Discover the Northeastern Adirondacks
The northeastern Adirondacks present the greatest elevation profile of any region in the Park: from the low-lying shores of Lake Champlain to the 4600-foot summit of the Giant of the Valley. Within this range lie many secluded ponds, soaring cliffs, clear-water streams, and rocky peaks. Likewise, the recreational opportunities are equally diverse: easy trails, backpacking adventures, loops, lean-tos, fire towers, and bushwhacking treks.
On the shores of Lake Champlain you'll discover Split Rock Mountain, where a variety of loop trails lead hikers to scenic ledges and historic sites. Explore Barn Rock, a rocky point thrust into the lake, and the juniper-lined ledges at Snake Den Harbor Overlook. Further north is Valcour Island, the site of a Revolutionary War naval battle and now a state-owned Primitive Area known for the beauty of its limestone bluffs.
The northern reaches of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest near North Hudson feature the northeastern Adirondacks' prettiest ponds, accessed by well-designed trails that wind through deep woods on roadways dating to the nineteenth century. This is the place to find a waterside campsite and fall asleep to the call of loons. Across the road, several access trails lead under the Northway to the inner recesses of the southern Dix Mountain Wilderness.
The Adirondack Northway provides easy access to nearly all of these destinations, and the nearby towns of North Hudson, Keene Valley, Upper Jay, Ausable Forks, Keeseville, Plattsburgh, Essex, Westport, New Russia, Lewis and Elizabethtown make excellent places from which to stage your explorations.
A new edition of Discover the Northeastern Adirondacks was released in 2009. It includes descriptions of new places, enhanced descriptions of many familiar destinations, attractive photos, and newly redesigned maps to help you plan your next adventure.