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Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways
“Spectacular scenery unlike any
other in the Northeast.”

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Mountain biking opportunities exist along each of the Scenic Byways, from scenic back roads to trails through the woods

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Olympic Byway, County Rt. 3, in Jefferson County

The historic City of Watertown, on the Black River near Lake Ontario, is close to the western end of the Olympic Scenic Byway.

Watertown has a long history as an industrial town. Today it's a burgeoning urban center where you'll find the modern conveniences of national chain stores, restaurants, and hotels, as well as the flair and friendly atmosphere of local shopping and dining.

Watertown can also be your front step to the great outdoors. From downtown Watertown you can have the thrill of guided whitewater rafting trips on the paddlers' favorite Black River. From easily accessible trails you can bike, hike, or fish along the Black’s shoreline.

Today Watertown has lots of attractions and events for travelers. Be sure to visit beautiful Thompson Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the famous landscape architect who also designed Central Park in New York City. The park, which overlooks downtown, the Black River and eastern Lake Ontario, is home to the New York State Zoo, the world’s only zoo specializing in the animals of New York State. In winter the park's rolling hills and peaceful trails are great for sledding, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

The 170-mile Olympic Scenic Byway route starts near Lake Champlain at the village of Keeseville in the east, moves through the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and ends near Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor in the west. As you travel this byway, you’ll experience some of New York State’s most historic and scenic waterways. In the towns, villages, and hamlets along the way, learn about the determination of early settlers to make the most of the natural resources in this often-challenging environment.

Whether you're an armchair sports fan, or have dreams of Olympic-style challenges, you'll find a wide variety of recreation opportunities in every season. Take time to enjoy local events and get to know the women and men who live, work, and proudly call the distinctive Olympic Scenic Byway communities home.

Scenic Byway Attractions in this Community

Available Services

Auto Service

  • Air pump
  • Gas Available 24 hrs.
  • Gas Station
  • Mechanic on duty
  • Towing


  • Cafe, etc. w/Internet service
  • Cell Phone service
  • Library w/Internet service
  • Lodging w/Internet service
  • Pay telephone


  • Adirondack Cuisine
  • Barbeque (BBQ) Restaurant/Stand
  • Deli/Sandwich Shop
  • Diner
  • Donut Shop
  • Fast Food
  • Gourmet Coffee Spot
  • Hot Dog Stand
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Pizza
  • Restaurant


  • Convenience Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Health Food Store

Local Foods

  • Bakery
  • Farmers Market


  • B&B
  • Campground
  • Cottages/Cabins
  • Hotel
  • Motel
  • RV Camping

Medical Services

  • Clinic
  • Drug Store
  • Hospital

Other Visitor Services

  • ATM
  • Bank
  • Historical Society
  • Library
  • Package Pickup (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • Post Office
  • Public Restrooms

Places of Worship

  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Catholic
  • Christian Science
  • Episcopal
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Mormon
  • Presbyterian
  • Quaker
  • Seventh Day Adventist
  • Synagogue

Recreation Sales/Rental/Service

  • Bicycling
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing/Hunting
  • Flying
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Motorboating
  • Rafting


  • Antiques
  • Art Galleries
  • Books
  • Boutiques
  • Clothing
  • Gifts
  • Local Crafts
  • Outlets
  • Sporting Goods


  • Bus Stop for Commercial Service
  • Rental Car Outlet
  • Taxi

Visitor Info

  • Staffed Visitor Information Center or Office

Lodging, Dining & OTHER Information

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