When entering the town of Hope from the south, one also leaves Fulton County and arrives in Hamilton County, one of only two counties that lie entirely in the Adirondack Park. It is the least populated county in New York!
Hope's 41.6 square miles boast less than 10 people per square mile. Its most recent population total of 368 compares to 608 when the town was organized in 1818. Back then, the valley along East Stony Creek attracted farmers, and later sawmills and tanneries were built. By 1925 all had ceased operations, and the population declined to a mere 165. The forest regrew and reclaimed the land, leaving the abandoned roads to become inviting trails. Today Hope offers uncrowded hikes to beautiful waterfalls and lakes and one of the most scenic views of the Sacandaga River along route 30. Consider visiting the place where the mountains meet the river.
Some locations within the town of Hope include a hamlet of the same name, located along the east back of the Sacandaga River, as well as:
Bennett Lake - A small lake north of Hope Falls.
Hope Falls - A hamlet on Hope Falls Road.
Middle Lake - A small lake between Bennet Lake and Murphy Lake.
Murphy Lake - A small lake in the northern part of Hope.
Lapland Lake is a year-round resort that offers a "Touch of Finland" in the Adirondacks! Stay in one of their tupas (cottages) and enjoy a variety of seasonal recreational activities, such as hiking, swimming, paddling, and cross-country skiing.
Located near Northville, NY, in the Southern Adirondacks, The Cabins in Hope feature three private and comfortable cabins nestled on the gorgeous Sacandaga River. They are a refreshing alternative to hotels and motels and provide the perfect escape.
See three waterfalls at Groff Creek - the first two are fairly difficult to get to. The first waterfall is 30 feet in height. The other two are farther upstream and require a hike downhill to see them.
Lapland Lake in the southern Adirondacks has been offering a unique winter experience to individuals, couples, and families for over 35 years with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, lessons, equipment sales and rentals, and more.
Since 1988, one of the region's most unique shops! We offer quality items many created by skilled craftsmen from the region. Enjoy our collection of Amish Furniture, log furniture, cabin style bedding, baths, rugs, lighting, linens, gifts, and more.