Heron Marsh from Shingle Mill Falls (27 September 2004)

Paul Smiths VIC Map Hike

Long Pond from near Control Point 11 (27 September 2012)Long Pond from the leon-to on the Long Pond Trail (Control Point 11) The Paul Smiths VIC has developed a Map Hike to provide individuals, families, and groups with another way to enjoy the VIC trails.  Participants purchase a kit for $8 in the VIC Gift Shop. The kit includes a control card and a map which with small red circles, numbered to indicate control points.  

Participants may visit the controls in any order they wish. There is no time limit on completing this activity. Take your time. It is a hike and not a race.  You can even complete the course in multiple visits.  Participants who fill in at least five control codes are eligible for prizes and a 10% discount on a compass at Blue Line Sports in Saranac Lake.


Explore the VIC

The Paul Smiths VIC offers a wide variety of programs throughout the year to educate and inform Adirondack Park residents and visitors about the natural wonders of the Adirondack Mountains. You can help support these programs by joining the Friends of the VIC. More information on Friends of the VIC memberships

Explore the Trails

The VIC trails are free and open to the public, from dawn to dusk, spring through fall. In winter, the trails are open to cross-country skiers and snowshoers for a fee. Day or season passes may be purchased.