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Kayak & Canoe Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Exploring a GHOST TOWN! Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, Newcomb, NY

Kayak & Canoe Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Exploring a GHOST TOWN! Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, Newcomb, NY

Henderson Lake located in the High Peaks Wilderness area of Adirondack Park in New York is surprisingly, delightfully wild, considering the fairly easy access!

Hidden in plain sight near a very popular Adirondack High Peaks hiking trail head, we have been alone on Henderson Lake more often than not. It is a definite family favorite hiking, paddling and camping spot we will make time for every year.

Boasting beautiful swimming coves (with BIG rocks to canonball from!) and a fun marsh maze to follow, Henderson Lake in the Adirondacks is a fun, engaging paddle for those with little ones.

On a calm day, the mountains, cliffs and dense vegetation surrounding Henderson Lake reflect so deeply in the glassy water, looking down at them gives you vertigo.

Then there are the VIEWS….WOW! Spectacular views of some of New York state’s tallest mountains, in every direction, from pretty much anywhere on the lake.

The lake is so amazing I nearly forgot to mention…just before parking, you can explore a ‘ghost town’! The remains of the Adirondack mining town of Tahawus can be seen as you near the Upper Works trail head parking lot. Tahawus is part of a very significant event in American Presidential history.

A few details, stats, and photos, then on to the VIDEO!

Henderson Lake, High Peaks Wilderness, Adirondacks, New York – About the Paddle: 

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Blog & VIDEO! Bald [Rondaxe] Mountain and Fire Tower: SUPER FUN Winter Tower Challenge Hike!

Blog & VIDEO! Bald [Rondaxe] Mountain and Fire Tower: SUPER FUN Winter Tower Challenge Hike!

MAD FUN HIKE! Bald [a.k.a. Rondaxe] Mountain and fire tower, located in the Fulton Chain Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. In only a mile, you will experience pretty much everything the Adirondacks can throw at you! The best part?!?! The crazy knife-edge ridges near the summit. Only without the two-thousand-foot drops like the mountaineering videos from…Continue Reading

Stillwater Mountain & Fire Tower, Independence River Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

Stillwater Mountain & Fire Tower, Independence River Wild Forest, Adirondacks, NY

WOW what an incredible payoff for a lovely, EASY walk in the woods! Stillwater Mountain and fire tower in the Independence River Wild Forest area of Adirondack Park in New York. I am serious…even if you hate mountain climbing, you’ll love this trail! This is a pleasant outing for all ages and abilities. The best part?!?! With sub-zero…Continue Reading

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

A Family-Friendly Getaway: Review of ADK’s Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground on Heart Lake

WHERE: The Adirondak Loj & Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake, Lake Placid, NY 1002 Adirondack Loj Road Lake Placid, NY 12946-0867 Google Maps Directions RESERVATIONS: 518-523-3441 Or Review Accommodation Choices and Book Online! I know I have posted here and there about this place, but it’s time for a full-on review and tour. Because we love…Continue Reading

Trail Tip Tuesday: Ten Tips For The First Family Backpacking Trip

Trail Tip Tuesday: Ten Tips For The First Family Backpacking Trip

“Can we do that again, Mom?” Extended wilderness stays can be challenging to plan for seasoned outdoor veterans. Taking the family along for the first time can be nerve wracking! Here are some tried-and-true tips for taking first-timers on a backpacking trip that made all the difference for us on Dora’s first trip.Continue Reading

Wednesday Weekend Warrior Post: Family Car Camping at Moreau Lake State Park!

Wednesday Weekend Warrior Post: Family Car Camping at Moreau Lake State Park!

WHERE: Moreau Lake State Park 605 Old Saratoga Rd. Gansevoort, NY 12831 FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://nysparks.com/parks/150/details.aspx In my backyard, unbeknownst to me, for a large portion of my life! Whether you are looking for a place to spend a day or the entire weekend, this lovely little New York State Park has it all: A small,…Continue Reading

“MUST-DO” MONDAY MISSION: Outplay, Outlast, Outshine and Out Your Inner Monkey at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing, NY!

“MUST-DO” MONDAY MISSION: Outplay, Outlast, Outshine and Out Your Inner Monkey at Adirondack Extreme in Bolton Landing, NY!

Complete your Monday Must-Do Mission and tell us all about it for chances to win awesome stuff on FAN APPRECIATION FRIDAY! 7/10/2015 FAN APPRECIATION FRIDAY Eligibility: Post a photo of your favorite Treetop Obstacle Course or similar facility (zipline…obstacle race on the ground…we love it all!) and a link to find out more about it. We will choose…Continue Reading

The Bog River Flow: Kayak Camping at Hitchins Pond, Bog River, Low’s Lake, Adirondacks, NY

The Bog River Flow: Kayak Camping at Hitchins Pond, Bog River, Low’s Lake, Adirondacks, NY

***UPDATE 4/7/17*** A video tour of the Bog River Flow is now posted on our YouTube channel! The video features footage from the hike to Low’s Ridge [a.k.a. Hitchens Pond Overlook], paddling almost the entire length of the Bog River Flow, and several campsites. I have added the video to the end of the post as…Continue Reading

A Quick Winter Camp in the Adirondacks for a Sunrise Summit!

A Quick Winter Camp in the Adirondacks for a Sunrise Summit!

Well, it finally happened….I was laid up with the dreaded winter cold! I am honestly surprised it took so long given the sickly sounds making the rounds where I work. Last weekend, I was finally feeling well enough again to get the itch for an adventure!Continue Reading

Lake Placid Family Valentine’s Weekend Part I: The Olympic Center Attractions and a Ride on the Bobsled Run!

Lake Placid Family Valentine’s Weekend Part I: The Olympic Center Attractions and a Ride on the Bobsled Run!

My favorite Christmas gift this year, maybe ever, was from Chris. He booked a Valentine weekend trip for me, him, and Dora in our favorite outdoor winter sports town, the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, NY. A month or so before the trip, we purchased the Olympic Passports for all of us, which gave us…Continue Reading

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