Great Camp Santanoni is open to visitors year-round, and during winter, it’s the perfect place to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. If you’re interested in planning a trip to the historic site, don’t miss out on this season’s free Winter Weekends at Camp Santanoni!
For 2017, there will be three free Winter Weekends: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend (January 14-16), President’s Day Weekend (February 18-20), and the weekend of March 18 &19. All of these open house events will be held at Camp Santanoni in the Town of Newcomb.
Camp Santanoni is recognized as one of the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, and it has been around since the late 19th century. The historic site is made up of the Main Complex, the Gatehouse Complex, and the Farm Complex.
Although Camp Santanoni is open year-round, during the winter season, buildings are closed and the site isn’t staffed. However, during the Winter Weekends, the historic site comes alive!
For each of these special weekends, visitors are allowed to ski or snowshoe into Camp Santanoni and visit both the Gate Lodge and the Main Lodge. It is 9.8 miles round-trip between the two buildings.
In addition to being able to view interpretive displays located at the Great Camp, visitors can take tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) staff.
Some of the other highlights of the Winter Weekends include refreshments at the Artist’s Studio (open as a warming hut), free snowshoes provided the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) at the Gate Lodge, and access to the nearby AIC trail system.
These unique Winter Weekends have been held over the last few years thanks to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), AARCH, the Town of Newcomb, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s AIC.
No reservations are required, and all three weekends are free to attend. Mark your calendars today!