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USA/Mid-Atlantic: Lake Placid, NY
The Brown Farm is also home to a number of walking trails
, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to just under 2 miles. It’s a great way to get acquainted with the history of the area, and these picturesque walks make it easy to see why Brown and others were drawn to the Adirondacks and the isolated beauty of the area. In fact, residents like to say they’re “two hours from everywhere,” meaning Albany, NY, Burlington, VT, and Montreal—all great hubs if you’re looking to bring in a larger group, making this a true getaway destination with unique teambuilding and bonding opportunities.
Lake Placid has numerous other outdoor diversions unrelated to the Olympics or the John Brown Farm. One such locale, Mirror Lake
, is the focal point of downtown Lake Placid, which hugs its western shore. Note: Mirror Lake is often mistakenly referred to as “Lake Placid,” which is actually far larger and lies about a mile due north of town. For walkers, the 2.7-mile Mirror Lake Trail follows a red brick sidewalk along the shoreline, starting in Peacock Park and passing by the old Lake Placid Club property, numerous grassy fields, boat launches, residential areas and lots of prime Adirondack scenery. At certain points on your hike you’ll find gray stones embedded in the brick walk, each bearing the name of one of the Adirondacks’ highest peaks, as well as strategically placed stone benches that provide resting spots along the way.
These are just a few of the more than three dozen 1-2 hour hikes
listed on the LakePlacid.com
website, which is also a great source of information on dining, lodging, events and numerous other activities in the area.
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