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What to do in Newcomb

March 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Newcomb is "The Heart of the Adirondacks," and located in Essex County and is rich in history, natural beauty and is the source of the Hudson River. Although small in population, Newcomb offers big adventures for the whole family.

Visitors and residents can enjoy healthful outdoor activities every season of the year. Within the town, you may hike, mountain climb, golf, play tennis, basketball and softball, go boating, swim at the town beach on Lake Harris, fish, camp at state or privately owned campsites and ice skate, ski or snowmobile come winter. Visit Newcomb's website at or call (518) 582-2274 for more information and activities.


High Peaks Golf Course

Come play at our new and challenging 9-hole course. Offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, this par 33 municipal course has four sets of tees for every age group. The Clubhouse has a pro shop, snack bar and rental information. Call (518) 582-2300. The course entrance is located on Santanoni Drive.


Historic Great Camp Santanoni

This 12,500 acre complex is home to the Santanoni Lodge that was built in 1892 for Robert C. Pruyn and is now listed in the National Historic Register. "As one of the earliest examples of the Adirondack Great Camps, Camp Santanoni was regarded at the time of its completion as the grandest of all such Adirondack camps to date," states Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Visit the stone gatehouse, where interns who can provide additional information and guided tours during the summer season. The main lodge is a 4.7 mile walk from the parking lot.



Newcomb is the southern access to the High Peaks region and has the largest number of trailheads in the Adirondacks. Trails to Marcy, Algonquin and Colden peaks are accessible from the Upper Works trailhead as well as hikes to the Duck Hole and Santanoni Mountain. On your drive, please stop and marvel at the engineering beauty of the MacIntyre Blast Furnace (circa 1848) and the once thriving village of Adirondac. A restored Mount Adams Fire Tower offers a splendid view of the area. Located off Route 28N, Goodnow Mountain's 2-mile trail offers hikers another panoramic view of the surrounding area. The fire tower and cabin at its 2,685 foot summit offers a glimpse of what life was like as a fire observer. The whole family can enjoy the walk to Woodruff Pond which begins just behind the Newcomb Central School.


Town beach and boat launch

The town beach is 17 acres with 3,500 feet frontage on Lake Harris. Amenities include a sand beach with dock, lifeguards, a basketball court, children's playground, shaded areas, a changing house and rest rooms, a covered pavilion with tables and barbecues. A boat launch with ramp is located away from the beach. The entrance is located off Route 28N on Lake Harris Road.


Fishing and water sports

Fish for walleye, pike, bass and bullheads on Lake Harris, Rich Lake, Newcomb Lake or try your luck for rainbow trout in the Hudson River. Licenses are available at Town Hall. Paddle your canoe or kayak along the many beautiful waterways, or, for the more adventurous, ask about whitewater rafting down the Hudson.


Newcomb Overlook

The Overlook offers a panorarnic view of the High Peaks. Picnic tables make for a lovely afternoon as you study the monument and learn names of the area's mountains. Rest facilities are available. Travel down Santanoni Drive to the Hudson River Information Center and learn the important role that logging played in Newcomb's history.


Theodore Roosevelt monument

As you head east, stop at the marker commemorating Vice-President Teddy Roosevelt's legendary midnight dash from the Tahawus Club to the train at North Creek on Sept. 14, 1901. Roosevelt was vacationing in Newcomb when word reached him of the imminent death of President McKinley.


Historic society

Enjoy learning about the history of Newcomb in its newly opened Historical Building located on Route 28N near the Town Hall. Displays include artifacts from the National Lead titanium mines, a short film about the 1963 moving of the town of Tahawus to its present site in the Winebrook neighborhood and pictures of life long ago.



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