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Adirondack Interpretive Center
Description: Explore boreal forest and wetland habitats in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. Trails on the surrounding preserve take you through old-growth hemlock, spruce and northern hardwoods, as well as near lake, river, stream and wetland environments. More than 100 species of birds have been sighted around the interpretive center, as well as from the shore on Rich Lake.

More than 50 mammal species, nearly 30 species of reptiles and amphibians and more than 100 species of butterflies and dragonflies are seasonal or yearround residents.

The Adirondack Interpretive Center holds public programs, events, courses and other activities offered through the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which manages the center and surrounding preserve.

Wildlife to Watch: In winter, look for otters sliding in the snow near the Rich Lake outlet. Snowshoe hares, mink, pine martens, fishers and coyotes are also likely to be seen at this time. Several kinds of owls are also active in winter, including great horned, barred, eastern screech and northern saw-whet.

In spring and summer, white-tailed deer browse in the forest or drink at the water’s edge. Look for muskrats swimming in the pond formed by an abandoned beaver dam. The chattering of a red squirrel will alert you to its presence high in a hemlock. Perhaps you’ll spot a red or gray fox running through the brush or a moose grazing on water plants. Black bears are also occasionally seen lumbering along in the woods, as are porcupines.

Loons, mallards, black ducks, mergansers, Canada geese, sandpipers and great blue herons are often sighted from spring through fall. Bald and golden eagles, as well as ospreys, kestrels and several types of hawks can be seen diving for fish or perched high in treetops, while turkey vultures circle above. The staccato tapping of woodpeckers will reveal several varieties, from little downys to impressive pileateds. A variety of song thrushes, warblers and sparrows, as well as ruffed grouse and wild turkeys can also be heard and seen.

Special Tips: Trails are open daily dawn to dusk. From Labor Day to Memorial Day, the center is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. During summer months, the center is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a guided birdwalk on the first Saturday of each month.

This site has many accessible features.

518-582-2000, 5922 State Rte. 28N, Newcomb, NY 12852, www.esf.edu/aic/

Other Activities: Four trails run for 3.6 miles from the visitors center and include scenic overlooks, boardwalks, bridges, interpretive signs and guides. A 3-mile hike up Goodnow Mountain to a restored fire tower offers some of the best 360° views in the Adirondacks.

Ownership: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 
Size: 236 acres 
Closest Town: Newcomb

RestroomsParkingCross Country SkiingHikingVisitor CenterDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Cedar Waxwing - Photo by Dave Johnson
Please see map link below

Driving Directions:
From the south, take I-87/Northway to exit 26, Pottersville. Turn left off the ramp, under I-87, to the stop sign at Rte. 9. Turn right on Rte. 9, following it for about 500 yards to the junction with Warren Co. Rte. 19. Turn left following Warren Co. Rte. 19 for approximately 6 miles to Olmstedville (turns into Essex Co. Rte. 29). At the blinking red light in Olmstedville, turn right onto Essex Co. Rte. 30 to Minerva. Turn right onto NYS Rte. 28N at the “T” with Rte. 28N in Minerva. Follow Rte. 28N into and through Newcomb, turning right at the Interpretive Center sign and the driveway on the right, across from the stone-walled cemetery.

From the north, take I-87/Northway to exit 29, North Hudson. Turn left off the ramp, following Blue Ridge Rd. (Essex Co. Rte. 84) west to the junction with Rte. 28N (about 18 miles). Follow Rte. 28N west through Newcomb as directed above.

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Adirondack Interpretive Center : Wildlife Viewing Area