Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain & Mohawk Valley Regions

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Hike, paddle, bike, or cross-country ski along beautiful trails through sites made famous by Adirondack guides, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, colonial settlers, and combatants in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Visit abandoned iron mines and the ruins of tanneries, famous Adirondack great camps and old resorts, lost villages, Native American battlegrounds, and the homestead of John Brown, catalyst for the Civil War. Visit the scene of America's first naval battle and marvel at geological wonders ...

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Overview

Hike, paddle, bike, or cross-country ski along beautiful trails through sites made famous by Adirondack guides, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, colonial settlers, and combatants in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Visit abandoned iron mines and the ruins of tanneries, famous Adirondack great camps and old resorts, lost villages, Native American battlegrounds, and the homestead of John Brown, catalyst for the Civil War. Visit the scene of America's first naval battle and marvel at geological wonders like Indian Pass, Canajoharie Gorge, Chimney Mountain, and the tufa caves of Van Hornesville. Detailed directions, maps, photographs, and vintage postcards.

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Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney's Adirondack Trails With Tales proves that hiking trails possess far more than natural beauty. With the authors along as trail guides, hikers, bikers, boaters, and skiers can add an extra dimension of history to the scenery along the way. Their stories show that the Adirondacks have witnessed the achievements and tragedies of explorers, settlers, entrepreneurs, abolitionists, writers, artists, scientists, and warriors.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883789640
  • Publisher: Black Dome Press, Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 379,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Russell Dunn and Barbara Delaney, both New York State-licensed guides, are the authors of Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Capital Region, Saratoga, Berkshires, Catskills & Hudson Valley (Black Dome Press, 2006). Dunn is also the author of an ongoing series of guidebooks to the waterfalls of eastern New York State and western New England, including Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York's Cool Cascades (Black Dome Press, 2003), Catskill Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Catskills & Shawangunks (Black Dome Press, 2004), Hudson Valley Waterfall Guide: From Saratoga and the Capital Region to the Highlands and Palisades (Black Dome Press, 2005), Mohawk Region Waterfall Guide: From the Capital District to Cooperstown & Syracuse (Black Dome Press, 2007), and Berkshire Region Waterfall Guide: Cool Cascades of the Berkshire & Taconic Mountains (Black Dome Press, 2008). He is also the author of Adventures around the Great Sacandaga Lake (Nicholas K. Burns Publishing, 2002), and a soon-to-be-published guidebook on kayaking the waterways of the Capital District Region.
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Table of Contents

Map ix

Foreword Joe Martens xii

Preface: Evolution of a Hiking Guidebook xiv

Mileage xvi

Degree of Difficulty xvi

Caution and Safety Tips xvii

Acknowledgments xx

List of Hikes by Theme xxi

List of Hikes According to Level of Difficulty xxiv

Part I Champlain Valley Region 1

1 Valcour Island (Lake Champlain) 5

2 Coon Mountain (Westport) 22

3 Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty's Fort of Crown Point (Crown Point) 32

4 Fort Ticonderoga (Ticonderoga) 42

5 Ironville & Penfield Homestead (Ironville) 58

6 Rock Pond (Chilson) 64

Part II Lake George/Eastern Adirondacks Region 71

7 Rogers Rock (Hague) 73

8 Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls (Shelving Rock) 79

9 Prospect Mountain (Lake George) 88

10 Fort George and Bloody Pond (Lake George) 97

11 Cooper's Cave & Betar Byway (South Glen Falls) 104

Part III High Peaks Region 119

12 John Brown's Farm (North Elba) 121

13 Mt. Jo & Mt. Van Hoevenberg (Heart Lake) 132

14 Adirondac & Indian Pass (Adirondac) 141

15 East Branch of the Ausable River & Adirondack Mountain Reserve (St. Huberts) 156

Part IV Great Camps 167

16 Santanoni (Newcomb) 168

17 The Sagamore (Raquette Lake) 175

Part V Route 30 Region 185

18 Paul Smiths (Paul Smiths) 186

19 Hooper Garnet Mine (Thirteenth Lake) 193

20 Chimney Mountain (Indian Lake) 197

21 Kunjamuk Cave (Speculator) 206

22 Griffin, Griffin Falls, & Auger Falls (Griffin) 211

Part VI Foothills of the Adirondacks: Mohawk Valley Region 217

23 Moss Island (Little Falls) 219

24 Tufa Caves & Waterfalls of Van Hornesville (Van Hornesville) 232

25 Canajoharie Gorge (Canajoharie) 237

26 Wolf Hollow (Hoffmans) 246

Postscript252

Adirondack Museums, Historical Sites, Interpretive Centers, and Other Historical Resources 253

Endnotes 257

Bibliography 280

Index 289

About the Authors 296

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