(Editor's Note 08/31/2020: John Dillon Park is officially closed for the season) Bring the whole family for a day of picnicking, hiking, and paddling.
About John Dillon Park
John Dillon Park is a fully accessible Adirondack wilderness trail and facility. Located in Long Lake, the park is owned and managed by International Paper and Paul Smith's College.
John Dillon, Paul Smith's alumni and former Chairman and CEO of International Paper, came up with the idea for the park. He envisioned a wilderness facility that could accomodate all types of disabilities. His dream became a reality, and the park was dedicated to John Dillon in October 2005.
Thanks to an endowment fund, overnight camping at John Dillon Park is free.
John Dillon Park's fully accessible trails are perfect for a nature hike. In total, the trail network is roughly 3 miles long. Some of the trails lead to a dock and view of nearby Grampus Lake. While hiking, make sure to check out the Osprey Viewing Area - home to the park's resident family of Ospreys.
You can reserve an overnight campsite or lean-to, or just stop by for the day and relax at a picnic area.
Additionally, you can canoe, kayak, and go fishing on Grampus Lake.
List of Amenities
- Fully accessible trail network
- Firewood at each campsite
- Pontoon boat rides available
- Canoe/kayak dock
- Fishing dock
- Viewing dock
- Picnic areas
- Overnight lean-tos
- One tent site
- Welcome Center - water available
- Battery carts to recharge wheelcahirs
Photos provided by John Dillon Park