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Wilder Homestead near Malone

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Franklin County features the Wilder Homestead of Little House on the Prarie fame, near Malone on the Adirondack Trail

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Franklin County

Adirondack Trail and Olympic Byway

Malone, Paul Smiths, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake are in paddlers’ paradise of Franklin County, also including the St. Regis Canoe area and the Wild Center.

From the north, with its border with Quebec, to its southern boundary in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, Franklin County includes gently rolling agricultural lands, numerous lakes and streams, long tracts of deep forests, and spectacular scenic vistas.

The northern section of the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway traverses the center of the county on Route 30. A short portion of the Olympic Scenic Byway twins the Adirondack Trail from the intersection of Routes 30 and 3 west to Tupper Lake. The majority of this sparsely populated county is within the protected Adirondack Park.

You'll  find easily accessible hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic sites, beaches, and golf courses. If you're a winter sports enthusiast, enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing. Paddlers love its easy access to dozens of clean lakes and clear spring-fed ponds to enjoy the tranquil beauty and wilderness scenery.

The county is on a major migration route for Canada Geese and snow geese and home to loons, osprey, ravens, herons, and bald eagles. Whitetail deer, beaver, and fox are numerous; you may even see a moose. Trout and other game fish are abundant.

Highlights in Malone, the county seat, include the Franklin County Fair, the House of History, and the First Congregational Church, a designated historic site on the State of New York’s Underground Railroad Heritage Trail. Close by is the Wilder Farmstead, boyhood home of Almanzo Wilder, husband of Laura Ingalls Wilder, of Little House fame.

Tupper Lake celebrates its past as a center of timber harvesting and lumber-cutting during the annual Woodsmen’s Days, and is home to the Wild Center.

The Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths is a great way to experience Adirondack wildlife.


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