Ride the Adiron­dacks

Trail Rider - - HOT ON THE TRAIL -

The Adiron­dack Park, lo­cated in New York’s Adiron­dack Moun­tains, en­com­passes six mil­lion acres; it’s the largest pro­tected wilder­ness area east of the Mis­sis­sippi River. In the cen­ter of this park lies the small town of New­comb, which is sur­rounded by 19,000 acres of prop­erty open to trail rid­ing.

The Es­sex Chain Lakes trail­heads and the Hud­son River Ac­cess are ac­ces­si­ble from the town. Ride on in­ter­twined log­ging roads and through moun­tain mead­ows past scenic beaver flows, and nu­mer­ous lakes and ponds. The San­tanoni Pre­serve is per­fect for an easy, his­toric ride. Or take a short, scenic ride to Moose Pond.

Equine ac­com­mo­da­tions are limited; how­ever, Cloud-Split­ter Out­fit­ters (www.cloud­split­ter­out­fit­ters.com) of­fers overnight sta­bling and lodg­ing. New­comb also of­fers camp­grounds, cab­ins, and a bed & break­fast.

More eques­trian ameni­ties are planned. New­comb, along with four ad­join­ing towns, has been awarded a $250,000 grant to de­sign trail­heads with eas­ier trailer ac­cess and to open more log­ging roads.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call (518) 582-2509, or go to www.new­combny.com.

The town of New­comb, N.Y., lo­cated in the heart of the six-mil­lion-acre Adiron­dack Park, is sur­rounded by 19,000 acres of prop­erty open to trail rid­ing. Shown is Fifth Lake, one of eight lakes in the Ful­ton Chain of Lakes.

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