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The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center

A year-round activity hub for outdoor Adirondack adventures
39 Garnet Hill Road North River, NY 12856 |
three people on a rocky edge looking at mountain viewsFrom spring through fall, go hiking on the well-marked trails at Garnet Hill.
view of lake and mountains in the distanceDiscover breathtaking views from a variety of scenic trails.
two people riding mountain bikes on a dirt trailTheir mountain biking terrain features a mix of single-track trails, ski trails, and dirt and gravel roads.
two people in a canoe on a lake with fall colors across trees in the backgroundLodging guests can enjoy private access to Thirteenth Lake as well.
three cross country skiers on snowy slope near a trail signThe Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is one of the region's top Nordic sports centers.
person in blue jacket cross country skiing along a path in the woodsGarnet Hill's extensive trail system features 15 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails.
red vehicle grooming a snowy trail in winterThese ski trails are groomed daily throughout winter with set tracks and skating lanes.
three cross country skiers going up a groomed trailRound up some friends for an adventure through a winter wonderland.
cross country skier in an orange jacket skiing on a trailTrail passes are free for Garnet Hill lodging guests and cost a small fee for visitors.
two people in blue jackets snowshoeing on a trailStrap on your snowshoes and explore their unique trail routes.
kids with an adult and instructor with skis on prepared for their lessonLessons are offered for both kids and adults.
two people riding fat tire bikes on a trail in winterTry fat tire biking at the Outdoor Center! These mountain bikes provide extra traction.
winter jackets and clothing in a ski shopLocated in the Outdoor Center, the Ski Shop is stocked with clothing, equipment, and accessories.
row of skis next to wall with ski equipmentSkis, boots, poles, and snowshoes are available to rent.


The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center in North River is a four-season adventure center offering hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and more. Plan a visit this year and experience the beauty of the Adirondacks.

Welcome to the Outdoor Center

Located at Garnet Hill Lodge, the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a year-round activity hub that's open to both lodging guests and visitors. Below, we've highlighted the wide variety of activities you can enjoy on the property.

Explore the Trail System Year Round

The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is more than just a top spot for winter sports. The extensive trail system is open to guests and visitors free of charge for hiking and mountain biking from spring through fall. These trails weave through the woods, over hilltops, into peaceful valleys, and past historic remnants of the area's past.

Mountain bikers are welcome to explore miles of single-track trails, cross-country ski trails, and dirt and gravel roads. Some offer a view of the Adirondack High Peaks, and others will bring you into wooded areas.

Garnet Hill has a brand new fleet of mountain bikes that lodging guests and visitors can rent. Mountain bike rentals, fat tire bikes, and children's bikes are available at the Outdoor Center, and you can rent them for a half day or a full day. Helmets are provided with your bike rental, and a credit card is required and a waiver should be signed prior to renting. Lodging guests should pre-rent bikes ahead of time to receive a 20% discount on Hardtail Mountain Bikes.

Lodging guests also have access to swimming, fishing, and paddling on Thirteenth Lake.

From Skiing to Snowshoeing, Discover a Winter Wonderland of Fun

The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a winter sports destination for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat tire biking. Right outside the door, Garnet Hill's property features a fantastic trail system with 35 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails, approx. 9 miles of snowshoe trails, and fat tire bike trails.

Trail passes are included for overnight guests at Garnet Hill Lodge, and for non-guests, day passes can be purchased on site from the Outdoor Center's service windows, but Garnet Hill highly recommends online pre-purchase of passes.

Winter Sport Equipment Rentals, Ski Services, Lessons & More

During a typical year, the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is your one stop shop for equipment rentals and excellent ski services. Daily equipment rentals can be made online to guarantee equipment and reduce the wait time.

Lessons will also be available for all abilities, but they must be reserved ahead of time by calling the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150. Private, semi-private, skate, and backcountry lessons are all available.

Grab a Bite to Eat

Located at the Main Lodge, the Log House Restaurant is Garnet Hill's restaurant that serves traditional American fare with an Adirondack twist. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner for both lodging guests and non-guests, and breakfast is available for lodging guests only. Enjoy a variety of delicious American dishes in a warm, inviting environment, or in one of the Lodge's porches overlooking Thirteenth Lake and the Adirondack mountains. Advance reservations are required, and takeout is available.

Garnet Hill's other restaurant, the Bobcat Bar & Grill, is located on the second floor of the Outdoor Center (temporarily closed).

Want to learn more? Visit the Outdoor Center's website today!

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