Rivers, Rails, Treasures & Trails of Gore Mt. Region

by Emily A. Stanton
Gore Mountain

The Gore Mountain Region has activities to please both the adventure seekers and the leaf-peepers. People of all ages will love the awesome views and wide variety of recreation and relaxation opportunities that make the Gore Mountain Region the perfect pick as a four-season vacation destination! We have the thrills of lift service mountain biking on Gore Mountain’s exciting terrain and rafting the whitewater of the Hudson River Gorge. For enjoying a more peaceful afternoon, we also have the relaxing scenic rides on the Saratoga and North Creek Railway (formerly Upper Hudson River Railroad), and Gore’s new Northwoods Gondola.

The Gore Mountain Region is the home of the North Creek Railway Depot Museum. Visit where Theodore Roosevelt learned he was president after the death of William McKinley, take the train to Riparius (and enjoy some premium ice cream when you get there!), and explore the treasures of the museum!

Barton Mines in North River is the world’s largest garnet mine, and the Mineral Shop offers daily tours of the beautiful mine site. Visitors can learn about the history and geology of the area, as well as have the opportunity to treasure hunt for their own garnet! Barton garnet is the New York State stone and is nicknamed the “Adirondack Ruby.” Almost every color television screen has been polished with Barton garnet, and the mine supplies 95% of the world’s industrial garnet for use in sandpaper and other abrasives. For more information, call (518) 251-2706.

The Hudson River Gorge makes for the region’s premier rafting trip. Dam releases allow rafting to continue all summer on 16 miles of river, providing a full day of outdoor adventure. For information on the area’s outfitters, call the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce at (518) 251-2612.

Hiking in the Gore Mountain region is an unforgettable experience, with the area located in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness area, one of the most pristine parts of the Adirondack Forest Preserve. Hike the Schaefer Trail that links the historic Ski Bowl to Gore Mountain, soak up views of the High Peaks from Crane Mountain, or hike in from Old Farm Clearing on Thirteenth Lake in North River to access Peaked Mountain and the rest of the wilderness area. Call the Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce for additional hiking ideas.

Gore Mountain is open for lift service mountain biking, scenic gondola rides, and hiking. Rental bikes and mountain biking clinics are available. Enjoy a barbeque lunch on Gore’s deck that provides a perfect view of the action on the mountain, or pack a picnic to enjoy on the summit.

Gore Mountain’s Fall Foliage Festival & Sports Sale Extravaganza in offers the best views and deals around! While you are enjoying sights of colorful Adirondack vistas, you can also find the best bargains of the year on bikes, skis, snowboards, clothing; as well as live music, entertainment, food, beer, and plenty of kids’ activities promise fun for the whole family. For more information about Gore Mountain’s events and programs, call (518) 251-2411, or visit more online.

A stroll along North Creek’s quaint Main Street offers a unique collection of shops, restaurants, and overnight accommodations. Purchase handmade crafts, enjoy a four-star dinner or casual family dining, and pick up some Adirondack literature or outdoor gear for your next adventure. The Gore Mountain Region cannot wait to see you!

Gore Mountain, located in North Creek, NY, is operated by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). Established in 1981 under legislation enacted by the State of New York to operate, maintain and promote the 1980 Winter Olympic facilities in the Lake Placid region, host of the 1932 & 1980 Winter Olympic Games, ORDA added Gore Mountain to its roster in 1984.

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