The Garnet Hill Outdoor Center in North River is a four-season adventure center offering cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, mountain biking, and more. Plan a visit this year and experience the beauty of the Adirondacks.
Welcome to the Outdoor Center
Located at the Garnet Hill Lodge, the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center is a year-round activity hub that's typically open to both lodging guests and visitors. However, for the 2020-2021 winter season, the Outdoor Center building will not be open to the public, other than for equipment purchases with appointments booked in advance. Users should be prepared to base out of their vehicles.
Below, we've highlighted the wide variety of activities you can enjoy on the property.
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. During ski season, fat tire bikes are allowed on designated trails from Tuesday - Sunday and on the whole groomed trail system on Mondays.
Trail passes are included for overnight guests at Garnet Hill Lodge. Otherwise, the costs are:
2020-2021 Day Passes (online day pass prices are discounted by $5):
- Online Adult Day Pass (Skiing): $22
- Online Youth Day Pass (Skiing): $18
- Online Senior Day Pass (Skiing): $18
- Online Child Day Pass (Skiing): $12
- Online Snowshoe Day Pass: $15
- Note: On Mondays, winter trail day passes for fat tire biking cost the same as ski passes. On Tuesdays - Sundays, they cost $10.
Season passes are also available for purchase.
2020-2021 Season Passes:
- Senior Season Pass: $175
- Adult Season Pass: $200
- Child Season Pass: $125
- Family Season Pass: $425
- Youth Season Pass: $175
Passes can be purchased on site from the Outdoor Center's service windows, but Garnet Hill highly recommends online pre-purchase of passes.
Get 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. For the 2020-2021 winter season, the Outdoor Center building will be closed (except by appointment), but equipment rentals will be available for pick up and return outside. Daily equipment rentals can be made online to guarantee equipment and reduce the wait time.
Interested in purchasing equipment? You can make an appointment ahead of time to buy products in their retail shop. Only one person is allowed at a time with one sales person. You can make an appointment by calling the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150.
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. Only private or small group (5 or fewer people who are related or traveling together) lessons will be available this winter season. Kids 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Face coverings are required during all lessons.
Grab a Bite to Eat at the Bobcat Bar & Grill
Editor's Note (11/3/2020 8AM): Please be aware that the Bobcat Bar and Grill is only open for takeout service until further notice. We will update this section when there are changes.
The Bobcat Bar & Grill is located on the second floor of the Outdoor Center and serves lunch and dinner 7 days a week (breakfast served to lodging guests only). Enjoy wraps, paninis, hot sandwiches, and salads for lunch, and then fill up on delicious food for dinner. The seasonal dinner menu includes items such as maple pulled pork, roasted salmon, and a brisket blend burger.
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 - 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. Bike rentals are available for a fee (free for overnight guests). Lodging guests have access to swimming, fishing, and paddling on Thirteenth Lake as well.
Want to learn more? Visit the Outdoor Center's website today!