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Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center

Paul Smiths, Franklin Co.

Butterfly house and person canoeing on a lake (image property of Bill Banaszewski)

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The VIC's 25 miles of trails, including 6 miles of interpretive trails, showcase the natural beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and provide unparalleled opportunities to view, hear, photograph, and enjoy nature. The trails weave through woodland and marshland, by ponds, brooks, and bogs. Look for the striking black-and-white checked feathers of the common loon, a water bird known as the "spirit of northern waters." Late winter and early spring visitors may even hear its eerie, yodel-like call.

Wildlife to Watch

Where to Watch

  • Conifer and hardwood forest
  • Brooks, marshes and bogs
  • Freshwater ponds

Recreational Opportunities

  • Whispering Pines Amphitheater
  • Boardwalks, picnic pavilions and observation platforms
  • Trail system provides opportunities for birdwatching, backcountry hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing


3,000+ acres

Closest Town

Paul Smiths


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Contact information

Website: Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center (This link leaves the DEC website)
Address: 8023 State Route 30, Paul Smiths, NY 12970
Telephone: 518-327-6241

Photo Credits: Jim Clayton, Bill Banaszewski