On this page I give some of my favorite ways to spend time in the Adirondacks; it's not meant to be an exhaustive list. -- Vincent Dupont, founder of Edgemont B&B.
Waterfalls. There are several beautiful ones nearby, easily reached by car (or bike: see "cycling routes" page):
- New Russia on Route 9. Easy access, and wonderful swimming. Bring a picnic.
- The falls at Wadhams; be sure to stop by the Dogwood bakery when there, and stroll down to the cemetery. This area abounds in good roads with little traffic and gorgeous views of farms and mountains.
- The Bouquet Pools. You will need to do a gentle 30-minute hike along the Bouquet river. You won't regret it. Access is off Route 73.
- Ausable Chasm in Keesville.
- Not a waterfall, but a classic Adirondack lake: Lincoln Pond. Use one of the public grills to have a barbecue.
Note: I hate to mention this but occasionally leeches will take a liking to your leg at these places. Generally small ones, and they can be painlessly removed. If you are having trouble getting your kids out of the water, just pack up the car and mention them when you are ready to leave ...
- (See the "Bibliography" page): Grab a copy of Martin and Viestenz's Moriah and Port Henry in the Adirondacks, or Farrell's Through the Light Hole, and go to the spots where the pictures in these books were taken -- and experience the sensation of having history suddenly surround you. Guests are welcome to borrow copies from the B&B.
- If you are feeling inert, lookup Witherbee on google maps: the "lake" near the Mineville Post Office is in fact the flooded "21 Mine", the only open-pit mine in the area. The Moriah Shock Incarceration Center is also a former mining operation -- the Fisher Hill mine. A flooded mine shaft can be seen near it at this link: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Witherbee,+NY/@4... (The shaft can be seen as a hole in the woods to the right of Moriah Shock and just to the left of a long, straight line that has been cleared through the woods for power lines.)
- On humid, warm days you can detect another mineshaft by rolling your car window down and driving slowly through Witherbee. Drive past the "21 Mine" on the right and then the VFW Hall (a former Witherbee, Sherman Company building) on the left (and just across the VFW on the right, the former local headquarters of the Witherbee, Sherman Company) and bear to the right, staying on County Highway 6b. You will see a mist on the road and feel a dramatic temperature drop just as you approach the four-way intersection of this road with County Highway 7c. This is a wonderful place to cool off if you are bicycling on a hot day. Here is a link to google maps, showing the intersection of County Highways 6b and 7c: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Witherbee,+NY+12...
- Drive around the tailings pile visible to the north from Edgemont. Access is off Switchback Road. While there, hike the Cheney Mountain trail off Pilfershire Road, one of the many local trails maintained by Champlain Area Trails (CATs), which is a wonderful organization (http://www.champlainareatrails.com.) Cheney Mountain is a short hike with a wonderful view of the high peaks, the mining operations, and Lake Champlain.
- I love them all, but a few favorites outside of the Town of Moriah are: Westport, Essex, Schroon Lake and Vergennes, Vermont. All are bike-able from Edgemont.
If I could ski only one trail in the Adirondacks my pick would be Camp Santanoni, in Newcomb, New York. Five miles in to the stunning great camp maintained by Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH: http://www.aarch.org), and five miles back. Gentle terrain, quiet and gorgeous. This is technically a back-country trail (and a horse trail in summer) but it is not difficult and is usually quickly broken-out by skiers after a snowfall. Check here for ski conditions: http://www.jackrabbittrail.org/conditions.