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A natural expedition rife with heritage and agritourism is waiting for you in Lewis County, the Adirondacks, and Tug Hill Region.
Whether you prefer to explore the outdoors or immerse yourself in history, your trip is sure to be fun-filled and memorable. As you plan out your must-visit spots, here are some sights you won’t want to miss!
For the History Buffs
Plan a visit to the International Maple Museum Centre in Croghan to experience the history and techniques used to produce maple syrup. The museum has three floors of displays, including a replica sugar house and early syrup-making techniques and equipment. Another stop should be Constable Hall, located in Constableville, and escape into the 1800s. This mansion is said to be the inspiration for the story “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and contains memories from seven generations of the Constable Family.
For the Nature Lovers
Lewis County is home to many beautiful State Forests and Wilderness areas to explore for locals and tourists alike. The hiking trails along the gorge at Whetstone Gulf State Park will provide you with a day filled with adventure. The Otter Creek Horse Trail System provides 65 miles of trails stretching throughout the Adirondack Park. There are 75 stalls and free camping. Each year events like the Adironduck Race and Riverfest will have you returning again and again.
For the Agritourists
There are few places as rich in agriculture as Lewis County, from the fresh dairy production to the sweet maple nectar boiled to amber perfection. Agriculture has always been an essential part of Lewis County, and sharing the farming way of life with visitors is a longstanding tradition. Watch cows, horses, or goats graze in the pasture or take a farm tour and capture some great photos.
Besides our traditional offerings, we can also boast innovative products that everyone will enjoy, like goat’s milk gelato from Hidden Pastures Dairy or artisan butter from Black River Valley Natural. Visit during Maple Weekend or visit a local Farmer’s Market to meet with some of the people who have helped build Lewis County into the agricultural center that it is today.
For the Adventure Seekers
Each year there are five weekends of water releases on the Beaver River to provide stage five white water kayaking. You can visit the Moose River in Lyons Falls for stage four or five kayaking for the rest of the year. There are also approximately 500 miles of ATV and snowmobile trails waiting to be explored. SNIRT Run and the Flat Rock Watercross are events that are sure to keep you coming back for more.
There are many other events and attractions available throughout the year including the Annual Cream Cheese Festival where you can taste an award-winning cheesecake large enough to feed 10,000 people! For more exciting things to do and see in Lewis County, visit www.adirondackstughill.com or call the local Chamber of Commerce at (315) 376-2213.
The Lewis County Chamber of Commerce was organized in 1945 to promote business and economic activity in Lewis County through the efforts of its membership and staff.