Ski or Snowshoe During Great Camp Santanoni Winter Weekends

A 10-mile ski or snowshoe to Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb
If you missed the second of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  Winter Weekend events to be held at Camp Santanoni, Newcomb, NY in Essex County, don't worry. The last scheduled event is March 18-19.  

Cross-country skiers and snowshoers will have access to the remaining historical camp properties and interpretative displays through tours with Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) volunteers. Don't forget the Great Camp Santanoni is always open to the public, these Winter Weekends provide public access to the remaining historic buildings on the property. 

The relatively flat (old road) access to Great Camp
Santanoni is perfect for all skiing abilities
The 10-mile  round trip cross-country ski or snowshoe winter adventure starts  from Camp Santanoni's Gate House reaching  the old farm buildings in one (1) mile and 0.5-mile spur trail leading to the nearby 3.6-mile Adirondack Interpretive Center's trail system. The easy trail continues along the old road leading to the Main Lodge at Great Camp Santanoni and is perfect for the novice skier and challenging enough to provide a great workout for a more experienced person. 

The 10-mile leads to the isolated main lodge complex and the Artist's Studio along the shores of Newcomb Lake. During Winter Weekends, bring your own cup to enjoy free coffee, tea or hot chocolate and be prepared to carry out whatever you carry in.  The Adirondack Interpretive Center will provide snowshoes at the Gate Lodge for any visitors without their own. 
Winter Weekends are a special opportunity for people to have access to the Great Camp buildings that are not typically left open year-round. The property is by New York State and is free to access 365 days a year, but the buildings are currently only open during these special showings. 
The construction of Camp Santanoni began in 1892 by Robert and Anna Pruyn and eventually consisted of more than four dozen
AARCH Executive Director Steven Engelhart
shares historical information about
Great Camp Santanoni
buildings on 12,900 acres including a working farm, the Gate Lodge complex, and a huge rustic Main Lodge and other buildings situated on Newcomb Lake. Camp Santanoni was in private ownership until 1972. Over the last several decades of state ownership, the camp has gradually been restored through a partnership between DEC, AARCH and the town of Newcomb. Santanoni is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. Camp Santanoni is considered by many to be the classic Adirondack Great Camp.
These events are free and reservations are not required. Contact AARCH at 518-834-9328 for more information on the winter weekends. 

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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