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March is one of the sweetest times of year in Lake George and the Adirondacks. Why? Maple season! New York State is the second only to Vermont when it comes to maple production in this country, and we celebrate that fact all month long with fun events and sweet treats.

maple jars in a row
Photo credit: Alan Nudi

2023 Events Around the Lake George Area

Maple Weekends

Maple Weekends take place each year across New York State, including in the Lake George region, and this year they're scheduled for March 18 & 19 and 25 & 26. All Maple Weekend days are 10am to 4pm, although specific hours and events will vary from participant to participant.

Here are the farms participating in Maple Weekend this year in the Lake George region:

  • Battlehill Maple in Fort Ann
  • Dry Brook Sugar House in Salem
  • Mapleland Farms in Salem
  • McComb's Oak Hill Farm in Speculator
  • Rathbun's Maple Sugar House in Whitehall
  • Toad Hill Maple Farm in Athol
  • Wild Hill Maple in Salem

View the full map of participants throughout the state:

Thurman Maple Days & More Maple Events

hay wagon ride with tractor at maple farm

In addition, Thurman Maple Days is scheduled for three weekends, March 11 & 12, 18 & 19, and 25 & 26. Similar to Maple Weekends, these events take place in the Thurman/Athol/Warrensburg area. And, you might be able to find a maple festival or two!

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About Maple Sugaring in the Southern Adirondacks

maple products on display

Here in Lake George and the North Country, there are many local maple farms that produce the sweet syrup you know and love. The sap to syrup process is known as maple sugaring, and it typically takes place from March through early April, depending on the weather.

Over the years, the tradition has evolved and now involves the use of vacuum pumps and tubing to tap sugar maple trees. These trees are tapped when they are at least 30 years old, often closer to 40, and can support three taps at a time. The tap allows sap to flow into a collection area, such as an evaporator house or buckets. Once enough sap is collected, it is heated/boiled, and then the resulting syrup is filtered.

This traditional maple sugaring process is conducted throughout the Lake George Region each year. There are maple farms in Warrensburg and Thurman, a wide array within nearby Washington County, and even more in and around the Adirondack Park. Many of these places offer tours and maple products that are available for purchase.

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