Roger’s Rangers fought the renowned Snowshoe Battle.  

We have a full service Driving Range that has a tee box that can accommodate up to 12 people, an automated ball machine that disperses small and large buckets, a Snack Bar, and periodic Golf Clinics put on by our local PGA Professional.  

We can accommodate Special Events and we also have our own Glowing Chipping Course for Night Golf.

The Newest addition to Five Nations is the 18 hole Historically & Locally themed Miniature Golf Course. The Cost is $7.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Children. The mini-golf course is fun for all ages and is the perfect family friendly activity.

We are open 7 days a week rain or shine during daylight hours. (Seasonal)

Ticonderoga Country Club / Golf Corp.

  Ticonderoga Country Club is a unique eighteen hole golf course located in the historic Lord Howe Valley, on the north end of Lake George in the heart of the Adirondack Park, near the site where Roger's Rangers fought the renowned Snowshoe Battle.

The Ticonderoga golf course is perfect for players of all skill levels.  Although it is an open and fun course to play, the course layout presents a challenge with the meandering Trout Brook coming into play on seven of the eighteen holes.  During the round players enjoy scenic mountains that rise above the course on both sides.

  

 

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