Experience the Adirondacks — it's wild!
Hamilton County is located in the center of the six-million acre Adirondacks in northern New York state. With public recreation lands and waters totaling one million acres and comprising 95 percent of Hamilton county, there's an adventure around every corner. And, while wilderness is always right at your fingertips, our villages are conveniently scattered throughout the region, making restaurants, lodging, and a variety of attractions available.
Plan your springtime adventure
There is no shortage of fun in Hamilton County. Did you know we are the Whitewater capital of New York state? Spend a day soaring through the Hudson River with Adirondac Rafting Company. After a day of thrills, ease into some free live music under the stars. Here in the heart of the Adirondacks you can experience the best in outdoor adventure and world-class attractions like Great Camp Sagamore, which was a resort to the wealthiest vacationers during the Gilded Age.
Below are some ideas to get you started on your adventure:
- Take the WW Durant boat ride on Raquette Lake. Wine and dine on this historic cruise that tours the Adirondack Great Camp region. Take in the scenic beauty while relaxing with a delicious meal.
- Hike a waterfall trail. Hamilton County is abundant with waterfalls. There are so many waterfalls that we even have a Waterfall Challenge, featuring over 20 waterfalls.
- Sleep under the stars. Camping is one of our favorite pastimes and we have many campsites for all style of camper, from backcountry to full amenities. Want your own island? We even have that too.
- Swim the gentle waters of a lakeside beach. For a golden sandy beach try Long Lake Town Beach.
- Fish in a well stocked lake. With over 20 lakes and ponds to choose from, there’s plenty of fresh water if angling is your passion.
- Explore the world-class Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. Roam the interactive, hands-on exhibits to learn more about the region’s natural and cultural history.
- Visit our unique towns! From mom-and-pop shops to outstanding restaurants sourcing local products, you'll find our towns charming and the proprietors welcoming.
Festivals and events
Don’t forget all the springtime and summer festivals that celebrate the best of the season and Adirondack region:
- The annual Black Fly Mountain Bike Race is expected to be another wild ride on June 9.
- The 15th Adirondack Boreal Birding Festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever on June 6 -9.
- Live music in Inlet as part of their “Sunsets in the Park” begins in July.
- You can find a full list on our events page.
An outdoor vacation destination
You'll find a seemingly endless expanse of wilderness to explore in the Adirondacks, where there are adventures to be had at every turn. Start planning your Adirondack vacation today by browsing our lodging options!