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Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways
“Spectacular scenery unlike any
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Wilder Homestead near Malone

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Also along the Scenic Byway are fabulous paddling opportunities, such as on the Hudson River near Thurman and Warrensburg (by Sally Feihel)

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Town of Tupper Lake

Adirondack Trail and Olympic Byway, in Franklin County

The Village of Tupper Lake is in the Town of Tupper Lake, formerly named the Town of Altamont.

The Town of Tupper Lake with its gentle rolling landscape, lakes, ponds, rivers and streams is the headquarters for the 10 Rivers region. From within a 30-mile distance in all directions one can explore the 10 major rivers that flow within the Adirondack Park. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Raquette River Corridor provide opportunity to experience the historic travel routes used by many of the early settlers. Visitors settled the forested lands in this area in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s as surveyors, trappers, lumberjacks and anglers. Most arrived via waterway “highways” long before the area was explored and mapped. The first settler came and stayed in the area around 1840. Logging began almost immediately as lumbermen used the Raquette River to channel logs and run them to mills located throughout the Adirondacks. The railroad opened up this wilderness and played an important part in the economic growth of the community. The Village of Tupper Lake, long known as the “crossroads of the Adirondacks” is located at the junction of Route 3 on the Olympic Scenic Byway and Route 30 on the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway. Tupper Lake is home to the Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, also called the WILD Center. The state-of-the-art museum includes a surround-sound movie theater, 20-foot high mountain waterfall and live otter exhibit, giant aquariums, and live exhibits infused with media shows that explain the wonders of the natural world. Outdoor exhibits, tree canopy observation tower, a waterfront café, and museum gift shop are also located on site. Annual outdoor events such as the Tinman Triathlon, a qualifying event for the National Iron Man Competition, and the annual Woodsmen’s Field Days, draw visitors to the Tupper Lake area where they may opt to watch or join in the friendly competitions.


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