North Hudson was settled rather late, being officially formed from Moriah on April 12, 1848. While considered too rugged for agriculture, being judged in 1885 as “only about one-eighth is adapted to cultivation,” there were abundant hemlock trees for tanning, and there was a tavern there early on, shortly after the first settler arrived around 1800.
This mix of practicality and festivity continued to be characteristic of the area, with Russell Root arriving in 1812 and building a series of popular lodgings. The stagecoaches ran from Albany to Canada right through North Hudson, giving the town its motto “The Hub of the Adirondacks.”
Between the area being popular with sportsmen and the continuous logging and sawmills powered by the abundant water sources, the continuous traffic of what became Route 9 supported a lively bunch of taverns and hostels. Today, Route 9 is the most scenic way to arrive, with many great hikes accessible from it.
Whimsy and nature came together again in 1952, when the western theme park Frontier Town opened, providing much interesting employment for North Hudson denizens. Now this site, closed since 1998, will become a new development with event facilities, dining, and information center, all to be a "Gateway to the Adirondacks." This tourism hub will once again let North Hudson live up to their motto.
Sharp Bridge Campground and Yogi Bear Campground are examples of the fine camping and hiking available in the area. The East Mill Flow trail follows a stream and has many bridges and views of water.
Blue Ridge Falls is one of the easiest waterfall views in the Adirondacks. The North Hudson town trails are multiple use for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
There’s also the only buffalo herd in the Adirondacks at the Adirondack Buffalo Company, which has all kinds of treats, clothing, and souvenirs for sale in the accompanying country store. Also don't miss Gokey's Trading Post, which is always full of pleasant surprises.
For more, read the blog A Day in North Hudson.
3024 Route 9
P.O. Box 60
North Hudson, NY 12855
Phone: (518) 532-9811
Fax: (518) 532-0122