Top 10 Reasons to Explore the Gore Region

The Gore Region has something for every member of your family all-year-round! We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 reasons this beautiful area should be on your travel itinerary.

  1. Recreation
  2. History
  3. Dining
  4. Shopping
  5. Lodging
  6. Arts
  7. Community
  8. Wildlife
  9. Walkability
  10. Landscape

Recreation

Outdoor recreation is king in the Gore Region. The evidence of a ski town is apparent from the moment you enter Johnsburg. Vintage gondolas sit on street corners welcoming snow seekers far before you reach the slopes. Trails wind through the region that are perfect for hikers and bikers of all ages, abilities, and skill levels. Rail bikes allow you to literally ride through history surrounded by the gorgeous natural landscape or escape to the waters and paddle, kayak, raft, or fish!

Skiing

Hiking and Walking

  • Second Pond trail
  • Carol Thomas trail
  • Carol Schaefer trail to Gore Mountain
  • Ski Bowl trails
  • Balm of Gilead
  • Peaked Mountain Trail
  • Siamese Pond Trails

Biking

  • North Creek – Thurman ride
  • North Creek – Irishtown ride
  • Ski Bowl trails

Rail biking with Revolution Rail

Rafting, Kayaking, and Paddling

Fishing

  • Clear Pond
  • John Pond
  • Siamese Pond
  • Thirteenth Lake
  • Hudson River

All of these wonderful outdoor recreation options can be explored in detail via our comprehensive Recreation Mapper!

History

The Gore Region is alive with history at every turn! The North Creek Depot Museum transports you back in time where you can walk the same steps as Teddy Roosevelt as he mounted his “ride to destiny!” In the same complex, you can learn all about the rich skiing history of the area and how the railroad made lasting impacts.

You and your family can unearth beautiful gem-quality garnet just like the early settlers to the region at Barton Mines. The mine site is flat, making it good for walking and for wheelchair accessibility.

Historical Spots

There also numerous, well-maintained cemeteries to explore that date back generations, such as Union Cemetery, Isaac Morehouse Cemetery, St. James Cemetery, and more.

More information on the abundant history of the Gore Region can be found on our History and Culture Mapper!

Dining

Start the day off right before venturing out to explore. For breakfast and lunch, you’ll find everything from fresh-baked pastries, pancakes, and omelets, to soups, sandwiches, and desserts. After a full day of learning and playing outside, you’ll need to fuel back up! The Gore Region has the perfect spot for casual dinner dining or a fancy evening out, or maybe you just want to get some drinks. The Gore Region has something for every taste!

Breakfast & Lunch

Dinner & Drinks

Desserts

Shopping

Local flair can be found at every shop in the Gore Region! If you’re looking for that perfect gift or piece of home decor that you can’t find anywhere else, the Gore Region has it. Stop into any one of the shops downtown and be greeted with a knowledgeable staff, warm smile, and good conversation.

Retail

Antiques

Outdoor & Recreation

Salons & Spas

Lodging

One day is not enough to thoroughly delve into all that the Gore Region has to offer. We highly suggest you stay overnight for an extended respite to get the full Adirondack experience. We have a vast array of options that will fit anyone’s comfort level, taste, and budget.

Lodge

Bed & Breakfast

Resort

Townhouse

Community Living

Glamping

Arts

The arts are vital to the Gore Region. A gorgeous community-built mosaic from artist Kate Hartley can be found prominently displayed on Main Street. Local artisans sell their beautifully crafted woodwork, jewelry, and home decor in the shops downtown (check out the shops listed above). The community theatre brings top-notch shows that delight visitors and locals alike. Everywhere you turn the arts surround you in the Gore Region and there is something for every member of your family to enjoy!

Public Art

Gallery and events

Theater

Find out all the details about the arts in the Gore Region by checking out our Arts and Culture Mapper!

Community

The community of the Gore Region is strong, tight-knit, and very welcoming. It’s easy to feel at home here. Whether you’re strolling on the charming downtown streets or exploring that vast and beautiful natural landscape, there is a part of the community here where you will fit right in.

Farmer’s Market

Community Center

Library

Wildlife

All year-round, the Gore Region is a haven to an abundant and diverse cross-section of wildlife. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the creatures you may meet when exploring our area. If you come across any of our furry or feathered friends please keep your distance and remember to have your camera ready!

Furry

  • Foxes
  • Otters
  • Opossums
  • Black bears
  • Hares and rabbits
  • Coyotes

Antlered

  • Moose
  • Deer

Feathered

  • Bald eagles
  • Herons
  • Geese
  • Owls
  • Woodpeckers
  • Grouse

Walkability

We can’t make a list of all the wonderful things about the Gore Region without mentioning the walkability.

Downtown is easy to maneuver for visitors of all ages and mobility levels. Even though there is a lot to see in the heart of downtown, almost all of the shops, dining and arts are condensed into an area that is easy to navigate on foot.

The streets here are well-kept, safe, and clearly marked – perfect for a solo adventure, couples’ getaway or family fun!

Landscape

The landscape in and around the Gore Region is absolutely breathtaking. Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, you’ll find scenic vistas like the one above throughout the region. Keep coming back so you can experience the Gore Region in all its glory throughout the changing seasons.

Just a few hours north of New York City and a couple of hours south of the Canadian border, the Adirondack Mountains offer an outdoor paradise. The mountains, trails and ponds and rivers have inspired generations to hike, paddle and play in nature.

Come stay and play in the Gore Region!