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What's New In the Adirondacks

October 2016 Archives

With New York State's regular hunting seasons underway, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is asking local hunters for help finding a man missing in the Adirondacks since November 2015. Hunter Thomas Messick went missing near Brant Lake last year, and the DEC would like any clues as to his whereabouts.

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For many, the Ticonderoga Ferry is a fun and convenient way to travel across Lake Champlain between Ticonderoga, NY and Shoreham, VT. However, Lake Champlain's water levels have been below normal for this time of year, forcing the ferry service to shut down early on October 17th, 2016.

Editor's Note: 10/28/16: This roundup has been updated to also feature the Nightmare on Main Street event in North Creek. 

Halloween is fast approaching, so hopefully you've already picked out your costume for this year! If you're looking for ways to celebrate this spooky holiday in the Adirondacks, there are plenty of parades and entertainment for kids, teens, and adults happening from Friday, October 28 through Monday, October 31 (Halloween).

Photo Credit: Bridgette DeSantis
The Village of Lake Placid is renowned for its Olympic facilities, particularly its historic ice rinks. Next year, U.S. Figure Skating will bring Skate America to Lake Placid's 1980 Herb Brooks Arena for three days of world-class competition!

Photo courtesy of www.lakeplacid.com
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain is renowned for its historic fire observation tower at the summit, but in recent years, the peak's Ranger Trail has been in need of repairs and upgrades. As part of a multi-year project, the New York State DEC and Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) - Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain have been working to improve the Ranger Trail and will continue their efforts in 2017/18.

Photo Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Rail Explorers CEO Mary Jo Lu may have to end her popular tourist attraction's Adirondack adventures if the state's plans to convert the existing Adirondack railroad into a multi-use trail come to fruition.


Peak foliage has arrived throughout the Adirondacks, so if you've been waiting for the perfect time to visit the area this fall, now's the time! Not only will you see colorful foliage, but there will be multiple spooky and fun events, as well as other great entertainment, going on this weekend in the Adirondacks: October 21-23.

Ski season could begin in a little over a month, so it isn't too early to get excited about new ski trails in the Adirondacks. Over at the North Creek Ski Bowl by Gore Mountain, FrontStreet Mountain Development has transferred ownership of 35 acres of ski trails to the Town of Johnsburg, expanding the Ski Bowl's trail system.

Photo Credit: Gore Mountain
Editor's Note - December 19, 2016: The Saratoga & North Creek Railway just notified us that the "Pullman Ski Train" has been canceled for this winter season. 

Inquiries should be directed to the Saratoga & North Creek Railway at 877-726-7245.

If you want a unique way to get to Gore Mountain this winter, consider checking out the Saratoga & North Creek Railway's new overnight winter services. You can stay in a sleeper car on the train and receive free shuttle rides to the mountain and other areas in North Creek!

There's a new online shopping service in the Adirondacks, and this one's operated by Google. Known as Google Express, online shoppers along the East Coast and in the Adirondack Park are now able to use the service to order products from select retailers and receive same-day, one-day, or two-day shipping.

If you're a fan of fall foliage, then now's the time to visit the Adirondack Park. Peak foliage has arrived in most of the Adirondacks, so come visit and then stick around for one of the many great festivals and events going on in and around the region.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is planning to rehabilitate the Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake Chains, and from now through Spring 2017, the locks will be closed. Until then, if you want to move your boat from one end of the locks to the other, you'll have to use one of the boat launches.

Photo Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Lake Placid has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Authentic Ski Towns - not just in the US, but in all of North America! See where we ranked and who we beat out.

There's a new hiking challenge in the Adirondacks that's perfect for families and beginning hikers - the Chester Challenge! Created by the Town of Chester in Warren County, the Chester Challenge consists of 11 designated trails in the region, and all you have to do is complete 6 of them to receive a commemorative pin.

Palmer Pond (Photo Credit: Sara Westcott)
The Polar Express™ is returning to the Saratoga & North Creek Railway this holiday season, and seats are already filling up fast! Book your family trip now and get ready for the classic Christmas story to come alive during train rides on select dates in November and December.

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Development of a design and operational draft for the upcoming rail-trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid is underway, but more obstacles continue to cause delays. New York State has recently discovered it may not own all of the rail corridor where it plans to build, and until that issue is resolved, the ongoing lawsuit against the rail-trail will be postponed.

Peak fall foliage is nearly here in the Adirondacks, and with the long weekend ahead of us, now's the perfect time to go leaf peeping! While you're here, you also won't want to miss all the festivals, such as the Flaming Leaves Festival, and other fall events going on from October 7-10!

Photo provided by ORDA
The Wild Center is welcoming four new animals to its family this fall, including a rare albino wood turtle! To celebrate their public debut, the Wild Center will host "Born to be Wild," a Columbus Day weekend extravaganza where visitors will be able to meet the animals for the first time.

Photo provided by the Wild Center