Saranac was established in 1824 and, like its neighboring towns, it has much history. In Independence Cemetery, you can view the Civil War Soldiers Monument, which was erected in 1888 to honor Saranac’s Civil War soldiers, including the five men from the 16th NY who aided in capturing President Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth.
During the first half of the 19th-century, Saranac was well known for its high-quality iron, which was used in the construction of many Civil War ironclad warships. Other industries, such as timber and coal, were also important in Saranac’s early development but were replaced by family-owned dairy, poultry and cattle farms near the end of the 19th-century.
The Saranac River, which begins at the Saranac Lakes and flows into Lake Champlain at Plattsburgh, has been the focus of Saranac's life for more than 200 years. Today, the Saranac River offers great opportunities for Adirondack Coast fishing, as well as paddling with up to Class IV rapids.
Immerse yourself in Saranac’s local arts and culture scene by discovering Hill and Hollow Music, Inc. The award-winning chamber music organization achieved national recognition for featuring special events that combine historical reenactments, culinary arts and renowned music and dance in beautiful rural settings.
In the heart of town, you can experience Saranac’s unique shops and restaurants. Saranac’s scenic roads, with their striking views of the Saranac River, the Adirondack Mountains and the Champlain Valley, invite you to travel by car, foot or bike into the Adirondack Park.
Explore the New Land Trust, located on Plumadore Road. The New Land Trust dates back to the 1970s, when a group of area students purchased the plot of land near Saranac. Today, the 287-acre preserve offers more than 20 recreational trails for hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, as well as Adirondack Coast bird watching and a classic Adirondack lean-to.
For more Adirondack outdoor activities, visit Baker’s Acres Campground & Golf Driving, located on Route 3. The campground, conveniently located beside the Saranac River, offers a wide-variety of family-fun sports and recreational activities, as well as a rustic-style restaurant right on site.
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