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Paul Smith's College VIC

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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
+1 518-327-6241
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A highlight of this region

We spent the better part of a day hiking this stunning property. Took photos galore. It was a... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2017
G S
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Wilmington, Delaware
Longer trails are poorly maintained

If you only walk the short trails near the VIC building, you’ll find nicely maintained trails... read more

Reviewed 9 July 2017
Leca C
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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 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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“great trails” (6 reviews)
“trail map” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
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Reviewed 1 September 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
Reviewed 9 July 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
Reviewed 19 May 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.

Thank retiredteacher157
Reviewed 19 March 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.

Thank Skimaster1
Reviewed 16 January 2017

My wife and I discovered snowshoeing here a few years ago, it is a wonderful place for a leisurely hike, very convenient to White Pine Camp.

Thank germancouple2016
Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience at the VIC! We will be happy to see you again!

Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went for a snowshoe hike over New Year's Eve. We have visited this center several times summer and winter. Make sure you bring your snowshoes or cross country skis they do not allow walkers without them on the trails in the winter and they no...More

1  Thank kathy m
Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

We really appreciate your sharing of your experience at the VIC, thank you! And we are planning to acquire some snowshoes for next winter! We will be happy to see you again!

Reviewed 31 October 2016

The trails were not well marked.. I heard after my experience that others have gotten lost there. There really needs to be more signage. Maps on trees or post...saying you are here, with trail names. Arrows showing...this way to the VIC center, etc.

Thank skier12986
Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Every visitor is given a map, please keep it handy! We are currently redesigning our signage for our 3000 acres site, improving it every day! Thank you and come see us again!

Reviewed 26 September 2016

Ladies at desk were very helpful. We enjoyed a nice hike. Color coded trails, map makes sense, some of the trail signs were confusing, but we figured it out. Great trails, great views. Wish we would have run into a little more wildlife, but we...More

Thank mermaidpat3
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Our group of six friends lived our canoe tour of Barnum Brook and Pond. Both the history of the area and the plants and wildlife were well addressed by our guides. We even received needed tutorials in canoeing! A terrific two hour experience for families...More

Thank NancyNordicrun
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

PAUL SMITHS VIC is a beautiful visitor center that sits within 3000 acres. There a numerous trails which are well maintained and some are even wheel chair accessible. There are several bogs which contain many wild species if flowers, including pitcher plants and wild orchids....More

Thank Ralf H
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Alison M
19 June 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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