Friday, May 31, 2019

Featured Hike: Camp Santanoni Historic Area, Newcomb

camp santanoni mapThe Camp Santanoni Historic Area is a very unique location in the Adirondack Forest Preserve. A surviving great camp, this National Historic Landmark was created in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Robert C. and Anna Pruyn, serving as a place to entertain guests and find refuge from city life.

Today, the area is a popular day hike destination during summer months, as well as a cross country skiing destination in the colder months.

Newcomb Lake Road is a 5-mile gravel road that extends from the parking lot to Camp Santanoni on Newcomb Lake. From the trailhead at the Gate Lodge to Newcomb Lake the trail ascends 350 feet in 3.0 miles and then descends 250 feet over the remaining two miles to the Main Complex on Newcomb Lake. The trail passes through the Farm Complex 0.7 miles from the trailhead.

Santanoni-Lake Harris Trail extends 1.75 miles along the north shore of Lake Harris connecting the Gate Lodge Complex and DEC’s Lake Harris Campground.

The Moose Pond Horse Trail leaves the Newcomb Lake Road Trail and enters the High Peaks Wilderness approximately 2.5 miles from the trailhead and the Newcomb Lake-Moose Pond Trail leaves the trail approximately 1 mile before the Main Complex.

The Newcomb Lake-Moose Pond Trail connects with the Newcomb Lake Trail to form a 4.2-mile loop trail around the Newcomb Lake which passes through the Main Complex. The trail has numerous ascents and descents of various heights but no more than 125 feet

The 236-acre Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC) sets on the shores of Rich Lake and Rich Lake outlet. AIC is managed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). In addition to the trail system, AIC has an interpretive center with naturalists and holds many programs regarding the cultural and natural history of the Northern Forest.

Camp Santanoni Historic Area is accessed from the Gate Lodge Parking Area, located on Newcomb Lake Road, off NY Route 28N. 43.9737°N, 74.1650°W.

Featured hikes are recommended by DEC. Map of Camp Santanoni Historic Area courtesy Adirondack Atlas.

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One Response

  1. Steven Engelhart says:

    From June 29th through Labor Day there are daily interpretive tours of the Main Camp at 11, 1, and 3