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Paul Smith's College VIC

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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-2107
+1 518-327-6241
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Amazingly well maintained trails!

Perfect for a family hike with kids! Only issue was that the Visitor Center was closed. Luckily we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dajan78
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South Burlington, Vermont
Most Beautiful Cross-Country Ski Trails

I had read about the trails here previously and had been wanting to visit for some time. Finally... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
Wally E
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Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
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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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“great trails” (6 reviews)
“trail map” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970-2107
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect for a family hike with kids! Only issue was that the Visitor Center was closed. Luckily we found a map left behind and were able to find our way. The bathrooms were clean and accessible, as well as a few outhouses along the way...very...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018

I had read about the trails here previously and had been wanting to visit for some time. Finally had the chance this winter at was not disappointed. These are the prettiest ski trails I've come across yet. No doubt it helped that snow had been...More

1  Thank Wally E
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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Glad you had a chance to come out and enjoy our ski trails Wally. We certainly aren't shy of snow around here. As you continue to explore our system, you will find some challenging slopes. Our front desk volunteers and staff would be happy to...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018

In 2016 I submitted a review stating there was poor signage on the trails. A response was posted that the signage was being redesigned and improved every day. They have done a tremendous job! Since that time I have visited the trails twice, for a...More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Thanks for the kudos on our signage. We've revamped our trail map to match what has been on the ground for years, and are pretty confident all of our trails, including service trail junctions are well marked. It was a major undertaking, but certainly needed...More

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

We spent the better part of a day hiking this stunning property. Took photos galore. It was a challenge to take it all in. Don't forget to look down or you will miss a whole other experience. Suitable for all ages since the trails are...More

Thank G S
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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi G S, thanks for the review. We love our trails. It would take a life time to learn all of the flora, fauna, and fungi out here. Come back and watch the seasons change any time you can.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

If you only walk the short trails near the VIC building, you’ll find nicely maintained trails. If, however, you look at the trail map provided and want to do one of the longer hikes indicated, you will be disappointed and, maybe, lost, maybe, even, hurt....More

1  Thank Leca C
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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi Leca, Sounds like you might not have received a good recommendation on a trail to take. Some of our trail system has recently been developed out of logging roads: Logger's Loop, Skidder, Esker, Fox Run, Little Loop, and the Western portion of the Woods...More

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Even walking in the drizzling rain, I found myself enthralled with so many wildflowers along the path. This nature center offers a variety of hiking paths to accommodate different strengths. I especially enjoyed Barnum's Brook--lovely.More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

It's amazing what pops out in the spring and summer time, and how a drizzling rain can draw your attention to the ground. The VIC is a biologists delight. Barnum is one of our favorites too, a great introduction to the site and the Adirondack...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This is absolutely one of the most beautiful places for cross county skiing and worth the drive. There are no crowds and the views are memorable. They also make outstanding maple syrup and you can adopt a tree. A great experience.More

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VIC_Staff, General Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

This year our ski season outlasted our maple sugaring! We are pulling taps from our trees today, and there are still feet of snow in the woods. We've seen some great ski days out here this April that the die-hards have enjoyed. We love our...More

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Reviewed 16 January 2017

My wife and I discovered snowshoeing here a few years ago, it is a wonderful place for a leisurely hike, very convenient to White Pine Camp.

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Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Thank you very much for sharing your experience at the VIC! We will be happy to see you again!

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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Went for a snowshoe hike over New Year's Eve. We have visited this center several times summer and winter. Make sure you bring your snowshoes or cross country skis they do not allow walkers without them on the trails in the winter and they no...More

1  Thank kathy m
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Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

We really appreciate your sharing of your experience at the VIC, thank you! And we are planning to acquire some snowshoes for next winter! We will be happy to see you again!

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Reviewed 31 October 2016

The trails were not well marked.. I heard after my experience that others have gotten lost there. There really needs to be more signage. Maps on trees or post...saying you are here, with trail names. Arrows showing...this way to the VIC center, etc.

Thank skier12986
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Kendra O, Public Relations Manager at Paul Smith's College VIC, responded to this reviewResponded 20 January 2017

Every visitor is given a map, please keep it handy! We are currently redesigning our signage for our 3000 acres site, improving it every day! Thank you and come see us again!

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Alison M
19 June 2017|
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Response from VIC_Staff | Property representative |
Hi Alison! Thanks for your question. In the summer, we love having dogs at the VIC! We do allow leashed dogs on our trails and ask that pet parents dispose of their dogs waste. We have a space in the front of the building... More
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