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Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center

8023 State Route 30


The Paul Smith's College VIC opened in 1989 as a state-funded facility - one of two centers created by New York State so local residents and visitors would get to know the natural ecosystems of the six-million acre Adirondack Park.  For two decades, the Paul Smiths VIC and the Newcomb VIC served both tourists and local residents, providing a wide range of public programs, many of them free, thanks to tax-payer funding.

New York State curtailed funding to both visitor centers in 2010.

 - The Newcomb VIC was transferred to the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and became the Adirondack Interpretive Center (AIC). 
 - In January 2011, Paul Smith's College, which owns the land on which the VIC building is located, agreed to take over the Paul Smiths VIC.

The Paul Smiths VIC was reopened under the auspices of Paul Smith's College in the summer of 2011.  Many of the programs that made the Paul Smiths VIC popular under state management have continued under Paul Smith's College management, with free public access to the trails in the warmer months and an expanded, fee-based winter trail network for skiers and snowshoers in the winter. The revitalized VIC has also branched out into a wide range of new activities, linking the center more closely to the regional arts community and to the College and offering meeting and event rental opportunities.


Michael Alber

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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.

Amanda Patterson

Thursday, June 7, 2018
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!!!


Saturday, Sep. 16, 2017
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.

Zubair Maqsood

Monday, July 17, 2017
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.

Dylan Barber

Monday, Sep. 11, 2017
Very nice area! The trails are kept up nicely. The views at the lookout are beautiful.

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