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Wilder Homestead near Malone

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Sackets Harbor became the center of American military activity for western NY during the War of 1812 and now has this beautiful historic site on Lake Ontario, at the terminus of the Olympic Byway

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High Peaks Wilderness Area

Olympic Byway, County Rt. 3, near Tupper Lake in Franklin County

This is the largest wilderness area and is located in six towns and three counties; a considerable variety of topography that is predominantly high mountain country.

The High Peaks Wilderness is the best known wilderness of the Adirondacks; it is the state's largest wilderness and receives the most visitation. While its topography varies considerably, the area is predominantly high mountain country, containing many of New York's highest peaks. The primary attraction is Mount Marcy, the state's highest peak at an elevation of 5,344 feet. Road access is possible from all sides of the wilderness area. It is possible to reach the western portion by canoe or kayak from Long Lake and the Cold River. Note: The High Peaks can receive extremely heavy use during weekends and holidays. Many NYS regulations exist, so prepare accordingly. Do not attempt any trips in the High Peaks without current USGS topographic maps and/or a good guidebook for the area.

Closest Community:

Tupper Lake

Nearby Communities:Saranac Lake
Closest Byway:Olympic Byway
Distance from Byway:remote
Closest Route #:County Rt. 3
Months Occurring:january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december
Best Season:spring, summer, fall and winter
Indoors or Outdoors:outdoor
Admission Fee:no


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