Recreation Facilities & Adventure

Situated on 14,000 acres in the heart of the Adirondacks, Paul Smith’s College has put its surroundings to good use. One of the greatest benefits of living in the Adirondacks, and our specific campus location, is being at the forefront of one of the largest canoe areas in the northeast, the St. Regis Canoe Area. Abundant, remote paddling opportunities and miles of hiking trails are at your disposal. Here you will find something for everyone.

Adventure Guides

Our Adventure Guide service offers a broad range of outdoor programs for students, youth, families and a wide variety of groups. These experiential learning environments foster character and leadership development to prepare you to contribute to the greater good in your community and the world.

Let the Conference Services team help create your next unique experience during your stay on campus.

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Recreation Facilities

The Saunders Sports Complex offers a fitness center with both cardiovascular and strength equipment and an indoor rock wall and bouldering cave.

Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club

The Saranac Inn Golf & Country Club is 12 miles from Paul Smith’s College, a short 15-minute drive.

Culture & History

Our close proximity to hopping cultural and tourist destinations like Lake Placid — two-time host of the Winter Olympics — and Saranac Lake allows you to add on to your trip by exploring Olympic venues, shopping downtown or walk on the wild side at the Wild Center located in Tupper Lake.

Another opportunity to explore the culture of our area is by visiting the Six Nations Indian Museum, just a few miles down the road from Paul Smith’s College. Here you will find over 3,000 artifacts related to the culture of the Six Nations as well as various lectures and gifts.