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The Wildest Whitewater Rafting in New York: Hudson River

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While the Adirondack Mountains remain smothered in fresh powder, spring’s long-awaited arrival is just around the corner. Not only do adventurers shed layers of clothing during spring’s thaw, but they also trade skis and snowshoes for boots, paddles, and fishing rods. Thanks to Garnet Hill Lodge’s state-of-the-art Outdoor Center, an adventure-based vacation into the heart of the Adirondacks has never been more attainable. And, to ensure that each and every guest returns home with a treasure trove of thrilling stories, we also partner with several off-site outfitters, such as our good friends at Adirondack Adventures. This local company offers everything from Hudson River rafting to whitewater kayaking. In fact, the guys and gals at Adirondack Adventures provide the wildest whitewater rafting in New York.

Discover the Adirondacks

As mentioned above, the Adirondack Mountains foster exploration of all kinds at varying levels of difficulty. Garnet Hill Lodge itself is home to a seemingly endless network of trails that foster backcountry hiking, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, and fat biking. Many of these peaceful, well-maintained trails also lead to pristine fishing honey holes, picnic destinations, and hours of potential forest bathing. For those that have never visited our picturesque hillside haven, this peaceful land is revered for its idyllic temperatures, curious wildlife, heart-stopping views, and, yes, that fresh Adirondack air. The pulse-pounding Hudson River rafting, meanwhile, is bound to be one of the highlights of your well-deserved wilderness adventure to North River, NY.

The Wildest Whitewater Rafting in New York

Only a handful of rivers can facilitate whitewater rafting in New York. And, luckily for you and your group, the nearby Hudson River is the best of the bunch. One of our various add-ons here at Garnet Hill Lodge is the two-person Adirondack rafting adventure, which starts at $160 per couple. Again, we partner with Adirondack Adventures, located right here in North River, NY. If you’re eagerly looking for the wildest whitewater rafting in New York, start your search with Hudson’s spring rapids. There’s nothing quite like hearing the thunderous sounds of rushing rapids accompanied by intermittent shrieks of glee. Not surprisingly, the rapids during summer and autumn aren’t nearly as demanding, so families often skip the spring surge. Thanks to several scheduled Lake Abanakee Dam water releases, however, this 17-mile gorge run (the longest in New York) is never short on thrills.

Quintessential Upstate New York Lodges

After a full day of hiking, fishing, and whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks, retreat to Garnet Hill Lodge for gourmet cuisine, a bottle of wine by the stone fireplace, and a heartwarming sunset on our spacious lawn. Don’t forget to routinely take a peek at our promotions to save bundles on lodging, adventure, and romance! The lodge also hosts a variety of tours, races, tastings, and musical performances throughout the year—simply check our events page for more information. To book a long-awaited springtime escape to Garnet Hill Lodge, please give us a call today at 518-251-2444 (or check availability online).

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