Here are a few of the things that we often recommend to do while staying at the Lodge. For a full list of activities check out the Whiteface Region Visitors Bureau’s website.
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation
977 Springfield Rd, Wilmington, NY 12997
Dedicated to wildlife rehab and education, the Refuge Center includes a one mile (1.6 km) interpretive trail that winds along the Ausable River and through a forest and meadow. See rescued wildlife like wolves, foxes, bobcats, hawks, owls and eagles.
Open 10 am – 4 pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Cloudsplitter Gondola at Whiteface
5021 Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12997
The eight-person Cloudsplitter Gondola carries you from the base lodge up 3,676 ft (1,120 m) to the top of Little Whiteface offering breathtaking views. In 15-minutes you’re at the observation deck and picnic area where you can see Lake Placid (the lake and the village), giant Lake Champlain and some of New York’s tallest peaks. This venue is included in the Olympic Passport.
High Falls Gorge
4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12997
If you don’t have a lot of time to spare but are looking for some great views and photo opps, this is the place. Less than 5 miles (8 km) from the Lodge, High Falls Gorge has maintained walkways and stairs to reach four stunning waterfalls on the Ausable River.
Paid admission. Microspikes and snow shoes available in winter months.
High Falls Gorge serves breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as New York wines and regional beers on tap.
Riverstone Wellness Center
1181 Haselton Road, Wilmington, NY 12997
Visit our friends at Riverstone for a hot stone massage, spa treatment or acupuncture. What better way to relax after a long day on the bike, trail or slopes?
Bowman Lane, Wilmington, NY 12997
Hop on one of our townie bikes and it’s a three-minute ride (we timed it) to this hidden gem. Here you’ll find Lake Everest, a lazy bend in the Ausable River with a beautiful sand beach, swimming, fishing, a public boat launch, kayak rentals, volleyball, a playground, pavilion and public restrooms. Enjoy free concerts every Thursday nights in July and August.
Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway
Wilmington, NY, 12997
Take a left out of our driveway and it’s a beautiful 8-mile (12.9 km) climb straight up Whiteface – the only Adirondack High Peak accessible on wheels.
For some of the greatest 360-degree views in the Adirondacks, we recommend the quick hike up the remaining 267 feet (81 m) from “the Castle” to the summit at 4,867 ft (1,483 m). Don’t miss the elevator on the way down. It opened in 1935 and travels through time – and 27 stories of solid granite.
Open from mid-May to October, this attraction is included in the Olympic Passport.