Saturday, February 4, 2023

Moonlight snowshoe walks at John Brown Farm State Historic Site on Feb. 5

snowshoesAll are welcome to enjoy moonlight snowshoe walks at the John Brown Farm Historic Site tomorrow, Sunday, February 5 beginning at 8 p.m. Participants of this moonlight snowshoe party will have the opportunity to walk the fields and forests of the John Brown trails under the light of the full moon. Folks are asked to bring their own showshoes and poles. This event is free and open to the public.

The John Brown Farm is located at 115 John Brown Road, a half mile north of State Route 73, in North Elba (2 miles east of the village of Lake Placid.) This event is sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Saratoga/Capital District – 19 Roosevelt Drive, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866.

For further information, contact the park office at (518) 523-3900 or email

Photo at top: Snowshoes. Richard Monroe photo, Adirondack Almanack archive photo.


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9 Responses

  1. Joe Kozlina says:

    I recently commented In the Adirondack Explorer on the present Tupper Lake lighted ski trails put in place at the detriment of the night. The point I made there is answered here with snow shoeing at night by the natural light of the moon. The Tupper Lake community should take note and follow a sustainable idea for the heath of the Adirondacks and our grandkids.

    • Bob Meyer says:

      You are correct in terms of the light pollution emitted by lighted night trails. But, considering that there are lighted night trails for skiing, and other events in the Tri-Cities, or the Adirondacks, it’s a reality that it’s not going away.
      In the end, there is probably room for both natural and artificial light night winter activities.

      • Joe Kozlina says:

        You are right in that it is not going away. That is my point, It could go away with a change in our thinking. The old ways of lighting up the night to enhance or extend the daylight has been done again and again and proven to be detrimental to nocturnal life. If we are to believe there is still room for more artificial light in the night sky I think we are mistaken. What makes the Adirondacks a go to place is the dark and the wild and the feeling it is like no other place on earth. With us lighting up the night sky we end up just like any other populated area with its night sky lost to lights burning thru the night. We could be focused on turning out lights ensuring the Adirondacks stay dark and spooky.

        • Bob Meyer says:

          I completely agree with you regarding what is most desirable. Unfortunately the reality is many people don’t get it.

        • Robert DiMarco says:

          Heck i am all for fewer Humans everywhere! We just keep building and building. Less and less land for all the other living beings on Earth.

          Sorry I digress but the lights on the Tupper and now Craig wood are the least of our worries. They are only on with motion and turn off relatively quickly

          • Joe says:

            I agree with the lights being the least of our worries. I know by past comments, that even this, the smallest of efforts, to shut off the lights and let the night be night is radical in most minds.
            I wasnt aware we also have lights on Craig Wood. I am sure someone is planning more as I speak.

            • Robert DiMarco says:

              Not really radical your thoughts. We humans don’t want to sacrifice so everything we do is that end. Heck I am down in Costa Rica at a house I have and I am just trying to rejungle it. Actually going to pick up garbage humans leave at the beach. And lately I feel that really isn’t a big problem anymore in comparison but it sire does pass me off.

  2. Richard Monroe says:

    Hey! Somebody’s an Adirondack Outlaw! I recognize those snowshoes! How did my Dad’s Ranger School snowshoes end up at John Brown’s farm!

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