NY Route 30: The Adirondack Trail: Directions to Route 30

NY Route 30: Directions



From Albany and the East
From the West
From the West, through Utica
Along the Northway, I-87, from the south
Warrensburg via the Northway, I-87, Exit 23
Pottersville to NY 28N via the Northway, I-87, Exit 26
Lake Placid, Saranac Lake the Northway, I-87, Exit 30
From Montreal and the North
From Ontario and the North-West
Canada From I-87 Northway - PQ 15 South via NY 3
Canada From I-87 - PQ 15 South to Malone via US 11



From Albany

Get to I-890, either from the Thruway, NY Route 5 (Central Avenue) or Route 7 (Troy-Schenectady Road). Head on I-890 west through Schenectady all the way to the end at Route 5 in West Glenville. Head west, a left turn, on NY Route 5 towards Amsterdam and you can pick up Route 30 in downtown Amsterdam.

From the West

Take the Thruway, I-90, east to Exit 28, Fonda-Fultonville. Pick up NY Route 30A northbound, right turn, and take that through both villages and follow NY Route 30A up the hill towards Johnstown-Gloversville. A couple miles past the Wal-Marts in Gloversville, you'll come to the junction with NY Route 30, a flashing yellow light. Stay straight and the road will turn into NY Route 30 North.

From the West, through Utica

Get off at Exit 31, Utica of the NYS Thruway, I-90. Go through the ramps and get on NY Routes 8 & 12 northbound. You go straight up a huge hill on this fat expressway, quite a view of the western Mohawk Valley. Get off at NY Route 8 north and follow the route through state forest wilderness area once you get into the Adirondack Parks. Get supplies and gas before or in the Village of Poland, cause there is almost nothing till you get to Lake Pleasant - Speculator, 40 miles inside the park. NY Route 8 is so desolate, it makes my NY Route 30 seem like suburbia.

Off the Northway

Go up the Northway, I-87 to Exit 12 (Route 67, Ballston Spa) Take 67 through Ballston Spa all the way to NY Route 147 at the junction at Whitechurch hamlet. Take 147 north, right turn, through Galway village to NY Route 29. Take a left at the light and take NY 29 all the way to the junction with NY Route 30 in Vails Mill. You can also go to Exit 14 of the Northway I-87, and take NY 29 through Saratoga Spa City till the junction with NY Route 30 in Vails Mill. But between City of Saratoga Spa and some road construction, it is slower.

Warrensburg via the Northway, I-87, Exit 23

Go up the Northway, I-87 to Exit 23 on top of the mountain from Lake George. (US Route 9) Take US 9 north, a right turn, through Warrensburg all the way to NY Route 28 at the junction two miles north of Warrensburg. Take a left turn on NY 28, north-west, over the upper Hudson River and follow NY 28 to Indian Lake. NY 28 is a good, fast road that follows the upper Hudson River and has many fishing, rafting and swimming spots. In the Village of Indian Lake you will come to the junction of NY Route 30.

Pottersville to NY 28N via the Northway, I-87, Exit 26

Go up the Northway, I-87 to Exit 26, Pottersville, north of the Hague exit. Turn left or west and get on US 9 North and go about a quarter mile into Pottersville's downtown and go left at the junction on Warren County Route 18 to Olmstedville. When you get to Olmstedville, you will have crossed into Essex County and the road will be CR 29. At the stop with the flashing red, turn right or west towards Minerva. Don't follow the sign to NY 28N, that will take you to North Creek, unless you want to go to Indian Lake to pick up NY 30. Now you will be on Essex County Route 30 to Minerva. At NY Route 28N, "The Roosevelt-Marcy Trail", turn right or west. Past the hamlet there is a series of steep climbs and hard bends. You'll cross the Boreas Creek and the old rail line. Then, after the steep hills, you'll come to Newcomb, a big resort town and the start of the Hudson River. The road will be much flatter and faster in and after the Newcomb portion, but with tons of frost heaves, so watch it! After Newcomb's 45 MPH zone, 5 miles long, you'll go past the Whitney Stand and the experimental environmental area. Soon, you'll come to Long Lake and Hamilton County after crossing the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. In Long Lake, you stop and go straight for south or right for north on NY Route 30. This route is not recommended for trucks or bad weather, it is very challenging and a lonely piece of road at night or in a storm.

Lake Placid, Saranac Lake the Northway, I-87, Exit 30

Go up the Northway, I-87 to Exit 30, the High Peaks. Stop at the welcome center just before Exit 30, it's a cool place. At Exit 30, simply follow the signs to Lake Placid. You pick up NY 73 West and that road will take you on one of the most intense mountain drives in the state. That is the heart of the High Peaks and I could devote a website to it. Just before Lake Placid, you pass the Olympic Ski Jump. Take the first left fork off of NY 73 and follow the signs to Saranac Lake. You'll be on Essex County Route 20, The Old Military Highway. At the west end of the road, take a left on NY Route 86 West to Saranac Lake. In Saranac Lake Village, you'll come to the junction of NY Route 3 in front of the lake. Follow NY Route 3 West, or go straight if you want to go to Tupper Lake or Long Lake. You'll meet NY 30 about 15 miles west of Saranac Lake. Keep going straight and you'll be on NY 3 & 30 heading into Tupper Lake. Or keep on NY 86 West and you can get to NY 30 at Paul Smiths or Lake Clear Junction.

From Montreal City and the North-East

Go south through the city to the Honore-Mercer Bridge, PQ Route 138. Follow 138 south-west to the border at Trout River. Then it becomes NY Route 30. Follow the road south to Malone Village where you cross US 11. Continue south from Malone and you will shortly be in the Adirondack Park. This is a fast, desolate stretch of 30 until you get to the lake district south of Paul Smith College. Then there are a lot of mostly seasonal settlements and 25 mph bends till you get to the junction with NY Route 3. There you go right and follow NY 3 & 30 into Tupper Lake Village. If you head to America via the Northway, I-87

From Ontario and the North-West

Take Provincial 401 to the bridge at Cornwall, OP Route 138. Follow 138 south to the border at the bridge leading into Massena, NY. Then get on NY Route 37 east at the end of the bridge approach. You will shortly be in the Akwasasne Mohawk Reservation in Hogansburg. Follow the road south-east to Malone Village. NY 37 ends the junction with US 11 and NY Route 30. Go straight through the intersection and you're on NY Route 30. Continue south from Malone and you will shortly be in the Adirondack Park. This is a fast, desolate stretch of NY Route 30 until you get to the lake district south of Paul Smith College. Then there are a lot of mostly seasonal settlements and 25 mph bends till you get to the junction with NY Route 3. There you go right and follow NY 3 & 30 into Tupper Lake Village.

Canada From I-87 - PQ 15 South to Saranac via NY 3

Get off the Northway at Exit 37, NY 3, in Plattsburg, Take NY Route 3 West towards Saranac Lake through Bloomingdale. At the junction in Saranac Lake Village, you can take NY 86/186 West, turn right, and pick up NY 30 north in the Saranac Lake District about 10 miles north-west. For south on NY 30 follow NY 3 towards Tupper Lake Village. About 15 miles west of Saranac Lake, you'll pick up NY 30 on the right. Go straight and you will be on NY 30 south towards Tupper and Long Lakes.

Canada From I-87 - PQ 15 South to Malone via US 11

Get off the Northway at Exit 41, US 11 just south of the border. Take US 11 South towards Malone via Chateaugay. At the junction with NY 30 in Malone Village, turn left and you will NY Route 30 Southbound and ready to cover the whole Adirondack Parks part of the route. You're about 60 miles north of Tupper Lake here.