In the northwest corner of the Adirondack Park lie Cranberry Lake and the village of Wanakena. This remote area was the last-settled part of New York State; from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s, its name evoked the very essence of wilderness. Initially, sportsmen, naturalists, and artists flocked to the area. By 1900, summer tourism was booming. The logging industry followed, to harvest the virgin timber; after that, the state purchased the mostly cleared lands. Today, seventy-five percent of the lake's shoreline is state owned, and the Five Ponds Wilderness, south of Wanakena, is one of the largest and wildest areas in the Adirondacks.
Initially, the remote Cranberry Lake region attracted hunters and fishermen like Reuben Wood, world-champion fly caster. It also enticed artist Frederic Remington, writer Irving Bacheller, and Arts and Crafts movement philosopher Elbert Hubbard. Between 1886 and 1896, when railroads began to approach the lake, both industry and tourism were facilitated. Extractive industries like mining and lumbering coexisted with a lively trade catering to leisure travelers and recreationists. Several generations later, much of the natural beauty and wilderness characteristic of the Cranberry Lake region has been restored and is again the basis of its appeal. The communities that thrived along the railways--and the people who lived and worked in those communities--have a role in the area's social and industrial history that should not be forgotten.
Boats and Boating on Cranberry Lake portrays the evolution of boating life on a lake that was barely known until the late 19th century. Illustrated here are some of the lake's earliest guide boats and canoes, workboats and steamers, and early motor launches that brought visitors from the dock at Wanakena to hotels around the lake. In the summer of 1909, a few men who regularly spent the season on Cranberry Lake organized a motorboat club to promote the sport of power boating, improve boating conditions on the lake, and have some fun. Today the Cranberry Lake Boat Club, with 400 memberships, is thought to be the oldest such continuously active club in the western Adirondacks. The club will celebrate its centennial in 2009 with a summer of activities related to boats and boating on the lake.
The lakes of the Adirondack region are explored in this superb collection of masterful images, most of which are previously unpublished. The photographs in Adirondack Lakes were taken by well-known and lesser-known photographers of the region, including Seneca Ray Stoddard, George W. Baldwin, H. T. Hull, Katherine E. McClellan, William Kollecker, William L. Distin, and Henry M. Beach. Dating from 1858 to 1948, they are clear, focused, visually engaging, and historically significant. They show the men and women who developed the Adirondacks, from monied entrepreneurs to manual laborers, from hoteliers to roadside attendants, from vacationers to year-round residents-a cast of characters reflecting nearly a century of Adirondack activity.
"To train young men to fill the gap which exists between the woodsman and the professionally trained forester." This was the stated objective of the Ranger School in the first school circular. From its humble beginnings in 1912, the Ranger School has grown to do this and so much more. For 100 years, the Ranger School has taught young men and women about Forestry, Surveying, and now Environmental and Natural Resource Conservation. What makes the Ranger School so special, however, is what the students learn about themselves and their place in the world around them. One might expect that such a unique school would have a unique and fascinating history, and the Ranger School does not disappoint. The book you hold is not a proper history, but a collection of stories, essays, and recollections from the people who left their mark on the Ranger School, and on whom the school has left its mark. From the first class that built the original structures on the property, to the present day when state-of-the-art technology is incorporated into every facet of a student's education, this book paints a picture of what the Ranger School was, is, and possibly will be in the future. So whether you went to the Ranger School, or only wish you had, we hope you enjoy the stories of the first Century in the Forest.
Backpacker brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine, and the only magazine whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured.
A Guide to 42 of the Best Hiking Adventures in New York's Adirondacks
Author: Lisa Densmore Ballard
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Category: Sports & Recreation
State Hiking Series Each guide includes: - Hikes suited to every ability - Accurate directions to popular as well as less-traveled trails - Up-to-date trail descriptions with mile-by-mile directional cues - Detailed trail maps and GPS coordinates - Difficulty ratings, average hiking times, and best hiking seasons for each hike - Trail Finder for best hikes with dogs, children, great views, or wildlife viewing - Information on fees and permits, contacts, events and attractions, restaurants and accommodations, canine compatibility, and more - Zero-impact and wilderness safety tips and techniques *** This book features forty-two of the best day hikes and weekend backpacking trips in the mountain wilderness of northeastern New York State. From 360-degree mountaintop views to dramatic waterfalls and pristine ponds, it takes readers to the most scenic locations, some well-known and others off the beaten path.
This book features the best day hikes and weekend backpacking trips in the mountain wilderness of northeastern New York State. From 360-degree mountaintop views to dramatic waterfalls and pristine ponds, it takes readers to 47 of the most scenic locations, some well-known and others off the beaten path.
The essential companion to the Adirondacks and beyond Returning in its eighth edition, this fully updated guide provides details of Adirondack Park’s history and geography, as well as the cultural, lodging, dining, and recreational opportunities that abound here and in its gateway cities (including Saratoga Springs and Glens Falls). Complete with reviews and recommendations from authors immersed in the region, detailed maps and gorgeous photography throughout, this is an invaluable guide for your next trip.
Each hike through the Adirondack Park is rated for scenery, difficulty, trail condition, and accessibility for children. Individual trail maps, elevation profiles, and GPS trailhead coordinates aid in navigating the myriad of unnamed roads. Featured trails range from easy strolls for the family to bone-crunching vertical ascents for the fearless hiker.