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

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Clinton County

Olympic Byway

Ellenburg, Keeseville, Plattsburgh,and Rouses Point and are in scenic Clinton County, bordering on Lake Champlain and Quebec.

Clinton County's eastern boundary, often designated the “Adirondack Coast” along beautiful Lake Champlain, and its many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams and tributaries, offers an incredible array of water activities including boating, sailing, paddling, windsurfing, scuba diving, and swimming. Spend time at and many waterside parks, campsites, marinas and beaches.

Lake Champlain has also long been of historical interest as it was important in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Not to be forgotten is AuSable Chasm, an education on Adirondack natural history and a recreation spot all in one with its natural stone walkways, nature trails and scenic rafting tours through a maze of rock formations.

The 170-mile Olympic Scenic Byway starts near Lake Champlain at the village of Keeseville in the east, and near Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor in the west. Between those two great water bodies, the route travels into the Adirondack Mountains and through the heart of the Adirondack Park.

As you travel along the byway, you'll see ever-changing vistas of rolling farmland, hills and mountains, and pristine waterways. Whether you're an armchair sports fan, or have dreams of Olympic-style challenges, you'll find opportunities in every season.

In Lake Placid, Saranac Lake Tupper Lake, and Watertown, you'll find a variety of restaurants and accommodations that include national chains, rustic lodges, and luxury resorts. In the hamlets and villages along the byway between these larger communities, learn about the determination of early settlers to succeed in this often-challenging environment. Get to know Adirondack artisans who proudly offer quality goods inspired by the historic traditions and great natural beauty of this region.

Take time to enjoy local events and meet the women and men who live, work, and take great pride in calling the distinctive Olympic Scenic Byway communities home.




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