You don’t have to wait for the Fourth of July to get in on some fun events coming up! (Although we have July 4 event info, too!) See what’s happening in the Adirondacks below, and catch up on news related to camping, hunting, and the High Peaks shuttles.
Find Upcoming Events & Plan for the Fourth
Here’s what’s coming up in the ADK:
- Brant Lake/Schroon River Gravel Bike Loop: June 26
- Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon: June 26 (virtual this year)
- Woods Walk: Cultural Uses of Plants at the AIC: June 26
- Raquette Lake Strawberry Festival: June 26
- Spirit of the Adirondacks Exhibit at BluSeed Studios: June 26
- Free Fishing Days in New York State: June 26 & 27
- Sleeping Beauty Hike: June 29
- LEGO Batman & Pokemon Detective Pikachu in Plattsburgh: June 29 & 30
- Summer Trail Run Series at Paul Smith’s VIC: June 30 (and other dates)
- Opening of the Henry M. Kashiawa Wetland Walkway in Old Forge: June 30
- John Burroughs Cave Exploration: July 1
- Hike to Southern End of Hoffman Notch Trail: July 1
News to Know With Skating, Camping, Hunting & More
There’s a New Skate Park in Long Lake
The Long Lake Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department announced the opening of a skate park at the Geiger Arena. It’s located inside the skating area at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area, and the park is designed for skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and bikes (no motorized equipment). It’s open from dawn until 10:30pm and is free to use.
Take Your Kids on a Bug Crawl in Saranac Lake
Don’t worry, no actual bugs are included! But, there are seven bug art pieces scattered throughout Saranac Lake, including ladybugs, a mayfly, a luna moth, a monarch, and a honeybee. Each bug took about 30 to 40 hours to make.
Kids and bug- and art-lovers of all ages are invited to take a photo with each bug, then report to the Welcome Center at the Town Hall on Main Street. You do get a prize for being photographed with each one.
First-Ever Loyalty Program Announced for State Campgrounds
Reservations are open for the 2022 camping season, and now you’ll have even more incentive to plan ahead and get out there: the DEC has instituted a new Camper Loyalty/Reward Program. Campers can earn points for every dollar spent on overnight accommodations and redeem the points toward use fees on future stays. Points are awarded upon departure.
“We know there are many outdoor destinations and lodging options available across New York, and this new Loyalty/Reward program is a way of saying thanks to those visitors who enjoy our state campgrounds and return with their families and friends time and time again,” State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said in a statement.
This program coincides with the opening of the 2022 reservations; there is a nine-month booking window. Hoping to make it out there for camping this year? There is still some limited availability, mostly on weekdays and during the non-peak camping season.
You can find out more about the program and book your trip here.
Warren County Hunting Law Update
Hunters ages 12 and 13 will be allowed to participate in deer hunting this fall with a firearm or crossbow. (And of course, proper supervision from an experienced, adult hunter). Previously the cutoff was 14.
“We are very excited that we can now let our young people learn to hunt, an activity that helps put food on the table, teaches life skills, allows family bonding, and helps control wildlife populations,” Rachel Seeber, Chairwoman of the Warren County Board of Supervisors, said in a statement.
High Peaks Shuttles Happening After All?
It had previously been reported that the hiker shuttles initially planned for 2020 would not run yet again in 2021. But, the DEC, Essex County, and the Town of Keene are all working to make the shuttle system happen for this hiking season.
Details are being ironed out now, including hiring shuttle operators and trail stewards, and finalizing route information. Ideally, the shuttle buses will help manage the large volume of visitors to the Adirondacks, particularly along the Route 73 corridor and in the High Peaks. According to Adirondack Explorer, their tentative start date for the shuttles is the second weekend in July.
- Adirondack Explorer: High Peaks hiker shuttle could still run this summer