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Hiking and Paddling at Great Camp Sagamore: Adirondack Nature and History
Hike to into the Back Country, paddle protected waterways, visit the Adirondack Museum and enjoy dancing and music as you learn the story of this historic region.
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Program No. 21360RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Led by expert naturalists and historians, participants will learn about the qualities that make the Adirondack Park unique: specifically, the interesting mix of public and private lands that comprise the largest park of any kind in the Lower 48. Combining paddles, hikes, lectures and a trip to the world-class Adirondack Museum, students will retrace parts of the route taken by visitors to the region, and in so doing, enjoy the same connection with the natural environment that drew the Gilded Age elite here starting more than a century ago.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Spirited
Paddling in tandem canoes 2-4 miles, relatively flat water, chance of choppy conditions. Participants should be able to swim. Hiking up to four miles, covering rocky terrain and 700 ft elevation gain in 2 miles.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Guided by naturalists and historians, learn about the history and ecology of the central Adirondack region.
  • Enjoy canoe paddles on Sagamore Lake and Raquette Lake to learn how earlier visitors reached Camp Sagamore.
  • Combine a visit to the Adirondack Museum with a hike to wilderness vistas to see why the Adirondacks are the origin of the American "vacation."
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Deborah Faylo Kennedy
Deb Kennedy is an experienced outdoor education specialist with deep roots in and around New York's Adirondack Park. She was an instructor in the State University of New York system for many years before joining Sagamore in 2017. Deb also worked with the US Department of the Army at Fort Drum, New York as a Recreation Director for various recreation programs. She brings with her many years of instructing and programming experience, and a deep respect and love of the outdoors and the region.
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Deborah Faylo Kennedy
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