NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. — On Oct. 4, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of phase one of the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area.
A ribbon cutting ceremony included the first horses to ride into town.
The new public campground facility, located on the site of the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, is a signature piece of the Governor's "Gateway to the Adirondacks" tourism hub and part of the State's Adventure NY Initiative to enhance access to state lands and connect New Yorkers to nature and the outdoors. To date, an estimated total of $25 million in public/private resources have been committed to the project.
"North Hudson is a prime location to introduce visitors to all that the Adirondacks have to offer and encourage travelers to further explore New York's great outdoors," Governor Cuomo said. "With the first phase of the Gateway to the Adirondacks now complete, visitors can begin to experience this one-of-a-kind recreational site, helping to boost the local economy and the region's ever-growing tourism industry."
"The transformation of the Frontier Town Campground will rehabilitate the former theme park site and serve as another recreational space for residents and visitors," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "The development will help to bolster the economy in North Hudson and continue to boost the tourism industry in the Adirondacks."
The new Department of Environmental Conservation campground, designed in collaboration with the Office of General Services, and contracted with C.T. Male Associates, will include 91 campsites to accommodate a range of camping experiences.
Phase one of the campground, now complete, includes:
- An equestrian camping area modeled after DEC's Otter Creek facility with space for 33 equestrian camping sites with electrical hookups and Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant features;
- Parking for all-season trail access located off Frontier Town Road near NYS Rt. 9, providing year-round parking for 26 vehicles, including spots for 18 vehicles with trailers, six for vehicles only, and two for accessible vehicles;
- Seasonal day-use area along the shoreline of the Schroon River with 34 parking spaces, a pavilion, two playgrounds, a comfort station, and electric vehicle charging stations;
- Entranced ticket booth utilizing solar energy to support part of the ticketing operations; and
- Two staff cabins, a recycling station, a firewood storage building, a water treatment/storage building, and other facilities necessary for the operation of the campground.
Plans for the campground were conceived in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub Master Plan to establish a Gateway to the Adirondacks to link local and regional outdoor recreation experiences in the Adirondack Park, bolster tourism, and strengthen the North Country's regional economy. In his 2017 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced the master plan to establish a tourism hub at Exit 29 of the Northway in the town of North Hudson. In the heart of the Adirondacks, the Gateway site was once home to the Frontier Town theme park. New York State and the Open Space Institute, working in collaboration with five neighboring Adirondack towns, engaged the Chazen Companies to create a blueprint for a new recreation hub to improve local amenities, expand access, and draw increased visitors to the park.
A key component of the master plan is a $19 million state investment through NY Works to develop the new DEC campground on approximately 91 acres of land owned by the town of North Hudson and Essex County. DEC will operate the campground, designed to complement the site's topography and natural features, according to the terms of a conservation easement.
DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "For more than two decades, this magnificent property lay dormant, leaving a void in North Country communities and tourism economy. Governor Cuomo understands the power of the Adirondack mountains to draw outdoor enthusiasts from around the world to experience their unrivaled beauty. Completion of the first phase of the Gateway to the Adirondacks project at the former Frontier Town property is a significant first step towards realizing the Governor's vision to restore and transform the Adirondack Park into a global destination."
OGS Commissioner RoAnn Destito said, "Guided by Governor Cuomo's longstanding goal of expanding tourism as an economic driver in this State, we are very proud of the work being accomplished by several New York-based companies that OGS contracted with to create this piece of the new Gateway to the Adirondacks. Their work has allowed us to reach this important project milestone and will make this site accessible for tourists and residents alike to enjoy."
The Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area is anticipated to be fully operational by next summer.
The Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area trails will connect to the existing trail network along NYS Route 9 and part of the Schroon Lake-North Hudson Snowmobile trail network known as the "Ti to Co Line Trail." The trails will provide connectivity to the Hammond Pond Wild Forest to the east, the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest on the west, and the Palmer Pond Bridge connection on the west leading to publicly owned lands including the Boreas Ponds Tract (as contemplated in the Vanderwhacker Mountain Unit Management Plan Amendment) and Essex Chain Lakes Complex. In addition, trails within the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area will connect to other trails and public roads associated with anticipated private development in the northern portion of the project area.
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