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2018-19 Southern Adirondack Guide

30 Stony Creek – The

30 Stony Creek – The Road to a Friendly Town is Never Long The “Biggest Little Town” in NY State has more than thirty thousand acres of Forest Preserve waiting for hikers, hunters and campers. Fresh mountain streams feed into Stony Creek and the Hudson River, where native brook trout seek out the fisherman’s lure. Horseback riding trails wend their way through the woods, providing spectacular views of the southern Adirondacks. At the heart of Stony Creek, the 4 Corners, also known as Creek Center, offers great food, entertainment and basic amenities. Choose from a range of prices and features at local campgrounds, guesthouses, inns, and lodges. Along the winding roads, look for natural mountain water springs to quench your thirst. Bring your family to a campground on Stony Creek, or enjoy the public park for a cook-out next to the old fashioned swimming hole. Truly a place to get away, Stony Creek boasts fresh mountain air and a quiet reprieve. The town celebrates its heritage through the annual Stony Creek Mountain Days Festival the first full weekend in August. Music in the Park is offered Tuesday evenings in July and August. Visit the information lean-to at Creek Center and take a free map of the area for a self-guided driving tour, locating trail heads, boat launches, or any of the local cemeteries dating to the Civil War. Remember, the road to a friendly town is never long. Lens Lake offers access to pristine waters for fishing and a silent retreat. Courtesy of Barbara Brooks Capture the spirit of adventure among friends. Courtesy of Sue Catana Making memories on the Dean Farm Hiking Trail Courtesy of Pam Morin Spring on the Rayder Family’s “North 40” invites a frolic in the pasture. Courtesy of Sue Catana The Town of Stony Creek is in the southwest part of Warren County and is named for a stream that flows through it and is a main tributary directly to the Hudson. The town was first settled in 1795 and then incorporated in 1853 enclosing 82.4 square miles. Known to many where “the road to a friendly town is never long.” The east town line is marked by the Hudson River and the west town line is the border of Hamilton County. The newly constructed railway pavilion is located at the Stony Creek Ranch Resort where scenic train operations are seasonal. Tracks run parallel with the Hudson River from the North Creek to the City of Saratoga. Folks can then transfer to Amtrak and continue around the world. The Hudson River Watershed All Warren County townships have a portion of their land that drains into the Upper Hudson River. Stony Creek is one of 4 towns to have all of its land in the Hudson River Watershed. Stony Creek the stream, drains nearly 50% of that land mass. A few of the waters that form Stony Creek are Lens Lake, Roaring Branch, Smears Creek, Willis Creek and Kenyontown Creek. Stony Creek merges into the Hudson, south of the old Stony Creek Station on the Warrensburg Road. – Warren County Soil & Water Stony Creek Town Hall Location: 52 Hadley Road Mailing address: P.O. Box 96, Stony Creek, NY 12878 Telephone: 518-696-3575 | Supervisor: Frank E. Thomas Reach our advertisers at: • • •

The Dean Farm Trails – With the support of Warren County Department of Planning and Community Development Director Wayne LaMothe, towns such as Stony Creek have been able to secure funding to create infrastructure projects that help promote the Corridor to tourists. Visitors will find that Stony Creek has creation a trail system around the Dean Homestead Museum at 4 Murray Road. In the 1990’s about 8 acres of the old Dean farm on the west side of Murray Road (creek side) was bequeathed to the Stony Creek Historical Association to be a museum, and 217 acres on the east and west side of the road was bequeathed to the SUNY-ESF Foundation by David and Edyth Haskell. Edyth Haskell was a direct descendant of Francis J. Dean. Phase 1 was the establishment of a 1.3 mile ADA compliant trail around the museum and along the creek. Phase 2, located on the east side of Murray Road on the SUNY ESF Foundation property are approximately 4 miles of more rugged hiking trails. Phase 1 and 2 are largely complete with amenities and interest STONY CREEK INN & RESTAURANT 518-696-2394 Restaurant - Bar - Hotel Daily Full Menu Includes: Lite Fare • Seafood • Steaks • Prime Rib • Surf n’ Turf A HOT LITTLE ROAD HOUSE Top Bands, Jazz, Blues, Rock & Country Summer ~ FridayS 7 pm & every Sunday 7 pm OpeN MAY thru NOVeMBer Only 20 min. from Lake George, 15 min. from Warrensburg, 25 min. from North Creek and 30 min from Glens Falls 31 Weekly Specials Thursdays – Open at 4pm: $5 & $10 Menu Fridays: 2 for $36 Dinners NY Strip/Prime Rib/ Surf & Turf Saturdays: Soup or salad included with dinner Sundays: Mexican Menu 5-10 pm Closed Mon, Tue & Wed • Open Thurs at 4pm • Fri–Sun Open at Noon points to be added as time goes on. It will continue to be a work in progress. The town has embarked upon a third phase of this project with the purchase of 8 acres of property at 13 Lanfear Road. This property is directly across the road from the Dean Homestead Museum. This will enable the continuation of the Dean trail system with the intent of a connection to Creek Center. The property also sits adjacent to the town’s current park, Green Meadows. A foot bridge will be established over the creek to connect the new property and the Dean Trails with the Green Meadows Park. Discussion and planning on other uses of this property are ongoing, and include overflow parking for large events such as the annual Mountain Days Festival, a library/community center that will accommodate large and small groups of people for a multitude of uses, such as plays, concerts, arts and crafts workshops, conferences, book signings, nature programs, creek side water ecology, gardens and greenhouses, and possibility a museum depicting the town’s history of logging and tanneries. The goal is to create a destination that attracts visitors to our area and the First Wilderness Corridor and provides them with activities to do and things to see. The more people that visit, the more opportunities expand for businesses to offer services and products, making for a memorable experience people will want to repeat. Reach our advertisers at: FREE KID’S CORNER, SAT & SUN FREE Bounce House, FREE Games & More! Brightstar Touring Theatre with productions of “Chicken Little” and “Alice in Wonderland” • • •

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