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Visitor Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths

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Address: 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-2107
Phone Number: 518-327-6241

The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive...

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 enjoy nature. Free admission. The VIC also offers a wide variety of arts, sports, and educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, trail runs, children's educational programs, art exhibits, concerts, lectures, workshops, and naturalist-led paddles. A native-species Butterfly House is open during the summer months. During the winter months, the trails are groomed and open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skate skiing for a fee.

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Beautiful grounds for a walk/hike, and fascinating exhibits in the small museum area. Lots of interesting birds and wildlife.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2014
Denver, CO
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Denver, CO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Beautiful grounds for a walk/hike, and fascinating exhibits in the small museum area. Lots of interesting birds and wildlife.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

A great family experience for all ages. Most trails are accessible by a stroller with very large wheels or all-terrain strollers. Will have to check at Visitors Center for trails that are accessible for wheelchairs. The floating bridge trail may not be recommended for those individuals with balance issues, young or old. Opportunities to see varied flora as well as... More 

Thank Doreen M
Lake Placid, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

While staying on Osgood Pond we hopped over to the VIC center to home the well labeled and groomed trails. The center is quiet and serene offering a nice nature walk undisturbed by others. Stop in the butterfly house to view native Lepidoptera in all stages. Great for the nature enthusiast.

Thank SonjaV1
Pulaski, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

Every year we make a trip to the VIC. The trails are well marked and well maintained. The views are absolutely amazing. I love the board walk and the lookouts over the marsh. This is by far one of my favorite places to hike with my family. We have been visiting the VIC for over 20 years and look forward... More 

Thank spoonrice
Upstate New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Helpful volunteers, good trail maps available, good Adirondack exhibits outlining geological origins and history. No fee (donations welcome). Superb marsh and pond views from trails and overlooks

Thank jt-mj
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

They have a wonderful network of trails. In only a short of hike of 2-3 miles you can see a wide variety of Adirondack ecosystems and habitats. I highly recommend this for anyone looking to hike somewhere that isn't that strenuous and also isn't very crowded.

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

Super friendly volunteer sent us on our way into the woods. We looped around the well-signed routes and ended up hiking around 5 miles on level and scenic woodlands. Elevated walkways lead you across marshy and bog areas, while wood bridges cross scenic ponds. This is a great hiking area - not too strenuous so perfect for kids and the... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Friendly and helpful staff await you here. We stopped simply to get some beautiful pictures of the snow covered Adirondacks. People were snowshoeing and cross country skiing on what appeared to be nicely groomed networks of trails. We visited the butterfly exhibit this past summer and the staff was marvelous and thus why we returned on this trip. The beauty... More 

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Lake Placid, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

What a difference there is at Paul Smith's VIC under the direction of the college. On our recent visit we were greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff and a day of fun events awaited us starting with a Chili Competition. The local fare was bountiful and tasty and we greatly enjoyed learning about new local restaurants and trying their chili... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

My husband and I wanted to learn to cross country ski on our recent trip to the area, and our hosts where we stayed recommended the VIC. We were able to rent all the gear there, and Grace was a fantastic and patient teacher. The property is beautiful and there are lots of trails that seem well suited to a... More 

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