Explore the Adirondacks!
Home to one of the most expansive areas of wilderness in all of New York state, Hamilton County has endless natural wonder to explore and enrich our lives. Forests, lakes, streams, and mountains fill the view from every turn. Here, we share some of our favorite ways to explore all that this naturally wild and wonderful region has to offer. By boat, plane, foot, or on the road, we have a tour or excursion ready for people of all ages and interests to enjoy. The only prerequisite? A sense of adventure.
In the Adirondacks, our scenic roadways offer some of the prettiest views and panoramic vistas found in the entire six-million-acre Adirondack Park.
Every season brings unique views and experiences. Spring's burst of bright green leaves and pretty wildflowers is charming, while the warmth of summer offers long, windows open adventure. Each fall, the Adirondacks lush, green landscape is transformed into an artist's palette of vibrant colors. Leaf peepers can enjoy entire forests of golden aspen, beech and birch, as well as vermilion sugar maple. Driving along quiet country routes provides the opportunity to discover tucked-away historic treasures like Great Camp Sagamore and Raquette Lake. In winter, driving along roads seemingly lifted from a holiday movie, with snowy trees as far as the eye can see, is a special treat.
Travel through the wilds of the area and glimpse wildlife such as deer, boreal birds and the occasional moose. Miles of picturesque shoreline offer a charming picture, as well as incredible boating and paddling opportunities in warmer months. Follow a meandering country road, or enjoy the simple pleasure of watching the road unfold ahead.
Float plane rides
Find one of the only places in the Adirondack Park offering scenic float plane rides. Charter a flight and experience the Adirondacks from a birds'-eye-view, or fly into the Adirondack Mountains for a backcountry camping or fishing trip.
Explore the historic and scenic lake shores of the Adirondacks from the bow of a classic wooden motorboat or replica steamer, and dine on the water too! Thanks to companies in Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, you can get a hearty dose of fun, history, and Adirondack hospitality, all under bluebird skies.
One of Hamilton County's greatest assets is that here, history comes to life and is truly accessible. Want to visit a historic Great Camp and really sit on the porch in a rocker? You can do that here! At Great Camp Sagamore, the camp complex is shared with visitors through walking tours of the property, where you'll see the old schoolhouse for the resident children, stroll through Mrs. Vanderbilt's dining room, and learn what goes on in the camp's boat shop.
Charming towns and villages provide a variety of unique attractions, from community festivals to open-air theatrical productions. In summer, seasonal roadside stands offer everything from handmade rustic goods to locally produced honey. Winter brings colorful festivals celebrating holidays and winter sports. For more fun, be sure to check out our events calendar, which is frequently updated to share the latest event updates.