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Wells is a small town in the heart of the Adirondack Park that includes a hamlet by the same name located along Route 30 and Lake Algonquin, a dammed portion of the Sacandaga River, which flows right through the town and village.

Named after Joshua Wells, an early settler, Wells is the oldest town in Hamilton County and celebrated its bicentennial in 2005.

Fall Foliage in Wells NY

Photo: Gerry Lemmo

The town offers ample oportunities for hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling and other outdoor sports. Augur Falls, a relatively easy hike to a scenic waterfall, is a popular destination.

Wells provides access to the Silver Lake Wildnerness area at the end of West River Road, near Whitehouse, a former hunting camp, along the West Branch of the Sacandaga River. This is where you can access the Northville-Lake Placid Trail.

Another Adirondack ghost town, Griffin, is also located near Wells. This once prosperous community developed around a tannery that was built in 1880 by Stephen Griffin II.

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