NORTH HUDSON — State officials Wednesday announced completion of the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area, a key part of the new Gateway to the Adirondacks.
About $25 million in state and private funds has been committed to transform the site of the old cowboy-themed tourist attraction at Northway Exit 29 into a new regional hub for tourism.
The campground will be operated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and contains 91 campsites — 33 of them designed for campers traveling with horses, 13 for RVs and trailers, and 45 for tents. Reservations are now available for June 28 through Columbus Day weekend.
There is also a seasonal day-use area along the shoreline of the Schroon River, a pavilion, two playgrounds, two electric vehicle charging stations, a comfort station and a network of pedestrian trails with four viewpoints.
Also Wednesday, the DEC announced finalization of the Hammond Pond Wild Forest Unit Management Plan, which promotes outdoor recreation at Frontier Town and the area while protecting natural resources and the ecological value of the northern Adirondacks.
The Hammond Pond Wild Forest consists of nearly 46,000 acres of Forest Preserve lands in the towns of Crown Point, Elizabethtown, Keene, Moriah, North Hudson, Schroon, Ticonderoga and Westport. It offers opportunities for hiking, camping, paddling, boating, fishing, hunting and more. Projects in the final management plan include:
- New equestrian trails that complement facilities at the Frontier Town Campground & Day Use Area;
- High-quality, universally accessible parking, camping and trails to provide recreational opportunities for people with disabilities;
- Sustainably designed trails adjacent to Forest Preserve units and private lands;
- Connected and extended linear trails to create loops and longer-distance hiking opportunities;
- Contributions to the completion of the 4,600-mile North Country National Scenic Trail by a route connection across the wild forest;
- Designating existing community connector snowmobile trails for continued use;
- New tent sites and one new lean-to.