Located 2.5 miles from North Pole Resorts, Whiteface is an Olympic ski mountain and home to the largest vertical drop in the East. Beginners, intermediates and experts will enjoy a wide variety of terrain. The Cloudsplitter Gondola is also open in the summer time to take people to the top of the mountain for a great view of Lake Placid below.
Drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain (open May-October) for unsurpassed 360 degree views of the Adirondacks. On a clear day you might even see Montreal to the north.
Wilmington has recently become a mecca for mountain bikers. There are many trails in the area, including the Hardy Road Trails, the Flume Trails, lift assisted trails at Whiteface Mountain, and the Poor Man’s Downhill which ends right on our property in the 100 Acre Woods section.
The Ausable River is world-renown for its fly fishing. There are many rock pools and fishing holes up and down the river on the both the East and West branches. North Pole Resorts is located on the West branch of the river, and guests can easily fish from our shores (New York State fishing license required – available for purchase at our General Store). There are two fly shops in town that can help anyone looking for some professional advice or take some lessons.
Santa’s Workshop is one of the oldest theme parks in the country and is just 2 miles away. Open in the summer and select weekends before Christmas, kids can visit Santa, ride the kiddie rides and enjoy live entertainment. Closed Sundays and Mondays in the summer. Visit http://www.northpoleny.com for more information and hours of operation.
The village of Lake Placid is located 10 miles from North Pole Resorts. Lake Placid was the host of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and you can visit the ski jumps, bobsled run, Olympic Museum, go ice skating at one of two rinks at the arena, and go skating at the outdoor Speed Skating Oval in the winter. You can also shop and dine at the myriad of establishments along Main Street. For more information on the Olympic Attractions, visit www.ORDA.org.
Just 4 miles down the road from North Pole Resorts is High Falls Gorge, with over 700 feet of waterfalls on the Ausable River. Open summer and winter.
Explore the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. Come visit AuSable Chasm for an assortment of adventures you will not find at any other single location in the Adirondacks. Hike, float and/or climb as you go back in time as you experience one of the oldest natural attractions in the United States (Est. 1870). Located about 40 minutes north of North Pole Resorts.
Located just a short walk away, the Wilmington Town Beach is a scenic little spot on the Ausable River. The swimming area is known as Lake Everest and offers a sandy beach and lifeguard in the summer, along with a playground, and picnic tables. Every Thursday evening in July and August free concerts are performed under the pavilion.
The whole family will enjoy a fun and educational visit to the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge located just across the river from us in Wilmington. Many injured animals are brought to the wildlife refuge to be rehabilitated and hopefully released back into the wild. There are also a few permanent residents, including 3 wolves. Be sure to arrive at 10am for the Wolf Talk. Visit www.adirondackwildlife.org for more information and hours of operation.
The beauty of the Adirondack Mountains draws hikers from far and wide. There are 46 “high peaks” (the highest being Mount Marcy at 5,344 feet; Whiteface Mountain is the 5th highest at 4,867 feet), and those who are accomplish climbing all of them are known as “46ers”. But you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy the area. There are many trails from short and easy to full day steep climbs. No matter which type of hike you choose, please remember to be prepared with proper footwear and gear, including warm clothing (even in summer), compass and map. Investing in a good hiking book is recommended.