Paul Smith's College VIC, Paul Smiths

4.5
#12 of 45 in Winter Sports in New York State
Summer Hours

Building Open 9 am - 5 pm 7 Days a week

Trails: Dawn to Dusk, 7 days a week

Butterfly House: Open 11 am - 4 pm Sat/Sun through June, then daily through Labor Day

Come explore miles of Adirondack trails on our 3,000 acres. Hike through Boreal Forest, relax by the Heron Marsh, or climb to the summit of Jenkins Mountain! Come by in winter to enjoy our amazing ski trails!

The Paul Smith's College VIC is conveniently located just 1 mile north of Paul Smith's College on State Route 30. Put Paul Smith's College VIC at the forefront of your travel plans using our Paul Smiths trip itinerary builder tool .
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  • The building is beautiful. The bathrooms are great. Gift shop is nice. The nature exhibit is well done. The man at the front desk was very helpful explaining the trail choices. The interpretive...  more »
  • We took a short hike on the VIC and it was amazing. Well kept with easy to read makers. Best place to Forest Bathe  more »
  • My daughter and I hiked 2 days on the 25 miles of trails on the Paul Smith's VIC property. Trails are well marked and extremely well-maintained. They take you around and across a number of...  more »
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  • This place is an absolute pleasure. Winter wonderland. This place is great any time of year on foot, snow shoes, skis. Lots of trails, lots to see and you feel like you have gotten your money's worth PROVIDING you brought YOUR equipment. Rentals there are a highway robbery.
  • My family had a great time hiking the trails. It was pretty cool to see carnivorous plants like pitcher plants. This place was 10 times better than the Wild Center in Tupper Lake.
  • This place is amazing. It has free WiFi for everyone, clean bathrooms, water fountain, dry firewood for sale, a gift shop, helpful and friendly staff. The trails are amazing. You can also fish, kayak, etc in the ponds. Overall just an amazing place. Also have hikes for people with disabilities and elderly people.
  • Went on what was supposed to be a 5 senses field trip here, with 2 kindergarten classes. At the last minute they decided to send ALL guides to training, and left us to navigate the "nature walk" on our own. Needless to say, our nature walk turned into 3-4 miles+, top that off with emergency walkie talkies that didn't work, and a map/trail system that was utterly CONFUSING, and we ended up "lost". "Lost" on the trails with approximately 40 kindergarteners, some siblings that were younger, varying degrees of physical capabilities, medical issues, and one Mother being pregnant, is not ok! I would NOT recommend them!!! I am unsure why we paid for a field trip, when we didn't get any of the experiences we were suppose to, no butterfly house, no tour or info of the interactive center, nothing, no guided nature walk. VERY DISSAPOINTED!!!
  • We have done every trail the VIC has to offer at least twice. They are very well upkept and they continue to add new trails. The bathrooms are alway clean and they have a nice picnic and play area for kids. The butterfly house used to be my favorite thing to do as a kid. This is an amazing center with something for everyone old or young.
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