Glens Falls combines the advantages of small town life, proximity to the natural beauty of the Adirondack mountains and lakes, and a sophisticated arts, music and events scene.
Glens Falls is friendly and affordable with a charming downtown, a strong sense of community, and the pace of a small town. The schools are good, the crime rate is low and the air is clean. Recreation is affordable and accessible for everyone.
Glens Falls is in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and it has all the beauty and recreation that people look for in a vacation destination right here all year round. Here are some of the recreational opportunities within a few miles of downtown:
-Cole’s Woods in downtown Crandall Park has free world-class, lighted, groomed cross country ski trails (first in the US) in winter and running and mountain bike trails year round
-West Mountain is a 125-acre family ski resort with 30 ski trails, a terrain park and a tubing park five minutes from downtown (Gore Mountain, a much larger ski mountain, is an easy 40-minute drive)
-The Warren County Bike Path is a beautiful wooded bike path that leads right to the southern tip of Lake George and connects with a larger network of trails in the region
-Multiple small nature preserves with trails for walking, running, biking and snowshoeing are sprinkled in every community
-Lake George is 32 miles long and considered by many to be the most beautiful lake in the country (called the Queen of American Lakes by Thomas Jefferson) with clean water, mountain views and endless opportunities for boating, swimming, water sports, along with picnicking or camping on the many islands on the lake
-Adirondack Park has more than 6 million acres and features the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states, with breathtaking mountains and lakes perfect for hiking, camping, boating and swimming and almost every kind of outdoor recreation
Glens Falls has a vibrant arts, music and festival scene with these highlights and more:
-The Hyde Collection, a world class art museum, housed in the beautiful historic Hyde family home. The permanent collection includes classic works by Rembrandt, Picasso, El Greco, Botticelli, Van Gogh, Renoir, Degas, and Cezanne as well as modern works by Motherwell, Warhol, Nevelson and Albers. The on-site curator provides tours and coordinates travelling exhibitions and educational programs
-The Charles Wood Theater, a 300-seat downtown theater that is home to the Adirondack Theater Festival, the Adirondack Film Festival, and Glens Falls Community Theater, hosts music, dance, theater and comedy all year
-Glens Falls Symphony Orchestra, The Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC), The Troy Shirt Factory (home to multiple craftspeople and artisans), Crandall Public Library and multiple small arts groups
-Family-friendly festivals throughout the year, including the Adirondack Balloon Festival, Oktoberfest, Taste of the North Country, Glens Falls Beer Festival, the Lake George Elvis Festival, the LARAC Arts Festival, Lake George Music Festival, Lake George Triathlon Festival, Lake George Winter Carnival, Beans ‘n Bands, and many more
Nearby Saratoga Springs (less than 20 minutes away) offers the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), which is the summer home for the NYC Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga, and has live jazz and many Live Nation Concerts. Saratoga also has the famous mineral baths, the Saratoga (Thoroughbred) Race Course, Skidmore College, and many fabulous dining and shopping options.
– Coopers Cave – According to lore, this cave served as the inspiration for the famous romantic novel by the 19th-century American novelist, James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans.
– Queensbury, NY, was established as a town in the pre-independence era. It is now continuous with Glens Falls, and home of some excellent schools.
– Glens Falls, NY, was named Hometown USA by Look Magazine in 1944 and made the fortunes of many early industrialists who harnessed the power of the falls to run their mills (especially paper); today the falls power hydro-electricity. These nouveau-riche families created many options for luxurious, now reasonably priced housing.
Haviland’s Cove – Some of the clearest waters of the Hudson can be enjoyed here where the Hudson flows fast before tumbling over the falls.
Glens Falls – These 30 foot falls, can be enjoyed best from the bridge, Mohican Street or Cooper’s Cave.
Feeder Canal Trail – The trail cuts through urban and wooded areas, supporting your healthy lifestyle.