A Natural Oasis
Deep in the mountainous Adirondacks region, Paul Smiths is a haven for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. Lakes, mountains and forests stretch from east to west, serving as the perfect playground for explorers. Brimming with outdoor activity and excitement, Paul Smiths has countless opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, bird watching, hiking and biking. Yet, the fun doesn’t end when summer does. Paul Smiths has plenty of winter activities to enjoy as well – including skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. The acclaimed Paul Smith’s College not only attracts top talent to the region, but also provides opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy panel discussions, cultural performances, concerts and more.
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Fueling the Talent Pipeline
Paul Smith’s College continues to attract and retain top talent to the region, fueling Franklin County’s talent pipeline. The college recently received five awards from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings. With over 20 bachelor’s degrees offered, students can choose to major in anything from environmental sciences to restaurant management. In fact, Paul Smith’s College features restaurants that are open to the public and staffed by students of their renowned culinary program. The St. Regis Café is a training restaurant for students in the culinary arts and hospitality management programs. Guests can dine on the patio and enjoy a stunning view of Lower St. Regis Lake.
Wedged right between Lower St. Regis Lake and Osgood Pond, with abundant rivers, streams and waterways nearby, the Paul Smiths region offers plenty of opportunities to get out on the open water. The 18,400-acre St. Regis Canoe Area, the only designated canoe area in New York State, is home to 50 ponds of various sizes for water activities. This region offers expansive fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and more. Wildlife enthusiasts can look out for beavers, bald eagles, moose, river otters, ospreys, peregrine falcons and other incredible creatures. There are 26 miles of hiking trails in the Saint Regis Canoe Area, including three major trailways: Saint Regis Mountain Trail, Long Pond Mountain Trail and Fish Pond Truck Trail, which all provide spectacular views of the Adirondacks’ natural beauty.
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