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Stony Creek's 1000 Acres Ranch now has a new owner after being auctioned off last week, and the successful bidder has big plans for the property.

For the last six years, Big Tupper Ski Area has been run by a dedicated team of volunteers who formed the group Adirondack Residents Intent on Saving their Economy (ARISE). According to a recent report by Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the volunteers will be at it again, operating the mountain for a seventh, and presumably final, season.

For the first time, the nature trail at Otter Creek Preserve is open to the public, giving everyone a chance to admire more than a hundred acres of natural beauty!

Are you ready for ski season yet? Gore Mountain is! The family-friendly ski resort in North Creek recently announced several new improvements that skiers and snowboarders can look forward to when the mountain opens for the year.

Fire towers played a significant role in Adirondack history, and many groups have dedicated themselves to restoring these relics. The recent rehabilitation of an 87-year-old tower is just one example of the work that is being done to preserve the vintage structures for future generations.

Spruce Mountain Tower, photo provided by NYS DEC
Wild Walk, the one-of-a-kind attraction at Tupper Lake's Wild Center, has drawn more than 100,000 visitors in two months, and will be receiving a prestigious architecture award later this month.

Photo provided by The Wild Center
The 91-year-old Northville-Placid Trail that winds through the heart of the Adirondack Park recently reached the end of a six-year improvement project, and is now able to provide outdoor recreationists with a dramatically enhanced experience.

As part of Governor Cuomo's NY Works program, the Department of Environmental Conservation recently announced that $600,000 worth of improvements will be made to the Paradox Lake Campground and Boat Launch.

It's no secret that the Adirondacks boast some of the best fall foliage in the country, but Country Living Magazine recently took note of two towns in particular and included them in its list of "50 Small Towns Across America With The Most Beautiful Fall Foliage."

Photo: Carl Heilman II
Marcy Dam, located in the High Peaks, has been the subject of countless photos and the site of immeasurable reflections over the years, but the Department of Environmental Conservation will begin dismantling the log dam after it was damaged by floodwaters in 2011.

Photo Credit: Marcy Dam via photopin (license)