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Wilmington: Get close to the Whiteface Region

March 22, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

Get close to pristine Adirondack woods and waterways, and each other, in the Whiteface Region of New York state, home to legendary Whiteface Mountain and the world-famous Ausable River. Make the town of Wilmington - the hub of the Whiteface Region - your adventure headquarters.

Just how you get close is up to you. Try outdoor recreational activities such as fly fishing, hiking, downhill skiing, swimming, or mountain biking. Visit one of the family-friendly attractions. Or simply get close to nature by heading outdoors; an adventure awaits you in every direction, in every season.

During the summer and fall, take a scenic gondola ride up the mountain for a panoramic view of the High Peaks, Lake Champlain, and north to Montreal at the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center. Drive up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway to the amazing castle and summit observation deck. There's also mountain biking at the ski center, with additional hiking and bicycling trails throughout the valley.

The Whiteface region offers some of the best fly fishing in the Adirondacks on both the West and East branches of the Ausable River. The river also offers outstanding whitewater kayaking and canoeing, and a series of waterfalls and large flat rocks provide perfect spots for picnics and photographs.

For family fun, visit Santa's Workshop at North Pole, N.Y., a fairyland of activities, rides and shows. At spectacular High Falls Gorge, take a nature walk alongside granite cliffs and waterfalls that tumble over 700 feet.

During the winter, spend time skiing and snowboarding at Whiteface Mountain, New York's only Olympic mountain, home of the alpine events at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. With 86 runs, the ski center has the greatest vertical drop in the East, plus 11 lifts (including a gondola), terrain parks, six mountainside restaurants, and adrenaline-pumping, between-the-trees skiing.

Stop by regional craft centers and art galleries to view local artisans' pottery, artwork, and native wares. Superior camping facilities, comfortable bed and breakfasts, traditional lodges and inns, and great restaurants provide Adirondack hospitality at its finest.

For more information, stop by the Whiteface Region Business & Tourism Center at 5753 State Route 86, call (518) 946-2255, or visit online at



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