Any longtime Upstate New Yorker can appreciate our excitement about this new project! Saratoga Associates was recently enlisted to provide design services for the “Gateway to the Adirondacks” at the site of the former Frontier Town in North Hudson. The recreational hub is the vision of New York State and the Open Space Institute, in collaboration with five neighboring Adirondack towns. The Gateway seeks to improve local amenities, expand access and draw increased visitors to this part of the Adirondack Park. The 300-acre site sits just off of Exit 29 of the Northway, adjacent to state-owned lands, and includes almost a mile and a half of the Schroon River.
“The Master Plan, developed with key community partners, builds on our comprehensive efforts to protect the Adirondack Park while attracting tourists to experience the wide array of outstanding recreation options this region has to offer.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo
The master plan includes a DEC campground with a mix of cabin, yurt, tent, and RV/trailer sites; a day use area along the river; equestrian camping areas and dedicated trails; an information center to introduce visitors to the world-class recreation opportunities in the Adirondack Park; an event center with tourist accommodations; and the expansion of locally-based Paradox Brewery. Past, present, and future Adirondack forest products and local food industries are to be exhibited throughout interactive exhibits in historic structures.
The Gateway will have easy access to thousands of miles of public recreation trails for biking, hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. The connection of trails seeks to unite communities throughout the Park and link to the proposed Empire State Trail, creating the largest state multi-use trail in the nation. The trail connections between North Hudson and Schroon Lake will come together to create the largest state multi-use trail in the nation.