There are great hikes to be had right near the Bark Eater property. Nearby are some easy short mountain hikes, including a family favorite—Owl’s Head Mountain—two minutes away. It is a wonderful stroll for the whole family. Young children can manage the gentle grade and will enjoy the blueberries in early summer. Another popular nearby favorite is Cascade Mountain, one of the 46 High Peaks (those Adirondack mountains with an elevation of over 4,000 feet). It is an easy climb through alpine forests that will be enjoyed by all. The views of the High Peaks wilderness are breathtaking.
The Bark Eater’s location in Keene (“The Home of the High Peaks”) means we’re near a majority of the trailheads for the Adirondacks’ highest mountains, and of course the Inn is a great place to relax after your hike.
We are located just 20 minutes from the Mt. Van Hoevenberg Olympic Cross Country Ski Center with 50 kilometers of tracked and groomed Nordic ski trails. For downhill skiers, just 20 minutes away is Whiteface Mountain–the longest vertical drop in the East and the home to the 1980 Olympic downhill events.
Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing
The Adirondacks are a paradise for those who recreate on the river. River rafting with experienced outfitters is a thrill as the winter snows depart. Fishing, kayaking and canoeing in the AuSable (translation – “river of sand”) River follow when water levels return to normal. The St. Regis Wilderness Canoe Area, about 45 minutes away, is particularly popular for overnight trips.
The AuSable River borders the Bark Eater property and is reputed to be one of the top fishing streams in the United States. Numerous favorite fly-fishing spots are minutes away, and great advice is always readily available on where to try on a given day.
Red, yellow, and orange hues creep slowly up the mountainsides beginning in mid-September and generally reach their greatest brilliance around the first week of October. Cyclists, shutterbugs, and antique hunters thrive in these cooler days of autumn. The summit highway and chairlift on Whiteface Mountain and AuSable Chasm are spectacular targets.
Shopping, Dining, and More
The Bark Eater is just fourteen miles from Lake Placid, which offers North Country shopping and dining. Stroll around the picturesque brick-lined sidewalks, enjoy the alpine scenery, and treat yourself. Sample chocolate made with local maple syrup, or take home some rustic Adirondack furniture. Many of the businesses here are locally owned, and our artisans and craftsmen create a wonderful mementos.
Locally made crafts and rustic furniture is also available in Keene and Keene Valley.
Dozens of unique restaurants are scattered throughout the area and truly offer something for everyone. Inspired by our Adirondack setting, they range from family diners featuring home-made bread to elegant four star cuisines with award winning wine cellars. Try a boat ride on 9-mile-long Lake Placid or sailboarding on Mirror Lake. Sample a bit of culture at the Lake Placid Arts Center or an area museum. The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake is world class, and now hosts a branch on Main Street in downtown Lake Placid.
The Lake Placid area is famous for many kinds of events and competitions, both summer and winter. To take a look, go to Lake Placid Events Calendar.