Four seasons of activities in the Adirondack region.

Activities

Things To Do Outdoors

HIKING:

There over two miles of hiking trails right here on our Adirondack cabin rental property for you to enjoy, and lots of good hiking trails in St. Lawrence County. Some of the best are: 

Stone Valley http://northcountrynow.com/hiking

Lampson Falls http://northcountrynow.com/hiking

Red Sandstone Trail in Potsdam http://northcountrynow.com/hiking

Southville State Forest – River Hill Trail http://northcountrynow.com/hiking

Robert Moses State Park Natural Trails info: 705-5022 or http://www.massenanaturecenter.org 

Indian Creek Nature Center 

http://www.indiancreeknaturecenter.us/


Just outside St. Lawrence County: 

The Pinnacle http://northcountrynow.com/hiking 

Azure Mountain http://northcountrynow.com/hiking 


     

CANOEING & KAYAKING: 

At one time the small rivers of the North Country were the focus of commerce. Today, the rivers are quiet; the surviving mills are no longer the center of activity. Few if any other areas can offer so many rivers with such easy and numerous access points. There are more than 200 rivers, ponds and lakes in St. Lawrence County and also part of the Adirondack Park, which boasts more than 3,000. 


As the rivers finish their rush out of the mountains they begin but never fully settle down. Waterfalls and low water rapids are numerous along all the rivers and dams often block the way. Motorboats play in the longer sections of river but most rivers see light if any traffic. 


You hardly need a guide to canoe or kayak in the area. Every stretch of river is worth exploring and usually has easy access. 


Closest to home: You need to take only a few steps from the cabin door to access a nice 1 mile kayaking experience on the St. Regis River. Head down stream until you see the bridge. Don’t go past the bridge unless you want to  run some class III rapids! 


Some other favorite options: 

Lower Oswegatchie River 

Starting near Gouverneur and flowing 65 miles to Ogdensburg, this section  of the Oswegatchie is a gentle section. The river is wide and slow-moving here as it passes through rolling hills, rock ledges, marshes, and pasture land. There are scenic cliffs along the shore near Oxbow. There are carries at the dams and most of the rapids can be portaged or run by experience paddlers. There are various access points along the route to create varying trip lengths. 

Grasse River: Canton to Madrid 

Canoeing from the boat launch on Route 68 just outside the village of Canton to the dam in Madrid. This is a full-day trip of about 12 miles. 

South Branch Grasse River 

16 miles, 5 portages, access is off the Tooley Pond Road at various points. 

Raquette River: Potsdam 

The dam in Potsdam backs up the river nearly two miles and is a great place for a quick paddle or fishing. Access is in Ives Park, behind the Clarkson Inn,  1 Main Street, and there is a public parking area next to the Inn’s parking. 

Cranberry Lake 

The Cranberry Lake region is one of the largest remote areas remaining in  the State. The Lake covers 11 square miles and has 55 miles of shoreline,  over 40 of which are State land. There are also 42 primitive campsites along the shoreline. 


Kayaking and Canoeing section courtesy of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. http://www.northcountryguide.com



WINTER SPORTS: 

Winter sports, snowmobiling, ATV’s ECT: 

SLC Snowmobile Association-Trail Map http://www.slcsa.org Other resources for XC skiing, snowshoeing and more http://www.northcountryguide.com 


Dining

Check out http://www.northcountryguide.com for listings of all local restaurants, diners and fast food options)


Your Hosts Selected Favorites: 

1844 House 

On Route 11 about half way between Potsdam and Canton, this American Bistro has, in my opinion, the best food in the area. Full disclosure, the owners are good friends of mine but I still think it’s the best! Reservations recommended. 

Jakes on the Water 

Take Rt 56 south past SUNY Potsdam and Jakes is just outside the hamlet of Hannawa Falls. Always a great dining and bar choice! Beautiful setting, good service, adventurous chef. Food is good. Price mid-upper range for our area. 

Maxfield’s 

Located in downtown Potsdam on Market St. near the bridge to Fall Island, this is a multi-purpose establishment. In addition to having good food the bar caters to an older crowd during the day and a student crowd at night. Service can be less than stellar at times but I can’t say I’ve had a bad meal (although people I know have) 

Cactus Grill 

The Grill is located on Raymond St. just off Market St. Raymond is across the intersection from Elm St. by the University Bookstore. It’s consistent, if mediocre, Mexican fare. 

Thai Cuisine Restaurant 

Located on the other side of Fall Island from Maxfield’s, this restaurant is run  by a Thai woman and her family. Like most restaurants in Potsdam, servers and kitchen help are drawn from the local students so the service can be iffy. I like  the food but even when I don’t, I appreciate that it’s prepared well and fresh. 

Mama Lucia’s 

This restaurant is located in the old train depot that is visible from the bypass (Sandstone Drive) and is at the end of Depot St.. Depot St. is off Market St. by Subway and McDuff’s. 

The Timber Tavern 

The Timber Tavern is a locally owned bar and restaurant and is open 7 days a week. It’s on Rt 72 just past Parishville. The food is pretty good and very reasonably priced. A local favorite if you don’t want to drive all the way to Potsdam! 

The Cedar Lodge 

A very backwoods local bar/restaurant that caters to locals and snowmobilers.  It’s small and cozy! The people are friendly, the food is good, portions are  huge and you cant beat the prices! 

Things To Do Close By

  • Call Helen Condon 315 265 4722 and ask to visit her rug braiding studio. It’s amazing! One of her rugs (the larger one) is on the cabin living room floor. http://www.adirondackrugbraiding.com/


  • Don’t miss The Birchbark Book Shop at 40 Ashton Road, Potsdam, NY!! Open 1-6 Pm on Saturday and Sunday. Over 80,000 used books, local history, vintage records and magazines. Great Kids section too! You can find them on Facebook. 


  • Parishville Museum, 1785 Main Street, Parishville, NY 13672  A rich collection of the towns industry and logging history and more! (315) 265-6180 Call Town Clerk for Museum Hours. They vary by season. 


  • Tour the Adirondack Fragrance Farm Factory and Outlet Store on rt 72 Parishville, NY. Owned by your host Sandy Maine. 

Tour The Adirondack Fragrance & Flavor Farm

Visit the Gift Shop and Take a Factory Tour

Find unique Adirondack handmade soaps, men’s cologne, perfumes, candles, herbal bug repellents, gentle high-quality shampoos for pets, natural home-keeping products and more!

Visit the Adirondack Fragrance Farm Factory and Outlet Store in Parishville, NY.

Activities

St. Lawrence County Museums & Galleries:

 NORTH COUNTRY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, a cultural and educational center for North Country families committed to hands-on, minds-on learning. NCCM is located at 10 Raymond Street in Potsdam, NY. The museum’s permanent exhibits celebrate the cultural and geographic resources of the North Country and provide opportunities for children and their families to play and learn together. Changing programs and activities daily. Open Wed- Sun 10am-5pm. 315-274-9380. http://www.northcountrychildrensmuseum.o

FREDERIC REMINGTON ART MUSEUM, dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving and interpreting the art and archives of Frederic Remington. 303 Washington St., Ogdensburg. Hours: Oct. 16 through May 14, Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; May 15 through Oct. 15, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.; info: 315-393-2425, http://www.fredericremington.org

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, Silas Wright House/ Museum, 3 E. Main St., Canton; permanent and rotating exhibits; museum and its archives are open Tuesday-Thursday, from noon-4 p.m., Friday, noon-6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Museum admission is free; archives admission $5, $2.50 for students. Info: 315-386-8133, http://www.slcha.org

ST. LAWRENCE POWER & EQUIPMENT MUSEUM, 1755 State Highway 345, Madrid. Preserving the history of how people in the North Country lived and how new technologies helped shape their lives. Regular exhibits open 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm, June through October or by appointment. Groups welcome. http://www.slpowermuseum.com

HAWKINS POINT VISITORS CENTER, free, 21 Hawkins Point Road, Massena; operated by New York Power Authority, state-of-the-art exhibits and panoramic views of St. Lawrence River and NYPA's St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project, interactive displays and hands-on learning about energy, electricity and the North Country, Barnhart Island, Massena. Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Open 5 days a week (Monday - Friday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the rest of the year. Info: 315-764-0226, Ext 7166302 or 800-262-NYPA; http://www.nypa.gov/communities/visitors-centers/hawkins-point  

NICANDRI NATURE CENTER, 19 Robinson Bay Rd., Massena, in Robert Moses State Park, 315-705-5022, http://www.massenanaturecenter.com Exhibits and programs designed to promote public awareness, appreciation and respect for the environment through exploration, education, and outdoor recreation. 

POTSDAM PUBLIC MUSEUM, Civic Center, 2 Park Street. Info: 315-265-6910, http://www.potsdampublicmuseum.org  permanent and featured exhibits on local history and decorative arts. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Adm. free. 

THE TAUNY CENTER, (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), a non-profit membership organization dedicated to documenting and presenting traditional culture and folk life of Northern New York, permanent and changing exhibits, workshops and demonstrations. 53 Main St., Canton, 315-386-4289, http://www.TAUNY.org

RICHARD F. BRUSH GALLERY, St. Lawrence University, Canton. Info: 315-229-5174. Programs of rotating exhibitions during the academic year, representing regional, national and international artists in a variety of media. Also oversees the university's permanent collection -- strengths in 20th century American photography, prints, portfolios and artists' books. Individuals and school groups are welcome for guided tours of exhibitions, during academic year open Monday-Thursday noon to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday noon to 5 p.m., free admission, http://www.stlawu.edu/gallery

ROLAND GIBSON GALLERY, SUNY Potsdam, Art museum with collection and exhibitions of 20th century and contemporary art. 315-267-3290, 315-267-2245, Tues-Thurs 1-7pm, Fri & Sat. 1-5pm; closed Monday & Sunday; closed during school recesses and between exhibits. http://www.potsdam.edu/museum

ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY ART GALLERY, Potsdam Town Hall, 18 Elm St.; exhibits of current local art, rotating every four to six weeks. Free; info: 315-265-6860, http://www.slcartscouncil.org

CELINE G. PHILIBERT MEMORIAL CULTURE CENTRE & MUSEUM, 200 E. Orvis St., Massena, 315-769-8571, http://www.massena.us/178/Museum  exhibits include general store, doctor's office, early street lights, musical instruments and others; open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

AKWESASNE LIBRARY AND CULTURAL CENTER, 321 Rt. 37, Hogansburg, on the St. Regis Indian Reservation. Historical & contemporary Mohawk artifacts, utilitarian & fancy ash splint & sweetgrass baskets, traditional crafts; info: 518-358-2461. http://www.akwesasneculturalcenter.org/museum

GOUVERNEUR MUSEUM, 30 Church St., 315-287-0570, gouverneurmuseum@centralny.twcbc.com

http://www.gouverneurmuseum.org Open year-round, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m., free admission. Museum houses artifacts scrapbooks, and mineral specimens from the Gouverneur area.    

SUSAN C. LYMAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 39 Main St., Norwood, Victorian-era rooms, railroad, firefighting & school memorabilia. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays in May through September from 2 to 4 p.m. Info: 315-353-2372 or http://www.norwoodny.org/museum.htm

OGDENSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY, 312 Washington St., 315-393-4325; historical and genealogical materials relating to Ogdensburg, including Hasbrouck correspondence collection, Gen. N. M. Curtis Civil War papers; list of manuscripts available at http://www.ogdensburgpubliclibrary.org/node/46

CANTON TOWN & VILLAGE COLLECTION, second floor of the Canton Municipal Building, Main St., a mini-museum with town/village archives, photographs, maps/artifacts. Contact Linda Casserly, town & village historian, 315-386-1633, call ahead for special appointments and 

tours, http://www.cantonnewyork.us/history

NORFOLK HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 42 1/2 West Main St., Open Tues. & Thurs. Noon to 5 p.m., 315-384-4575, http://www.norfolknymuseum.com

OLD MEETING HOUSE MUSEUM, 696 E. DeKalb Rd., DeKalb Junction, http://www.dekalbnyhistorian.org Wednesdays 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Thursdays 4 to 7 p.m. during winter, and by appointment. Info: DeKalb Historical Association, 315-347-1900. 

HOPKINTON TOWN MUSEUM, 7 Church St., Hopkinton, Info: 315-328-4187, http://www.townofhopkinton.com/hopkinton-historical-group-and-museum.html Information on the Adirondacks on display. 

WALKER HOUSE MUSEUM, 191 County Route 31, Madrid, operated by Madrid Historical Society. Open the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from June through October from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 315-322-0605 or 315-322-4203, http://www.madridhistoricalsociety.com

COLTON TOWN MUSEUM, Main St., across from the town hall, http://www.coltonmuseum.org/more/

PARISHVILLE MUSEUM, E. Main Street. July and Aug. Wed 1 - 3 p.m., 6 - 8 p.m.; 315-265-4232. Thirteen rooms in 19th century style. 

MORRISTOWN GATEWAY MUSEUM, 309 Main St., 315-375-4910; 

HAMMOND MUSEUM, Main Street (NYS Hwy. 37), Hammond, 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays mid-May through September, 315-324-5517, http://www.blacklakeny.com/hammondmuseum

OGDENSBURG DIOCESE ARCHIVES, 622 Washington St., Ogdensburg; 315-393-2920, http://www.dioogdensburg.org/

PIERREPONT MUSEUM, next to town hall, old school house, open 10 a.m.  to 1 p.m. Saturdays May 30 - Sept. 30 or by appointment. Historian: 315-379-0804 or barbra2030@twc.com, http://www.townofpierrepont.com/ historyhistorian.html

LADIES FIRST GALLERY, 208 Front St., Rensselaer Falls, Sally White Hartman, 315-344-8882. 

OSWEGATCHIE RIVER HOUSE MUSEUM, Rensselaer Falls. 315-344-8882. 

CLARKSON UNIVERSITY CHEEL CAMPUS CENTER LOBBY, Potsdam, 

features periodic art displays. 

MOORE MUSEUM, 33 Main St., Waddington, 315-388-5967; May to mid September, Tues. - Thurs. 1-4 p.m. or by appointment. 400 family histories and about 50 house histories available for research, in conjunction with Waddington Historial Society; also memorabilia from Waddington history and diarama that shows what happened to land during construction of St.Lawrence Seaway/Power Project. Historian may be e-mailed 

at wadhist@northnet.org



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