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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.


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
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!

The historic 36-foot high lighthouse on Valcour Island in Lake Champlain has recently undergone a $280,000+ restoration. It's now a museum as well as a functioning lighthouse, and you can visit this special attraction before the summer is over!

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If you've ever been interested in the 46er Challenge - hiking all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks - you'll definitely want to check out the High Peaks Wilderness Area hiking challenge.

Mt. Marcy, part of the HPWA hiking challenge, photo credit to Kelsey Schumacher 
A crew of over 100 dedicated volunteers restored a historic fire tower in the western Adirondacks over a period spanning several years. Designated an Adirondack Historical site, the tower's grand reopening was celebrated in early July and you can take the one-mile hike to check out the amazing views for yourself!

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While it's always fun to take a walk through a park, it can be just as nice to stick around and relax for a bit. Over in Warrensburg, you'll be able to do both in three different spots along Water Street - at Cal Engle Park, a Healing Garden, and Duck Park - once the park projects are complete.

In business for 60 years and a local favorite hot spot, Enchanted Forest Water Safari has been recognized by The Travel Channel as one of the top water parks in the country.

Although the six million acre Adirondack Park is one of the most popular areas to visit for biking, hiking, paddling, camping, and much more, it wasn't always such a major tourist attraction. Once viewed as an intimidating obstacle, the Adirondacks eventually became the premier vacation hotspot in the United States!

Ever since The Wild Center opened in Tupper Lake in 2006, people have flocked there to check out the exhibits, see the otters, and walk across the treetops on an elevated trail. The Wild Center aims to re-connect adults and children to nature, and this goal will become easier thanks Community Bank's recent $2,500 grant to the Center's Junior Naturalist Program.

Photo Credit: Copyright © 2016 The Wild Center, All rights reserved.