River and Rail

Communities along the Hudson River, upstream from Glens Falls and west of Lake George, have joined together to celebrate their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. From the Great Falls of the Hudson, upriver to the dramatic Hudson River Gorge, the stream tumbles over falls and rapids, past dramatic cliffs of magnificent marble impregnated with sharp chunks of gneiss, then slows to flow easily through ice meadows, kept perpetually open by the annual scouring of spring ice floes.

Along this first river corridor into the wilderness, a train soon followed, allowing visitors easier access to the wild forest. Explorers today can reclaim the days when travel was sophisticated and elegant aboard the Saratoga & North Creek Railway. The railway operates regular scenic train services between Saratoga Springs and North Creek, New York, connecting a 56.5 mile ribbon of unique towns, hamlets and villages that make up the heart of the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor.

For information on water-based activities along the Hudson, and its tributary rivers the Schroon and Sacandaga, please see the Outdoor Recreation section of the website.