NY Route 30: The Adirondack Trail: Speculator & Lake Pleasant

Speculator & Lake Pleasant

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Speculator is the first, and only, village you encounter in Hamilton County (2nd largest county in New York State: over a million acres of forest wilderness; smallest full time population: 5500) on top of a long mountain upgrade north of Wells. Our NY Route 30 is a fast, scenic road south of Wells as it goes through Montgomery, Fulton and Lower Hamilton Counties, but it's nothing remarkable. There it is relatively flat and straight, no hard hills or bends and very wide in some places. Then, about 3 miles north of Wells hamlet, you pick up NY Route 8 East on the right and it is now it's NY 30 & 8 to Speculator Village. Coincidentally, the junction is also next to the confluence of the East and Center Branches of the Sacandaga River. From the junction with NY 8, it now becomes a real Adirondack Trail road as it climbs from 1000' to 1800' to Speculator Village. As it climbs up to Speculator, it follows the Center Branch of the Sacandaga River on a great grade cut out of the side of Burnham Mountain, west of the river. You pass the access trails Auger and Austin Falls here. But watch out on the return trip south to Wells; it's steep and fast, very easy to get up to 75 mph if careless, ask the Hamilton County Sheriffs! Parts of the old route, closer the river either paved and dirt, can be accessed for short parts. Most of the land that you pass through, between Wells and Speculator, is paper company land, but the land between our route and river are open for day use and hunting through easement. East of the Sacandaga River is the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area. North from Speculator to Indian Lake, the road is really great, but count on a lot of steep grades and hard bends as it winds through the mountains and by the lakes. There is a big hill, about a 500' climb, northbound from the village center towards Indian Lake. Hey, think of it as a challenge to your car and skills from here on. Most of the land is alongside NY 30 is now state land, except where it is posted otherwise.(Don't assume, check!)

Lake Pleasant and the Village Beach Lake Pleasant and the Village Beach
Wireless Hotspot Lanes Emporium, in front of Charlie Johns & the post office has free wireless. That is at the junction of NY 30 & 8
Speculator Street Map Speculator Street Map Click Here for Topographic Map of Village!

Speculator Village is on scenic Lake Pleasant, surrounded by mountains, and is home to great ice fishing and snowmobiling on hundreds of miles of trails, as well as xc skiing and skating. But at 1800' above sea level, pack the winter gear and clothes, you're in the the cold belt now! Lake Pleasant is fed by the Center Branch of the Sacandaga River. The lake is three miles long and two miles wide at a level of 1724 feet above sea level. The state stocks fish in it each spring. Just west of Lake Pleasant and north of NY 8 West, is Sacandaga Lake, not to be confused with the Great Sacandaga Lake in Fulton County by Northville/Mayfield.(I guess lake and mountain names tend to be re-used a lot in the 'Daks). Following the Sacandaga River north-east of town, downhill towards Wells, is the village x-country ski trail running alongside a snowmobile trail. It can be accessed by the village arena parking lot, across from the town beach. See map! There is a small family owned ski area east of the village center at the junction of NY 8 West. In the village center, there is pretty good shopping for a mountain village. Watch for deer on winter nights, I've had to shoo them away so I could get out of my parking space, in the village center! You can spend a wonderful day on all the lakes. Of course if you have a yacht you may want to find a bigger body of water. There are Ferretti Yachts for sale online that have innovative designs.

Speculator Town Beach on NY 30 Speculator Town Beach on NY 30

The Pig Rock, about 6 miles north of Speculator The Pig Rock
About 6 miles north of Speculator

Participating Establishments
12164 Zip Code 518 Area Code

Alicia C. Miller Real Estate, Inc. Deborah L. Abbot-Forgione, Corporate Broker
1330 Main Street, NY 30, P.O. Box 328, Wells N.Y. 12190
Serving Southern Hamilton County
A Name You Can Trust since 1982 by Representing Southern Hamilton counties finest properties. Let us represent yours. We Cover Benson,Hope,Wells,Speculator, Lake Pleasant, Piseco, Morehouse and Indian Lake. Piseco & Oxbow Lake
PH: 518-924-4255   FAX: 518-924-4212
Alicia C. Miller Real Estate, Inc, in Wells.

Winter at the Cedarhurst
Webmaster Recommended Cedarhurst Motor Lodge NY Routes 8 & 30, Village Center
open year round, 24/7 service, free in-room coffee
Cable TV with HBO, great for snowmobilers
Free local calls, walk to the beach and x-country ski trails, downhill slopes < 1 mile away
Your Host, Bob Kuikens
Phone: 518-548-6064, 518-548-8427 email

Charlie Johns Supermarket Charlie Johns Supermarket "The Most Unique General Store in the Adiriondacks"
Junction NY Routes 30 & 8 West
Speculator Village Center
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM | Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM
Full service deli and bakery, produce, meats
Camping supplies, gifts, ammo, tackle, DVD rentals
Best selection of Adirondack books
Phones: 518-548-7451 | 888-548-7455 | Email Us

Mountain Market in Speculator Mountain Market of Speculator Village Gas Station, Brick Oven Pizza, Deli, Beer, Wine Coolers, Groceries, Propane Exchange Tanks
NY Routes 30 & 8 Speculator Village Center
Open Year Round from 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM.
We serve hot breakfasts, lunches. dinners and pizza all day.
We are the only gas station on Route 8 between Chestertown + Poland, over 90 miles!
We have 91 octane ethanol-free gasoline and diesel fuel too
Phone: 518-548-4820  

Speculator Department Store "The 2nd Most Unique Store in the Adiriondacks"
ON NY 8 west of jct. NY 30, in village center
Speculator Village Center
Open daily 9AM - 5PM, accessible by snowmobile.
Pendleton®, Carrhart®, Woolrich®, Columbia® sportswear, Helly Hansen® and other fine clothes
gifts, art, some camping supplies
Best selection of Adirondack books
Phone: 518-548-6123 | Email Us
Speculator Department Store