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The Adirondack Mountains have never been more enticing than now, particularly as millions of New Yorkers rediscover their love of outdoor recreation. As summer gets well underway, the team here at Garnet Hill Lodge continues to plan for a wave of nature enthusiasts who have their sights set on the Adirondacks’ sprawling backland. Paddling on serene Thirteenth Lake, regardless of watercraft genus, ranks among the most popular backcountry pursuits fostered at our on-site Outdoor Center. Classic Adirondack canoe trips are as natural as the landscape itself. Whether you’re looking for a place to embrace Upstate New York’s stellar beauty or enjoy a guided excursion deep into the wilderness, let Garnet Hill be your mid-summer hub for remote adventure.
First and foremost, the Outdoor Center boasts 14 total canoes (and kayaks), complete with paddles and life jackets. Guests are more than welcome to tug along their own state-of-the-art watercraft and equipment. For so many experienced adventurers, Adirondack canoe trips typically segue to another recreational pursuit, such as hiking en route to a mountain’s peak, fishing from the shoreline, geocaching in the backcountry, or birding in the dense forestry. That’s the beauty of a self-guided exploratory journey—the possibilities are infinite. Garnet Hill’s on-site put-in location is just a short jaunt from the main lodge. Thirteenth Lake, a true hidden gem, is encircled by rolling hills, highlighted by towering balsam firs, eastern hemlocks, and red spruces. The brook-fed lake itself spans nearly 330 acres, so there’s ample acreage for hours of mid-day exploration. During spring’s thaw, many Adirondack canoe trips meander up the Thirteenth Lake Brook, which eventually spills into the Hudson River.
But, of course, novice (or curious) paddlers often join one of the many available Adirondack canoe trips offered by our good pals at Adirondack Mountain & Stream Guide Service. This licensed troupe of guides utilizes dozens of unspoiled rivers, lakes, ponds, and creeks near the hamlet of North River, NY. To avoid crowds, Stream Guide Service doesn’t disclose its destinations. However, each of these wilderness canoe trips is fully customizable. So, if you have a place in mind, please don’t hesitate to contact their team. At just $260 for two people, it’s money well spent!
Garnet Hill Lodge, one of the top-reviewed Upstate New York “resorts,” is equally romantic, historical, and venturesome. Over the coming months, we anticipate an influx of couples and small groups in need of an extended, dauntless getaway from the New York metropolitan area. We’re more than ready to provide each guest with the highest quality of excellence in terms of hospitality, cleanliness, sophistication, and, of course, outdoor recreation. Don’t forget to stay up to date with our dining experience and COVID-19-related policies.