Why Everyone Should Check Out North Creek This Summer
Nestled at the base of Gore Mountain along the Hudson River is the hamlet of North Creek. Less than an hour from Lake George, this town typically comes to mind as a winter wonderland but is filled with year-round activities and attractions. North Creek is a playground for summer fun for everyone from families to outdoor adventurers. The current lineup of summer attractions is getting ready to grow thanks to New York State's $20 million award to Gore Mountain for improvements and additions that will attract visitors to North Creek year-round. Come check out this Adirondack hot spot and see why North Creek is a summer destination for everyone:
For Thrill Seekers
Grab your bike and hit the trails! North Creek is filled with mountain biking trails for all levels. Get your adrenaline pumping with a run down the slopes of Gore Mountain on their single tracks and open ski trails. The mountain also has a skills park for perfecting those bunny hops. Not quite ready for the mountain? Head over to the historic North Creek Ski Bowl for more than 20km of trails at varying difficulty levels. Road cyclists can get in on the fun too with local cycling routes including the North Creek-Thurman Ride.
Sitting on the banks of the Hudson River Gorge, North Creek is home to fantastic whitewater rafting. In the summer months, most rapids on the Hudson River are class III making it a great time of year for a challenging, but fun trip. The area has plenty of rafting companies to choose from including Adirondack River Outfitters and Beaver Brook Outfitters.
Did you know Gore Mountain is home to the hardest and largest garnets in the world? For more than 100 years, Barton Mine was operated right on Gore Mountain. In the 1980s, the mine moved just up the road to Ruby Mountain where you can take a tour of the mine and hunt for your own garnets along the way. Open Mon-Sat 9:30am - 5:00pm and Sun 11:00am - 5:00pm. Admission is free for children 6 & under, $9.95 for ages 7-14, $13.95 for ages 14+ and $12.95 for seniors over 60. Gemstones and rocks collected on the tour are $1/lb.
Explore the restored 1871 North Creek Depot which was once the northern terminus for the Adirondack Railway and currently serves as a stop on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway. Learn about the impact the railway had on the town's development and the role it played in American history. Open Friday-Tuesday 12:15pm - 4pm through October 9th, 2017. Admission is free.
North Creek's trails are friendly to all levels of hikers. Take a half day hike out to the North Creek Reservoir on Schaefer Trail or enjoy the cross country trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl. Want a more leisurely stroll? Consider hiking an eco-loop at Gore Mountain, designed to take around 30 minutes.
If you're looking for stunning views of the High Peaks region and the Southern Adirondacks, you can't miss a gondola ride at Gore Mountain. The gondolas provide access to Gore's hiking trails, mountain biking, and more. Enjoy a relaxing ride just for the views or pack a picnic and make it a day-long event. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 4pm starting on July 29th. Tickets are $20 for Teens & Adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12 and seniors 70+, free for children 6 & under.