Open Space Institute, North Hudson, New York
New York State and the Open Space Institute, in collaboration with five neighboring Adirondack towns, enlisted Saratoga Associates to create a new recreation hub in the Town of North Hudson. Located at the site of the former Frontier Town, the proposed “Gateway to the Adirondacks” will improve local amenities, expand access, and draw increased visitors to this part of the Adirondack Park. The 300-acre site sits just off the Northway, adjacent to state-owned lands, and includes almost a mile and a half of the Schroon River.
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.