Adirondack Trails with Tales: History Hikes through the Adirondack Park and the Lake George, Lake Champlain & Mohawk Valley Regions (Blackdome Press, 2009) is by Albany writers Barbara Delaney and Russell Dunn, licensed guides and authors of books on the great outdoors of eastern New York and western New England. This guide is an effort to connect hikers with the history around them. The guide includes detailed directions, maps, photographs, and vintage postcards.
Dunn guides readers through sites made famous by Adirondack guides, artists, writers, entrepreneurs, colonial settlers, and combatants in the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. Visit abandoned iron mines and the ruins of tanneries, famous Adirondack great camps and old resorts, lost villages, Native American battlegrounds, and the homestead of John Brown, catalyst for the Civil War. Visit the scene of America’s first naval battle and marvel at geological wonders like Indian Pass, Canajoharie Gorge, Chimney Mountain, and the tufa caves of Van Hornesville.
Hikes include: Valcour Island, Coon Mountain, Crown Point: Fort St. Frederic & His Majesty’s Fort of Crown Point , Fort Ticonderoga , Ironville & Penfield Homestead, Rock Pond, Rogers Rock, Shelving Rock Mountain & Shelving Rock Falls, Prospect Mountain, Fort George and Bloody Pond, Cooper’s Cave, Betar Byway, John Brown’s Farm, Mt. Jo, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, Indian Pass, East Branch of the Ausable River, Adirondack Mountain Reserve, Santanoni, The Sagamore, Paul Smiths, Hooper Garnet Mine, Chimney Mountain, Kunjamuk Cave, Griffin, Griffin Falls, Auger Falls, Moss Island, Tufa Caves; Waterfalls of Van Hornesville, Canajoharie Gorge, and Wolf Hollow.
Russell Dunn is author of popular and critically acclaimed guidebooks published by Albany publisher Black Dome Press, including: A Kayaker’s Guide to New York’s Capital Region: The Hudson & Mohawk Rivers from Catskill & Hudson to Mechanicville & Cohoes to Amsterdam, Adirondack Waterfall Guide: New York’s Cool Cascades, and A Kayaker’s Guide to Lake George, the Saratoga Region & Great Sacandaga Lake.
Together with Barbara Delaney (also a NYS-licensed guide), Dunn leads hikes and paddles in the Adirondacks, Catskills, and Hudson Valley, as well as to other sites of exceptional beauty and historical uniqueness. Dunn and Delaney give frequent lecture & slideshow presentations to regional historical societies, libraries, museums, civic groups, organizations, and hiking clubs on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from waterfalls to natural areas of historic interest.
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