First Time Visitors

The quintessential Adirondack experience

So, you’re considering your first vacation to the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. Or you’ve been to other places in the Adirondacks and want to get a little more “wild” now. Honestly, we don’t blame you! With small towns and big outdoors, the Adirondacks and Hamilton County is the birthplace of the American vacation for good reason! Sure, the mountains, lakes, rivers, and forests are beautiful and will probably make your decision to visit a little easier, but the small towns give this area such a unique character that you’ll want to come back again and again, just as others have for generations.

Hamilton County might be the least populated county in New York, but it’s full of outdoor adventures, relaxing oases, and opportunities to learn about the Adirondacks. Well over half the county is classified as Forest Preserve, which means there’s a lot of room for outdoor recreation. While you’re in Hamilton County you can shop for locally made products, snowmobile over frosty terrain, hike to backcountry ponds, immerse yourself in history, create your own story in this incredible place, and everything in between.

Here are a few ways YOU can experience the Adirondacks in Hamilton County:

  • Go whitewater rafting on the Hudson River
  • Snowmobile, hike, or cross-country ski through peaceful, quiet forests
  • Stay at a historic Great Camp where the Vanderbilts once vacationed
  • Climb a mountain with a fire tower
  • Camp under the stars at a number of maintained campgrounds
  • Shop at antique stores and take home a piece of Adirondack history
  • Relax on the shore of the largest natural lake in the Adirondacks
  • Go birding in unique habitats not found elsewhere in New York
  • Explore some of the area's finest wilderness
  • Canoe part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail
  • Learn about the wonderful, storied history of the Adirondacks at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

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