Local Area Attractions
Lake Placid Olympic Attractions & Site Tour
This area includes attractions like Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, Whiteface Mountain, Olympic Center Ice Arena and Olympic Museum, Public Ice Skating, The Olympic Jumping Complex and Skydeck, Olympic Bobsled and Luge Run Trolley Tour, Summer Bobsled Ride, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Mountain Bike Center and Mt. Van Hoevenberg Horseback Riding Center. See www.orda.org for more information.
Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway
After an eight mile climb on wheels, a short hike or a ride in the in-mountain elevator will bring you to some of the greatest views in the Adirondacks. 360 degree views allow you to revel in the beauty that surrounds us. Open from Mid May to October, this is a must on any travelers list when visiting the Adirondack Park.
Whiteface Mountain Gondola "Cloudsplitter" Rides
It's like a bird's eye viewin flight. The eight-person Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you and your family from the Main Base Lodge to the top of Little Whiteface. You'll see Lake Placid and its namesake village. To the east lies Lake Champlain. To the south stand the tallest peaks in New York State. You'll spot the ski jumps and the Ausable River. At the top, an observation deck and picnic area await you. These are some of the country's best views, and this is the best way to see them.
Step back in time as you walk nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. Add a scenic raft ride and float the legendary waters of the Ausable River through a maze of breathtaking rock formations sculpted over thousands of years by the river's currents. Open since 1870, this is one of America's oldest attractions.
John Browns Farm
High in New York State's Adirondack Mountains is the home and grave of abolitionist John Brown. Brown's final prophesy, "I, John Brown, am quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done, was soon to be realized in the Civil War.
Local Area Activities
Lake Placid / Whiteface Mtn. KOA is the perfect location for day trips to all the Olympic venues (ask about tour packages at the front desk) the region is famous for. If you're on the more adventurous side, easy access to extreme mountain biking, hundreds of miles of hiking trails and some of the best skiing in the region are right at our doorstep. Add world-class fishing, great community events and some of the country's best scenery and we've pretty much got it all!
Whether you're a fly-fisher or a spin angler, a serious trout chaser or a novice who gets out once or twice a year, the Whiteface Region is for you. Here, trout bums mix with beginners, and while it's usually pretty easy to tell them apart once they begin casting, this is a place where everyone feels at home on the water. Success is a relative term, but most anglers walk off the water with a smile on their face. It's the kind of place so scenic you'd probably wet a line even if you knew there weren't any fish swimming out there.
NY Fishing License required.
New England Antiquing
Looking for a piece of history to take home? Lake Placid and the many surrounding Adirondack towns and villages boast many antique shops just waiting to be discovered. Treasure hunters take note!
Adirondack Scenic Flights
Experience the Adirondack Mountains from a whole new perspective! Leaving daily from the Lake Placid Airport (weather permitting), the various tour routes offer guests pristine views that can't be seen anywhere else. The best part, no reservations are required!
The Adirondack Equine Center and Horse Rescue is a family horseback-riding adventure for all ages and experience levels. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the High Peaks and the Lake Placid Olympic sites as your knowledgeable trail guide leads the way, provides assistance and answers any questions you may have.
Utilizing the vast system of leveled and groomed trails of the 1980 winter Olympic cross country ski center at Mt. Van Hoevenberg, our rides are perfect for the recreational equestrian. Mt.Van Hoevenberg is located at The Olympic Sports Complex off of Rt. 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, NY.
Ask for more details at our front desk!Mt.Van Hoevenberg is located at The Olympic Sports Complex off of Rt. 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, N
Working on becoming a "46er" by climbing all of the Adirondack's designated high peaks? Let us be your basecamp! Located in the heart of a mountain climber's paradise we won't be running out of terrain for you anytime soon. If you're looking for something a little less challenging, great family hikes for trekkers of all ages start right here at the campground.