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Paul Smith's College VIC

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Address: 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
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+1 518-327-6241
09:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive...

The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of back country trails that showcase the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provide unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature. Free admission. The VIC also offers a wide variety of arts, sports, and educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, trail runs, children's educational programs, art exhibits, concerts, lectures, workshops, and naturalist-led paddles. A native-species Butterfly House is open during the summer months. During the winter months, the trails are groomed and open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skate skiing for a fee.

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Easy walking trails

Great way to experience the great Adirondacks without trying to climb 46 peaks. Wide well marked trails with water features and tons of wildlife. Fortunately when NY State quit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 November 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Great way to experience the great Adirondacks without trying to climb 46 peaks. Wide well marked trails with water features and tons of wildlife. Fortunately when NY State quit funding Paul Smith's college has taken over maintenance of the area. The Center itself is not open after Columbus Day but the trails are open dawn to dusk. Download a trail... More 

Thank ReddyBro
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015

I had hiked Mt. Baker earlier in the day and wanted an easy hike to get more exercise and enjoy fall colors. VIC hiking trails are easy and well maintained with mulch on a lot of them. There are platforms that allow you a higher view of the marsh and distant mountains. There is someone on duty to answer your... More 

Thank MountainsLover192
Norwich, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

This was a treat my wife and I stumbled across while visiting the Adirondacks area. We set out on the outer marsh trail that allowed use to see a heron and wood duck.

Thank lawtonjl2002
Cooperstown, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Good review of the Adirondack's geology and political history.Great views of the marsh and herons. There is a play area for children and nature trails.

Thank tally l
Middlesex, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2015

We arrived at the Visitor Interpretive Center late in the afternoon, so since we really wanted to get some walking in, we didn't spend time in the center itself, but obtained a map of the trails and set off. We picked an easy trail that wasn't too long as the trails close at dusk and it was already after 4... More 

Thank landma1976
Pickering, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015

Beautifully groomed well marked trails and friendly helpful staff, in one hike you can see marsh and forest. Beautiful fall colours.

Thank Lisa F
Norfolk, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Amazing hiking/trail running. The trails are very well maintained and clear of any debris. If you have bad knees these trails are great, they feel like they are cushioned. No really difficult areas to get to, or steep climbing. Great for a family day out.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

Lovely, beautiful trails. Went twice during our stay. We kept to relatively easy/flat trails, but there are more challenging ones to try. Great, helpful staff. The Heron Marsh Trail is quite special.

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Cohoes, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

Very knowledgeable guide, Brian, for our hike through the woods and across the bog boardwalk. Learned about the various bug eating plants, foliage, trees, and bog people. Took the shorter, easier hike for me with my leg braces and cane. Looking forward to returning in the fall and then again in winter for cross country skiing.

Thank minnieml
New Hartford, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015

My wife and I with our three kids (daughters 12 & 21 and son 16) went with the sole purpose of climbing Jenkins Mt. There is ample parking. The staff inside was very helpful with maps and information. There are many activities to enjoy at the VIC even though we didn't take advantage of much. There is an extensive trail... More 

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