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.
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.
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.
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.