Newcomb’s Camp Santanoni hosts three winter weekends each year, which provide an opportunity for people to have access to the Great Camp buildings that are not open year-round. The first winter weekend is January 18-20, with the next two set for February 15-17, March 14-15.
Don’t forget the Great Camp Santanoni is always open to the public, but these Winter Weekends provide public access to the interior of the remaining historic buildings on the property as well as historical educational information.
Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the remaining historical camp properties and interpretative displays through tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) volunteers. The 10-mile round trip cross-country ski or snowshoe winter adventure starts from Camp Santanoni’s Gate House reaching the old farm buildings in one (1) mile and 0.5-mile spur trail leading to the nearby 3.6-mile Adirondack Interpretive Center’s trail system. The easy trail continues along the old road leading to the Main Lodge at Great Camp Santanoni and is perfect for the novice skier and challenging enough to provide a great workout for a more experienced person.
The five-mile carriage road leads from the gatehouse to the isolated main lodge complex and the Artist’s Studio along the shores of Newcomb Lake. During Winter Weekends, bring a cup if you can to enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate by the woodstove though there will be some cups available. Be prepared to carry out whatever you carry in.
Camp Santanoni was built in the late 1800s by Robert and Anna Pruyn as a refuge from city life. Originally the property consisted of more than four dozen buildings on 12,900 acres including a working farm, the Gate Lodge complex, and a huge rustic Main Lodge though now only a few of the original structures remain. Camp Santanoni is now a National Historic Landmark gradually being restored through a partnership between DEC, AARCH and the town of Newcomb.
Make sure to check the AARCH‘s social media pages for the latest snow conditions and any scheduled changes.
Photo of the Great Camp Santanoni Artist Cabin used with permission of AARCH.