North Country School is located in the beautiful 6-million acre Adirondack Park, which is home to 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 2,300 lakes and ponds, 2,000 miles of hiking trails, and the tallest mountain in the state, Mount Marcy.
Created in 1892, the Park is a patchwork of small communities and vast, expansive forests and waterways that provide endless opportunities for exploration, relaxation, and education. North Country School is located in one of the most dramatic areas of the Adirondacks, the stunning High Peaks. Avid hikers flock to this region to climb the 46 High Peaks, the 46 tallest mountains in the Adirondacks, most of which are over 4,000 feet in elevation. Cascade Mountain, the 36th tallest High Peak at 4,098 feet, stands proudly over our campus, greeting everyone with its majesty and serving as a gentle reminder of the challenges and beauty that surround us.
Nearby Lake Placid is a popular vacation destination, and it holds the distinction of hosting the Winter Olympic Games twice, once in 1932 and again in 1980. The Village of Lake Placid offers excellent accommodations, ranging from rustic, lakeside inns to resort hotels with golf and tennis, as well as wonderful restaurants, shops and museums. Lake Placid is dotted with Olympic venues, where international skiers, skaters and luge athletes train and compete year round.
Visitors enjoy majestic mountain views, pristine lakes and endless recreational opportunities. As a four-season destination, Lake Placid draws hikers, cyclists, triathletes, golfers, equestrian, and snow sport enthusiasts. Nearby Whiteface Mountain is New York’s premier ski resort, boasting the highest vertical drop in the Eastern U.S.
Lake Placid is reached by car in five hours from either Boston or New York or two hours from the international airports in Montreal, QC, Albany, NY, or Burlington, VT. Limited scheduled service is available at the regional airport in Saranac Lake, NY.