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Paul Smith's College VIC

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Address: 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
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+1 518-327-6241
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive...

The 3,000-acre Paul Smith's College VIC features 6 miles of interpretive trails and 8 miles of back country trails that showcase the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provide unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature. Free admission. The VIC also offers a wide variety of arts, sports, and educational programs throughout the year, including bird walks and nature walks, trail runs, children's educational programs, art exhibits, concerts, lectures, workshops, and naturalist-led paddles. A native-species Butterfly House is open during the summer months. During the winter months, the trails are groomed and open for cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and skate skiing for a fee.

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Jenkins Mt Climb

My wife and I with our three kids (daughters 12 & 21 and son 16) went with the sole purpose of climbing Jenkins Mt. There is ample parking. The staff inside was very helpful with... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2015
New Hartford, New York
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New Hartford, New York
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66 reviews
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Reviewed 7 August 2015

My wife and I with our three kids (daughters 12 & 21 and son 16) went with the sole purpose of climbing Jenkins Mt. There is ample parking. The staff inside was very helpful with maps and information. There are many activities to enjoy at the VIC even though we didn't take advantage of much. There is an extensive trail... More 

1 Thank Travel_Sam_I_Am
Burlington, Vermont
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121 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2015

Someone had told me about the VIC (visitor inquiry center) and I'm grateful. It is a series of well maintained trails to hike or x-country ski/snow shoe. The trails are well marked and easy to navigate. For anyone with mobility problems there is even a full trail that is wheelchair accessible. The trails vary from one mile to several so... More 

2 Thank bbrodie
Maitland, Florida
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102 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2015

If you plan to do any hiking in the area you need to stop here. They can give you tips on what would work best for you and your group. Nice maps and tips.

Thank juliefriesl
Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

Just a few miles from White PIne Camp and the world's most stunning college campus (Paul Smiths, specialising in conservation), the tours and the video documentaries are an education in nature.

2 Thank Salim L
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194 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

For many years, NY State ran this wonderful place, an architectural gem, filled it with wall to wall programs, and entertained and educated thousands of children and adults. Then the funding plug was pulled. To their great credit, Paul Smiths College stepped into the breach. Without access to tax support, they are doing a marvelous job of continuing to groom... More 

2 Thank Wayne M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I thought things would be better with the college's purchase of the property, but was very disappointed. Saw online that on Saturdays there would be crafts and games for kids, so we packed up 3 little ones and headed over. No one greeted us so we had to ask where the activities were, and a lady pointed us to a... More 

2 Thank Daytripper420
Red Hook, New York
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2014

it was interesting and since we couldn't hike because it was raining it gave us a dry place to spend a few hours.

1 Thank Helena B
Denver, CO
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014

Beautiful grounds for a walk/hike, and fascinating exhibits in the small museum area. Lots of interesting birds and wildlife.

Thank igbotrevordc
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 29 September 2014

A great family experience for all ages. Most trails are accessible by a stroller with very large wheels or all-terrain strollers. Will have to check at Visitors Center for trails that are accessible for wheelchairs. The floating bridge trail may not be recommended for those individuals with balance issues, young or old. Opportunities to see varied flora as well as... More 

Thank Doreen M
Lake Placid, New York
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57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

While staying on Osgood Pond we hopped over to the VIC center to home the well labeled and groomed trails. The center is quiet and serene offering a nice nature walk undisturbed by others. Stop in the butterfly house to view native Lepidoptera in all stages. Great for the nature enthusiast.

Thank SonjaV1

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