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Are you ready to hike, bike, paddle, and make the most of the warm weather in the Adirondacks? Come to Garnet Hill Lodge in North River and discover your next adventure. We are a year-round destination for outdoor recreation, and from spring through fall, both overnight guests and day users can enjoy a variety of fun activities right in our backyard.
The Adirondack Park is one of the most popular areas for hiking in the Northeast, and our lodge is the ideal home base for hikers of all skill levels. Not only do we offer rustic accommodations where you can relax and unwind in the wilderness, but you can step outside the door and begin exploring 600 acres of trails.
As many hikers know, the toughest part about hiking is waking up early and grabbing a parking spot at the trailhead. However, at Garnet Hill, our trail system begins right outside the Log House and Outdoor Center, including routes to the nearby Hooper Mine, William Blake Pond, and the Balm of Gilead Mountain; there are even trails that lead into the vast Siamese Ponds Wilderness.
In total, our property features approximately 55km of wide and relatively even hiking trails that will bring you through the woods, past historic remnants of the area’s past, up hills to amazing vistas, and deep into peaceful valleys that are full of local wildlife. The trails are ready to be explored by guests and day users, and full-day and half-day guided hikes are available too. We can accommodate groups of various sizes and help set up an itinerary, lead your group hike, and more.
Mountain biking is one of the best ways to stay active during the warmer months, and when you visit Garnet Hill, you’ll have access to a wide range of terrain around the lodge. We offer a mix of single-track mountain bike trails, cross country ski trails, old roads, and more.
Trail use is free from early May through the start of ski season (depending on the weather), and mountain bike rentals are available at our Outdoor Center. You can book your bike rental ahead of time using our online rental system, and overnight guests will receive a 20% discount on Hardtail Mountain Bike rentals. After you pick up your rental and helmet at the Outdoor Center, you can begin biking through the wooded trail system.
Although you can easily spend hours or even days hiking and mountain biking on our property, consider heading out on the water for a paddling trip during your stay at the lodge. The Adirondacks are known as a paddler’s paradise, and here in North River, Garnet Hill is located just a walk or drive away from the pristine Thirteenth Lake, a two-mile long body of water.
Some of the most beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and forests can be seen from the lake, and we offer lodging guests private access to a beach and boat launch on the shoreline. You can go for a swim in the water, relax in a comfortable Adirondack chair, or reserve one of our kayaks and canoes for use on Thirteenth Lake. These boats are available exclusively for our guests, but reservations are recommended during peak season.
Would you like to refresh, restart, and learn how to set new wellness goals while staying overnight in the Adirondacks? Make plans for our 3nd Annual Wellness Retreat, which will be held twice this year on Thursday, June 1 – Sunday, June 4, 2023, and Thursday, June 8 – Friday, June 11, 2023.
Each four-day retreat will feature healthy meals at our Log House Restaurant and activities such as meditation classes, educational sessions, yoga and fitness, guided hikes, mountain biking or trail running, and more. The cost to participate is $1,050 per person with double occupancy (sharing one room with your guest) or $1,380 single person occupancy (one person, one room). If you register by May 1st, you can save $100 on your registration. There will only be 18 guests per retreat, so interested participants should call our Front Desk today at 518-251-2444 for more info.
The sport of disc golf continues to grow in popularity as more courses pop up all around the world, and last spring, we opened our new 9-hole disc golf course. The course begins outside the Outdoor Center, travels toward the trails around the Log House, and then finishes back at the Outdoor Center.
Each hole includes multiple target positions to make the course fun for players of all skill levels and features natural obstacles and elevation changes to challenge experienced players. Access to the course is complimentary for all to enjoy, and disc sets are available for purchase or rental.
No matter your favorite season, there are always fun outdoor activities to check out at our property in the Adirondacks. Start planning ahead for your next getaway and book a room today. We have guest rooms with both lake and mountain views and two campus cottages, Tea House and The Birches, all of which feature the perfect mix of rustic charm and updated amenities.