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Summit of Whiteface Mountain
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The Whiteface region in Essex County is home to legendary Whiteface Mountain and the famous Ausable River. During the summer and fall seasons, take a scenic gondola ride up the mountain for a panoramic view of the High Peaks, Lake Champlain, and north to Montreal. Drive up the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway to the amazing castle and summit observation deck. There’s also mountain biking on Whiteface, with additional hiking and bicycling trails throughout the valley.

The Whiteface region offers some of the best fly fishing in the Adirondacks on both the West and East branches of the Ausable River. The river also offers outstanding whitewater kayaking and canoeing, and a series of waterfalls and large flat rocks provide perfect spots for picnics and photographs.

For family fun visit Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, N.Y., a fairyland of activities, rides and shows. At spectacular High Falls Gorge take a nature walk alongside granite cliffs and waterfalls that tumble over 700 feet.

Stop by regional craft centers and art galleries to view local artisans’ pottery, artwork, and native wares. Superior camping facilities, comfortable bed and breakfasts, traditional lodges and inns, and great restaurants provide Adirondack hospitality at its finest.

2009 summer events

¯June 7: 32nd Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race. 8 a.m. Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway.

¯June 20: 8th Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Bike Race. Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway. 5:30 p.m.

¯Sept. 12: Wilmington Festival of Colors. Annual event celebrating the fall season. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Heritage Park. Call (518) 946-2255.