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Local Resources

Newcomb has fantastic recreational, dining and lodging options to complement your visit to the AIC:


  • Santanoni Great Camp
    Catch a glimpse into the past at one of the most sophisticated and impressive Adirondack Great Camps. The building complexes are connected by a five mile gravel carriage road, making it a great destination for hikers, bikers and cross country skiers.
  • Cloudsplitter's Outfitters
    Rent the equipment you need for an authentic Adirondack adventure at Cloudsplitters. They have canoes, kayaks, bicycles and snowshoes rentals to allow you to explore everything the area has to offer!
  • Goodnow Mountain
    A perfect afternoon hike! Your effort will be rewarded on this 4 mile round trip by a breathtaking 360° view from the firetower atop the summit.
  • Essex Chain of Lakes
    This wonderful recreational opportunity is open to the public for the first time in 100 years. This newly acquired land is a paddler's paradise with a series of 9 connected lakes. Other recreational activities include hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and horse trail riding. Be sure you are familiar with the rules and restrictions for recreation in the tract before visiting. For camping permit information, click here.
  • Upper Works/Tahawus Tract
    As a southern entrance into the High Peaks region, a wide range of hiking and snowshoeing opportunities are available through the Upper Works. This area also provides access to the historic Tahawus Tract, an excellent example of local history and geology. Historically, this area has hosted two mining operations, and one of the earliest sportsmen clubs. Evidence of these communities remains today including the "ghost town" of Adirondac and a blast furnace that was constructed in 1854. Interpretive signage onsite as well as numerous online resources provide a more in-depth look at this area's unique and compelling history.


Seasonal Lodging

  • Hoot Owl Lodge
    Enjoy a true Adirondack bed and breakfast at the Hoot Owl Lodge. With newly renovated accommodations, the Hoot Owl Lodge provides an intimate, relaxing atmosphere in the heart of the Adirondacks.
  • Lake Harris Campground
    One of the best campgrounds in the area, DEC';s Lake Harris campground can accommodate everything from a small tent to a 40-foot RV. Situated right on Lake Harris, campers don't have to travel far to enjoy hiking, boating and fishing.
  • Cloudsplitter's Outfitters
    Along with equipment rentals, Cloudsplitters also offers lodging opportunities. Their two cozy cabins are available to rent year-round.