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Plan your next trip by rail and experience the excitement of the Gore Mountain Region and the neighboring cites of Fort Edward-Glens Falls, Port Henry, Westport, Port Kent and Rouses Point in New York.

 

North Creek, NY is a four-season Adirondack destination, now entirely accessible by rail! From the Saratoga Springs Amtrak station, guests may board the Saratoga-North Creek Railway for scenic transportation to this unique village. Travelers by car enjoy convenient access to North Creek as well; it is located just 25 minutes from I-87.
 
North Creek is a perfect jumping off spot to explore the Adirondacks' 6.1 million acres of protected mountains, streams, lakes, and forever wild forest. A growing number of restaurants, shops, and lodging establishments welcome visitors daily.
 
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Attractions

Year round, visitors enjoy strolling North creek's Main Street and exploring quaint shops and restaurants. One end of town is anchored by the historic train station where Teddy Roosevelt learned, upon the sudden death of President McKinley, that he would be taking the oath of office. The other end is anchored by a new community and performing arts center, Tannery Pond, which offers theater, concerts and gallery displays thought the year.
 
Winter
The town is the proud home of Gore Mountain, a skier's dream with the most terrain in New York State and the sixth greatest vertical drop in the East. The resort boasts a high-speed gondola, extensive cruisers, steeps, glades, terrain parks, lift-serviced tubing, and a welcoming family-oriented atmosphere. SKI Magazine voted Gore one of the "Best Ski Resorts in the East" for 2014. Ski and stay packages, as well as snow train excursions, are available.
 
A Snow Train brings visitors to North Creek from the Saratoga Springs Amtrak Station Friday through Sunday, while a specially equipped bus whisks skiers from the train straight to Gore's Hudson River ski lift.
 
Several nordic centers are nearby, the largest of which is Garnet Hill Lodge, offering a complete resort experience and 55 kilometers of groomed terrain. Snowshoeing and backcountry opportunities are plentiful throughout the region as well.
 

Spring
The spring thaw gives visitors a chance to see North Creek area Sugar Houses producing real maple syrup. It also brings migrating birds back to the forests around North Creek and birdwatchers flock to the area, along with adventure seekers bound for the white water rafting an kayaking on the Hudson River and other large streams and rivers in the region.

Other highlights of the North Creek area include garnet mine tours, scenic gondola rides, hiking, mountain biking, flower gardens, and the all-new Barkeater Chocolates factory. The Tannery Pond Community Center & Widlund Gallery maintains an active schedule of musicals, plays, workshops, and much more.

Summer
Summer brings campers, hikers, boaters and other vacationers together who find the North Creek to be a quintessential Adirondack town. North Creek is a major center of whitewater rafting and kayaking. Several rafting outfitters are based in and around the Gore Mountain Region, offering 17-mile wilderness excursions through the beautiful Hudson River Gorge. The trip offers Class II, III, and some IV rapids, with trips available April-October.

The Saratoga and North Creek Railroad runs daily service all summer. Most local resorts, B&B's and hotels offer transportation to and from the North Creek Depot. Summer is also the time for North Creek's lively Thursday Farmers Market, Art Walk and Cruise Night.

Fall
Rafting continues throughout the fall when North Creek becomes a foliage destination. Visitors can take the Gore Mountain gondola to view the fall splendor from the top of Bear  Mountain.

Path Through History

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Arts & Culture

The Hyde Collection Art Museum 
5.4 miles, 12 min. drive from Fort Edward-Glenn Falls Amtrak
Glens Falls' Hyde Collection Art Museum celebrated its first 100 years as a public museum in 2012. This historic Italianate Renaissance villa and art museum complex combines Adriondack heritage with a distinguished permanent collection of old and modern European masters, American artists, decorative arts and antique furnishings. Hydecollection.org

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Colonial

Fort William Henry
20.1 miles, 25 min. drive from Fort Edward-Glenn Falls Amtrak
Fort William Henry was built by the British at the southern end of Lake George in 1755 during the French and Indian War. The fort's brief history and violent end, when French troops destroyed it two years later, inspired James Fenimore Cooper's book The Last Mohican. A reconstruction of the fort serves as a living museum. Fwhmuseum.com
 

The North Creek Depot Museum
46.1 miles, 54 min. drive from Fort Edward-Glenn Falls Amtrak
The North Creek Depot Museum in North Creek was where, in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt first learned of President McKinley's death and his own succesion to the presidency. The restored 1872 depot displays a scale model diorama of the North Creek and Adriondack railroad, exhibits and artifacts relating to Teddy's "Midnight Ride to the Presidency" and provides an overview of the history and culture of the Gore Mountain region. Northcreekdepotmuseum.com
 

Resources

For more information visit Gorechamber.com
Information about rail travel to and from North Creek can be found at SNCRR.com