Ten Outdoor Adventures Within an Hour of Campus
While one of the greatest benefits of St. Lawrence’s location is its proximity to the Adirondacks, this drive is typically reserved for weekends. However, what happens when you want to go explore, or just spend a nice afternoon outside. Fortunately, the are a rich variety of places and activities, all within an hour of campus! Here are ten great ways to sneak away when you want to get your boots muddy or toes wet.
1. Azure Mountain
Azure is a St. Lawrence classic! With a short drive from campus, Azure is a destination for many sunrise and sunset hikes. The trail head to Azure is located in Waverly, New York, seven miles down Blue Mountain Road. After a short 0.9 mile assent, the summit offers a fire tower with a 360-degree view. The view looks to the south of the high peaks and the Adirondacks and to the north of the St. Lawrence River Valley and the Canadian border. Azure is a great excursion any time of the year with the ski trail cut when the snow starts to fall. Learn more about Azure Mountain friends here: http://azuremountain.org/
2. Arab Mountain
Arab Mountain is another great hiking option close to campus. Whether an afternoon trip after class or killing time on a Sunday, Arab is a great way to explore off campus and get outside. Mt. Arab is in Piercefield, New York, along Mt. Arab Road. Mt Arab is a 2.1-mile round trip with 744 feet of elevation gain. At the top you will also find a fire tower with stunning views and a cabin open in the fall and spring with a small museum inside
3. Lampson Falls
Lampson Falls is a beautiful spot to come and relax! Bring a hammock and a lunch and spend the day swimming and sitting on the beach while the sound of the falls splash in your ears.
4. Allen Falls
Allen Falls is another waterfall right outside of Potsdam, New York. Geology 103 students will find themselves here study the formation of the falls, but Allen Falls is another great way for students get out and enjoy the beauty of the North Country.
5. Higley Flow State Park
Higley Flow State Park can be as long of a day that you want it to be! In the park, you have access to fishing, hiking, hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and camping. Also, there is a boat launch and a beach to take advantage of the lake in the warmer months! Learn more about Higley via their website: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/58/details.aspx
6. Stone Valley Bike Trails
The Stone Valley bike trails are a great option for any level of mountain biker. They have a great beginner loop as well as an extensive network for the more advanced rider. The Stone Valley trail parallels the Raquette River making it a great place for a walk for someone not ready to jump on a bike!
7. Downerville State Forest
Downerville is another mountain bike destination offering 28 trails to ride. Turn left onto Downerville Road off of Rt. 24 to find the trail head. Downerville is a more advanced destination than Stone Valley and also offers a campsite for an overnight off campus.
8. Saint Regis Mountain
Saint Regis is a little over an hour from campus and is a bit of a longer hiking option. Saint Regis is a 6.2-mile round trip with 1532 feet of elevation gain. Satin Regis is more strenuous then Azure or Arab, so plan ahead and bring some extra food and water.
9. St. Regis Falls
Another St. Regis adventure! These falls are located in the St. Regis Falls scenic campsite. So whether you’re looking for an overnight adventure or just a day trip outside, this is the perfect destination.
10. Canoe Shack
Right here on campus, the Canoe Shack is on the edge of the soccer field behind the Athletics complex. At the Canoe Shack, you will find a friendly student attendant to get you all the gear you need for a paddling adventure: paddle up stream and meander through the Grasse River, or head down stream and find the sand banks and rope swing destination.