Birds of the Adirondacks:  American Redstart on the Black Pond Trail (22 May 2015)

Directions to the Paul Smiths Visitor Interpretive Center


Paul Smith's College VIC road sign on Route 30

Paul Smith's College VIC Road Sign on Route 30 (10 June 2015)

Directions to the Paul Smiths VICFrom Albany, NY (160 miles) and points south (NYC, NJ, etc.): I-87 (NYS Thruway) north to Albany, exit 24. At Albany, I-87 (NYS Thruway) becomes I-87 (Northway). I-87 (Northway) to exit 30 (104 miles). Left off exit on Rt. 9/73. Bear left on Rt. 73 (two miles) to Rt. 86 in Lake Placid (27 miles). Rt. 86 west to Saranac Lake (nine miles). Continue on Rt. 86 (12 miles) to Paul Smith's College. Turn right on Route 30. The VIC entrance is one mile on the left.

From Syracuse, NY (190 miles) and points west (Buffalo, etc.): I-90 east to Syracuse, exit 36. I-81 north to Watertown, exit 48 (70 miles). Rt. 342 to Rt. 3 (six miles). Rt. 3 east to Deferiet (nine miles). Rt. 3A to Rt. 3 east (four miles). Rt. 3 east to Tupper Lake (78 miles). In Tupper Lake, take Rt. 3/30 east (six miles). Left on Rt. 30 north toward Paul Smith's College (21 miles). The main entrance to the VIC is one mile past the college on Route 30, on your left.

From Burlington, VT (80 miles), and points east (NH, ME): I-89 north from Burlington to exit 17 (10 miles). Follow signs for Grand Isle Ferry (13 miles). Grand Isle Ferry to Plattsburgh, NY. (Call 518-561-2055 for ferry information.) Off ferry, straight on Rt. 314 to I-87 (four miles). I-87 south to exit 38 (two miles). Rt. 374 to Rt. 3 exit (eight miles). Rt. 3 to Bloomingdale (35 miles). Right at Norman's general store to Rt. 86 (four miles), continue through yield sign to Paul Smith's College (five miles). Turn right onto Route 30. Drive one mile. The main entrance to the VIC is on your left.

From Utica, NY, area (150 miles): Rt. 8/12 north to Rt. 12/28 (five miles). Rt. 12/28 north to Rt. 28 (20 miles). Rt. 28 to Blue Mountain Lake (63 miles). Rt. 28/30 north to Long Lake (11 miles). Rt. 30 north to Tupper Lake (20 miles). In Tupper Lake, take Rt. 3/30 east (six miles). Left on Rt. 30 north to Paul Smith's College (21 miles). The main entrance to the VIC is one mile beyond the College on Route 30, on your left.




Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.