John Brown Farm State Historic Site

Lake Placid, New York

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This easy loop ambles through two significant pieces of history: John Brown’s farm, the home of one of the most passionate defenders of the right of black slaves to be free men and women; and the impressive ski jump structures built for the 1980 Winter Olympics. The tour of the farm property wanders through an open meadow filled with wildflowers throughout spring and summer, and then through a fragrant woodland. Birders can find some of the local specialties on this property, including black- backed and American three-toed woodpeckers, species that New York birders travel north specifically to see. The ski jumps are still in use today by skiers training for national and international competitions, but even if you’re not a world- class skier, you can tour the ski jump complex and see the view from the top of the higher jump. If the height seems daunting (or terrifying), you can enjoy the impressive sight of the two towers from this trail.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This easy loop ambles through two significant pieces of history: John Brown’s farm, the home of one of the most passionate defenders of the right of black slaves to be free men and women; and the impressive ski jump structures built for the 1980 Winter Olympics.

The tour of the farm property wanders through an open meadow filled with wildflowers throughout spring and summer, and then through a fragrant woodland. Birders can find some of the local specialties on this property, including black- backed and American three-toed woodpeckers, species that New York birders travel north specifically to see. The ski jumps are still in use today by skiers training for national and international competitions, but even if you’re not a world- class skier, you can tour the ski jump complex and see the view from the top of the higher jump. If the height seems daunting (or terrifying), you can enjoy the impressive sight of the two towers from this trail.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lake Placid
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 101 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: John Brown Farm State Historic Site, 115 John Brown Rd., Lake Placid 12946; (518) 523-3900; nysparks.com/historic- sites/29/details.aspx
Local Maps: Available online at nysparks .com/ historic-sites/attachments/JohnBrownFarmTrailMap.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to John Brown Farm State Historic Site

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