Quick trip to the ADK featuring... Lake Placid, Keene Valley & Wilmington!
Updated: Sep 11, 2020
Growing up, Lake George was the only place I would go and visit in the Andirondaks. It wasn't until last year that I decided to expand my surroundings and check out other areas.
This post will provide a guide to help you make the most of a quick getaway to the ADK.
Lodging : I've only ever stayed in the Wilmington area which is a great location if you are going to explore areas like Whiteface, Keene Valley & Lake Placid.
Distance From Wilmington Area
Whiteface - is in Wilmington
Keene Valley- is about 20 mins away
Lake Placid- is about 30-35 mins away
What is there do to?
Whiteface Mountain: The Whiteface Summit trail is about a 10 mile out and back hike. I personally haven't hiked this high peak, but plan to in the future. What I can advise on is taking the alternate option which is the Cloudsplitter Gondala. The Gondala ride is about 15 minutes long and will take you to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain.
Nothing little about this spectacular view!
High Falls Gorge: Features a trail that will take you along side the gorge where you can enjoy the cascading waters of AuSable river.
Tips & Expectations
Entry Cost is around $13 for Adults and $10 for Children
There is a giftshop, restroom & cafe in the main building
A portion of the gorge trail is Handicap Accessable
The main path is about a 10-15 min one way journey
In addition to the gorge trail you can find a 1 mile nature trail as well
My review: It's a great place to take the kids for the day or if you're looking for something more touristy in the ADK.
Old Mountain Coffee Co: I have to give a quick shoutout to my favorite coffee spot! You can find this amazing cafe right in Kenne Valley before you hop on the I-87. ** Not that anyone asked but my usual order is an Iced Mocha Latte made with Oat Milk and a Bacon Breakfast Sandwhich on a crissont .... I score it a 100 out of 10!
Speaking of food & drinks ... If you are looking for some good craft beer and food, then go check out Big Slide Brewery. On average they offer around 10 beers on tap and a variety of food items, including Vegan & Gluten free options.
A trip to Lake Placid wouldn't be complete without stopping here!
Split Rock Falls: Awesome location to spend a hot day soaking up the sun and chilling in the water. Parking is alongside the road and the falls are just a short walk through the woods.
There are 3 layers to this location:
1) The top section includes 2 big waterfalls that provide the perfect spot to cliff jump.
2) The middle section is the runoff and creates a cool section to hang out before getting to the lower falls.
3) The lower section ... as I call it the Chill Zone! Great spot to wade in the water and take photo opps.
Sorry, Not Sorry for the picture vomit!
Shoutout to @boydwilson & @danycaliforniaa for the awesome photos!
Andirondak Wildlife Refuge: Have you ever seen a wolf in person? Well this refuge gives you the oppurtunity not only to see wolves but other wildlife animals up close.
Location & Entry: The refuge is located off of Springfield Rd. Once you park, enter the building off to the right. This is where you can give your donation and one of the volunterrs with give you the ok to enter. After, you are free to walk around and check out the animals.
Wolves: Located right upfront. This is also the place to gather for their daily "Wolf Talks"
Bears: Located near the wolves but off to the right. You will need to climb a set of stairs in order to see them playing around.
Exotic Birds: Take the path all the way to the back until you reach the green "shelters"
Honorable mention: Lake Placid is a great location to partake in a Halloween bar crawl!
Thank you for reading my post :) If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.