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Paul Smith's College VIC

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Worth a visit--Excellent hiking trails, butterfly house, lovely art.

My daughter and I hiked 2 days on the 25 miles of trails on the Paul Smith's VIC property. Trails... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
Leslie J
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Rochester, New York
Good place for concerts, walking, hiking

The Vic is a nice place to relax and go at your own pace. There are occasional small concerts here... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
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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...more
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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-2107
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Reviewed August 14, 2018

My daughter and I hiked 2 days on the 25 miles of trails on the Paul Smith's VIC property. Trails are well marked and extremely well-maintained. They take you around and across a number of different biological features- bogs, ponds, streams, hardwood and pine forests....More

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Reviewed August 2, 2018

The Vic is a nice place to relax and go at your own pace. There are occasional small concerts here. There are also many different kinds of walks for varying ability levels. Highly recommend.

Thank MaryD D
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

We did 2 trails which were recommended by the staff of the VIC. Which were the Heron Marsch and the Black pond trail. It was very nice to see the variety of landscapes in a small area. We saw a lot of little animals, like...More

Thank Goedele V
Reviewed July 10, 2018

Perfect for a family hike with kids! Only issue was that the Visitor Center was closed. Luckily we found a map left behind and were able to find our way. The bathrooms were clean and accessible, as well as a few outhouses along the way...very...More

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Reviewed March 28, 2018

I had read about the trails here previously and had been wanting to visit for some time. Finally had the chance this winter at was not disappointed. These are the prettiest ski trails I've come across yet. No doubt it helped that snow had been...More

1  Thank Wally E
VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Glad you had a chance to come out and enjoy our ski trails Wally. We certainly aren't shy of snow around here. As you continue to explore our system, you will find some challenging slopes. Our front desk volunteers and staff would be happy to...More

Reviewed January 28, 2018

In 2016 I submitted a review stating there was poor signage on the trails. A response was posted that the signage was being redesigned and improved every day. They have done a tremendous job! Since that time I have visited the trails twice, for a...More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Thanks for the kudos on our signage. We've revamped our trail map to match what has been on the ground for years, and are pretty confident all of our trails, including service trail junctions are well marked. It was a major undertaking, but certainly needed...More

Reviewed September 1, 2017

We spent the better part of a day hiking this stunning property. Took photos galore. It was a challenge to take it all in. Don't forget to look down or you will miss a whole other experience. Suitable for all ages since the trails are...More

Thank G S
VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Hi G S, thanks for the review. We love our trails. It would take a life time to learn all of the flora, fauna, and fungi out here. Come back and watch the seasons change any time you can.

Reviewed July 9, 2017

If you only walk the short trails near the VIC building, you’ll find nicely maintained trails. If, however, you look at the trail map provided and want to do one of the longer hikes indicated, you will be disappointed and, maybe, lost, maybe, even, hurt....More

1  Thank Leca C
VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

Hi Leca, Sounds like you might not have received a good recommendation on a trail to take. Some of our trail system has recently been developed out of logging roads: Logger's Loop, Skidder, Esker, Fox Run, Little Loop, and the Western portion of the Woods...More

Reviewed May 18, 2017

Even walking in the drizzling rain, I found myself enthralled with so many wildflowers along the path. This nature center offers a variety of hiking paths to accommodate different strengths. I especially enjoyed Barnum's Brook--lovely.More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

It's amazing what pops out in the spring and summer time, and how a drizzling rain can draw your attention to the ground. The VIC is a biologists delight. Barnum is one of our favorites too, a great introduction to the site and the Adirondack...More

Reviewed March 18, 2017 via mobile

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful places for cross county skiing and worth the drive. There are no crowds and the views are memorable. They also make outstanding maple syrup and you can adopt a tree. A great experience.More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded April 24, 2018

This year our ski season outlasted our maple sugaring! We are pulling taps from our trees today, and there are still feet of snow in the woods. We've seen some great ski days out here this April that the die-hards have enjoyed. We love our...More

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Bonnie S
August 24, 2018|
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Response from Dajan78 | Reviewed this property |
No. It’s free to the public.
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Alison M
June 18, 2017|
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Response from VIC_Staff | Property representative |
Hi Alison! Thanks for your question. In the summer, we love having dogs at the VIC! We do allow leashed dogs on our trails and ask that pet parents dispose of their dogs waste. We have a space in the front of the building... More
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