The Gore Mountain & North Creek Region
The Gore Mountain region is a four season playground, less than an hour's drive from Lake George. With both mountains and the Hudson River to explore, nature lovers will find plenty to do including hiking, skiing, tubing, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, scenic gondola rides and more.
Communities located in the region include:
The Town of Johnsburg
Johnsburg is the largest town in Warren County, made up of six hamlets (Bakers Mills, North River, Johnsburg, North Creek, Riparius, and Wevertown) and four settlements (Sodom, Christian Hill, The Glen, and Garnet Lake). We've provided further details on North Creek and North River below. Johnsburg is the place to go for whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, hiking through the woods, and bike riding along country roads - and that's just in the summer! The area's elevation typically provides winter skiers and snowmobilers with plenty of snow cover, even when the ground is bare just an hour or two south of the region.
An amazing skiing experience awaits you in the winter at Gore Mountain Ski Resort in North Creek! Gore has 109 trails and is considered to be one of the most family-friendly ski centers in the Northeast. Visiting in the summer? Find options for whitewater rafting or check out mountain biking options at local ski centers. There's also the Saratoga North Creek Railway, a scenic passenger service between North Creek and Saratoga Springs, and The North Creek Depot Museum, where you can explore the history of the area's railroads.
North River is the perfect place to go whitewater rafting, with several outfitters located in and near North River. In the winter, take advantage of cross-country skiing trails located throughout the area. North River is also home to one of the world's largest garnet deposits - garnet is a precious stone with a vibrant deep red color. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mine and collect some garnet!
Photo credit: Aurelia Straub
If you're a nature-lover, Minerva is the place to be. More than half the town has been labeled as state land, most of the town is covered with trees, and Minerva includes sections of the Hudson and Boreas Rivers in addition to Minerva Lake. Known in part for its locally produced maple syrup, you can find this local favorite at the area's many farmers markets as well as during Maple Day events and festivals in the spring. The area also offers plenty of camping opportunities right on the lake.
Here you can take a horseback ride among beautiful mountain views at Circle B Ranch, which offers group or private rides. In the summer, check out all the water activities at Loon Lake - boating, waterskiing, swiming, or fishing. The nearby Schroon River and Hudson River offer opportunities for whitewater rafting, kayaking, or fly fishing. Visiting in the winter? Chestertown is great for cross-country skiing - check out the Caroline Fish Memorial Trail at Dynamite Hill, or visit the Friends Lake Inn Snowshoe Center.
The beautiful Stony Creek is located near numerous hiking trails, the majority of which are in the Wilcox Lake Wild Forest, where you can also find many lakes and ponds. And, the trails aren't just for hiking - snowmobilers also have an opportunity to get out there and enjoy nature. Those interested in hunting can also benefit from a visit to Stony Creek, with deer and bear hunting available during the fall.
For more information on the Gore Mountain Region, visit the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce or Adirondack.net's Guide to North Creek and Gore Mountain NY.