North Creek This Week, Ending July 25, 2021

North Creek This Week, Ending July 25, 2021

North Creek This Week, Ending July 25, 2021.  There is plenty to do in North Creek and the surrounding area this week!  Hopefully the rain will hold off for many outdoor events activities and attractions.  But if you need some indoor fun – discover our resident Glass Blower – Greg Tomb – more information here.  Also Tannery Pond Community Center has a slate of activities including a great play on Saturday night, Kids Art at the Farmer’s Market and a gallery show – scroll down for more information.  Also Support The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) at a concert in Minerva featuring Dan Berggren, Saturday July 24, 4-6PM – more info below.  Lastly – don’t forget The North Creek Farmer’s Market on Thursday 2-6PM – More Farmer’s Market Info Here.
And enjoy North Creek’s newest Dining Venue – A-OK Hot Dogs near Riverfront Park and the Farmer’s Market – give them a taste!


Well the rain has stopped – for now!  Enjoy any of these sunny, rain-free days that you can.  Hiking and mountain biking are a little muddy in spots, and many stream crossings are challenging – but conditions should dry out with a few good sunny days.  You would also want to USE CAUTION on any swimming trips that might have been impacted by the high water levels  The good news is that all this rain has produced a phenomenal river level for whitewater rafting on the Upper Hudson River.  Rafting is always fun – but this is Spring levels with Summer weather and warm water!  Get out there!  Here’s the weather for the week – and for more weather information visit our weather page.  Weather Page for more info CLICK HERE.

Rafting, Tubing, Canoes and Kayaks

This is as good as it gets!  Recent rains have swelled the Upper Hudson to Spring levels!  Enjoy one of the best raft trips in the East with high water and Summer weather – it doesn’t get much better!  Find your outfitter, get more information, watch a video.  Check with individual outfitters for tubing options.  Tubing is usually run from North River to North Creek when the dam release arrives in North River, afternoons – Tue, Thu, Sat and Sun.  But with the higher water other times may be possible.  For guided and unguided canoe and kayak rentals – check with Beaver Brook Outfitters – 518-251-3394.
Rafting Page for more info CLICK HERE.

Rev Rail, Gore Mt, Garnet Hill Outdoor Center

RevRail, North CreekRev Rail is kicking off its third season as the premier railbiking experience in North Creek, and is now offering two different trips – the South Run and a North Run, both along the Upper Hudson River.  Rev Rail is very popular!  So, make online reservations as soon as you can.  They do run rain or shine – so rain gear is a good idea (especially this summer!).  Who can go?  Just about anybody!  Check out the Rev Rail page here with links to their website.

Gore Mt. is off and running for their Summer Season with chairlift and gondola rides Thursday – Sunday.  Other activities include hiking, downhill mt. biking, disc golf and more.  July 22-25: Scenic skyrides are scheduled for the Northwoods Gondola on Thursday and Sunday, and aboard the Adirondack Express Chairlift on Friday and Saturday.  More Info on Gore’s Summer Operations CLICK HERE!

Garnet Hill Lodge is in full swing with Mountain Bike trails and rentals, guided hikes and Yoga Programs.  Yoga Programs are held Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  Call the Garnet Hill Outdoor Center (open daily 9-5) for more information 518-251-2150.  Outdoor Center information hereGarnet Hill is also a Lodge and Restaurant and hosts a great Friday Happy Hour (5-7PM) This week at the Bobcat Cafe in the Outdoor Centermore information here. 

More Event Information

Click an image below for more event information.  For additional Tannery Pond Community Center Event or Gallery Information and Tickets visit the Tannery Pond website here


Dining and Live Music

Music By the River – Sat. 7/31 – Stony Creek Band 6-9PM
Becks Tavern – Fri, 23 July, Michelle and Tyler, 6 pm.  Sat, 24 July, Finger Diddle, 5 pm.  Sun, 25 July, Julia Rose, 4 pm
Basil and Wicks – Sunday, 7/25, Dave Hyde 3-6PM
Benefit Concert – Dan Berggren at the Minerva Pavillion Sat 7/24, 4-6PM, Benefit for The Community Fund for the Gore Mt. Region

See all the Dining Updates for the week Here  Or Click the Image Below

North Creek This Week, Ending July 18, 2021

North Creek This Week, Ending July 18, 2021

North Creek This Week, July 18, 2021

Summer is here and there is something for everyone in North Creek!  Recent rains have jumped up the water level in the Hudson River making for spectacular Summer Rafting at Spring Levels!  And of course it is firefly season in the area – enjoy this magic of nature.  Read on – follow some links and have a great vacation or getaway!  Starting this weekend is Music by the River FREE Concert – Saturday, July 17, 6-9PM at Riverfront Park – awesome music by Maggie’s Clan (formerly called Hellcat Maggie).  Scroll down watch a video preview!  Also – find dining and entertainment options – Scroll Down!


Weather forecasts are important for outdoor recreation planning.  Here is the weather for the week.  For more weather information visit our Weather Page CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Fun – Rafting!

Get out there!  We’ll start with whitewater rafting – because it’s AWESOME!  Recent rains have the river cranking!  Here’s the links you need.  Whitewater Rafting Outfitter Directory  |  Rafting FAQ  |  Rafting Video.  Outfitters are also offering tubing and rafting from North River to North Creek – contact Adirondack Adventures, Beaver Brook Outfitters and Hudson River Rafting Company – Contact Info on the Outfitter Directory CLICK HERE!
Don’t miss out!  Flood watch – let’s go rafting!  Recent photo left from Beaver Brook.   New – canoe and kayak trips and rentals on 13th Lake – contact Beaver Brook Outfitters.

Outdoor Fun – RevRail, Gore Mt., Hiking and Mt. Biking!

RevRail is again very popular this Summer (Operating Daily) and lots of visitors enjoying the new South Route!  RevRail is very popular and it is advisable to make reservations WELL in advance of your visit.  Reservations for RevRail can be made on their Website – CLICK HERE.  RevRail can be enjoyed by anyone – There is NO age minimum for RevRail.

Gore Mt. is open for Sky Rides Thursday thru Sunday.  On mountain activities include hiking, downhill Mountain biking, and disc golf.  In addition Gore hosts interpretive walks at select times.  Read more about Gore Mt and the complete Summer schedule here

Hiking is just about endless in the North Creek area!  We are the gateway to the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.  Check out the Hiking Info below for short family hikes to all day adventures.  Mt. Bikers have great options at Garnet Hill Outdoor Center, Ski Bowl Park and at Gore Mt. (downhill biking).  Both Garnet Hill and Ski Bowl Park are free!  Garnet Hill has a new selection of Mt. Bikes for rent.  Click a link below for more information.

Dining and Entertainment!

North Creek and environs have a great variety of dining and entertainment options for this weekend – click the link below – or here – for more specific information on all our dining and entertainment options.

North Creek Farmer’s Market – Thursdays CLICK HERE Tannery Pond Community Center CLICK HERE Shopping/Services Info CLICK HERE  

Click A Link Below for Additional Information

North Creek Summer Vacation Guide!



Rails, Trails, Sky Rides and River Fun!

The North Creek Area has it all for Summer Fun!  Try rail biking with RevRail – enjoy 2 different routes along the Upper Hudson River – absolute fun for all ages!  Trails abound for hiking and mountain biking – or just leisurely walks in the woods.  Our town – The Town of Johnsburg is at the edge of the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails, endless miles of streams and scores of remote lakes and ponds.  Backcountry adventures for camping and fishing are indeed endless!  North Creek is the Southern Terminus for the Upper Hudson River and whitewater rafting and tubing adventures!

Music By The River 2021! 7/17, 31 & 8/14, 28  Wayne Stock 2021!

Click a Link:  Weather  |  Shopping  |  Dining  |  Lodging


RevRail Info CLICK HERE            Whitewater Rafting Info CLICK HERE            Gore Mt Info CLICK HERE  

Click on an activity or attraction below for more information.

North Creek Spring Vacation Guide

North Creek Spring Vacation Guide

North Creek Spring Vacation Guide!

Well, the snow is melting, waters are warming and Spring is coming to the Mountains!  After a long winter – (They’re all long!) – greening grass, flowers, and warm temperatures are pushing the calendar toward Summer.

 Best bets for Spring are fishing, whitewater rafting, RevRail rail bike tours, hiking and mountain biking.  

More links:  Weather  |  Shopping  |  Dining  |  Lodging  |  Gore Mt.

Click on an activity or attraction below for more information.

North Creek – Winter Fun Guide!

North Creek – Winter Fun Guide!

Winter Fun Guide

North Creek has always been a Winter Sports Mecca mostly due to our location adjacent to the Skiing Facilities at Gore Mt. Ski Center. Recent Covid constraints have seen a surge in outdoor recreation interest and have forced some additional restrictions at Gore Mt with some limits imposed on Lift Ticket and Season Pass Sales. So, here is a compendium of other great Winter activities and attractions in the North Creek area and beyond! Most businesses and all indoor spaces require mask use and social distancing.  For Additional Alpine Ski Areas consider Oak Mt, Speculator, NY (35 miles), or West Mt., Queensbury, NY (35 miles).  They may or may not have available tickets.  Check their websites:
Oak Mountain  |  West Mountain

Read about local restaurants, take-out food during Covid CLICK HERE!


This is the Winter equivalent of hiking during the warm months. You can visit a remote pond, top out on a mountain summit, or just take a walk in the winter woods. Most everyone can snowshoe, even kids! That said – some basics of winter recreation are in order. Dress the part – you will need warm winter boots, and layers of mostly non-cotton clothing. Alpine skiing clothing will generally fill the bill, but the large bulky parka will probably be too much as you warm up. Other essentials include a small day pack, extra clothing – warmer gloves, winter hat, water, snacks, and especially this time of year – A HEADLIGHT or flashlight.

Where to go? Many of the favorite Summer hiking trails are perfect for snowshoeing! The North Creek Area is adjacent to the 114,000 acre Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area with over 70 miles of mapped and marked trails. Use our Hiking Guide to select an adventure. These are more than casual walks especially if you are breaking trail (the first ones after a big snowfall). Additional trails are available off the Schaefer Trail (Parking just outside the Transfer station near the ski bowl). Also see our Backcountry Ski and Snowshoe Map Here.

If you are brand new to snowshoeing – rentals and easy packed trails are available at the 2 Cross Country Ski Centers – Garnet Hill in North River and Ski Bowl Nordic at Gore on Rt. 28. The Ski bowl has a few Kilometers of snowmaking so it might be the best bet if many other trails are washed out or thin. Other rentals are available at Beaver Brook Outfitters and Cunningham’s Ski Barn. Another unique snowshoe venue is Stone Bridge and Caves in Pottersville with snowshoe rentals and guided tours. More Info, Click a link below:

Garnet Hill | Ski Bowl Nordic | Beaverbrook Outfitters | Cunningham’s Ski Barn | Stone Bridge and Caves

Cross Country Skiing

The North Creek area has 2 full service cross country ski centers with rentals, lessons, and groomed trails.

More Info, Click A Link: Garnet Hill Outdoor Center | Gore Mt. Ski Bowl Nordic | Backcountry Skiing

More Activities, Click a link:
Snowmobile Tours – C and C Tours, Chestertown
Sleigh Rides – Circle B Ranch, Chestertown

Best Rainy Day Activities Most indoor spaces are closed due to Covid Restrictions but The Wild Center in Tupper Lake is open with a spectacular light and music show on one of their trails. Well worth the 1 hour 15 min drive. But it is ALL outside – the indoor exhibits are not open (restrooms are open). More Info on their website The Wild Center

Sledding and Ice Skating!

The Town of Johnsburg Sledding Hill and Ice Skating are now Open!  Drive into the ski Bowl Park and take a left turn to the Beach.  Park here and access the sledding hill with a short walk to the right.  Ice Skating (loner skates available at the Pavilion) is on the pond and has been cleared of snow.

Sledding and Ice Skating – another great venue is Dynamite Hill in Chestertown

Covid-19 – Who’s Open, Best Practices, etc!

Covid-19 – Who’s Open, Best Practices, etc!

Covid-19, North CreekCovid-19 in North Creek! 

What’s Open, Dining – Eat-in and Take-out, Gore Mt. Protocols

The Coronavirus Pandemic has been a challenge for the North Creek business community and visitors alike.  But with sensible accommodation and following local, regional and national guidelines – we can all make it through this winter and just maybe have some skiing fun!  Generally assume that you are required to wear a face covering or mask in ANY indoor space this holiday period and beyond.

Click a Tab Below to Open for Additional Information

Restaurant, Bars, Food Stores Updated March, 2021Restaurant, Bars, Food Stores Updated June, 2021

Best Bet – CALL AHEAD – for updated days/hours

Adirondack Spirits Liquor Store (in the Tops Plaza, Main Street, North Creek) 518-251-3898
Everyday. Mon – Thurs 10-7, Fri & Sat 930-8, Sun 12-6

Basil and Wicks, 3195 Rt. 28  518-251-3100  4-8PM Fridays and 3-8PM Saturday, Sundays and Mondays – Eat-in and Take-outSpring Cleaning – Closed ’till May 27

Becks at Gore Mt. Lodge,  881 Peaceful Valley Road  |  518-251-5100  |  Open for Eat-in and Take Out  NEW – Becks Has Reopened  “Full Operation”!  Yurt will be open as well for the same days and hours. 

Black Mountain Lodge, 2999 State Route 8, North Creek, NY 12853  |  518-251-9937 
Black Mountain Lodge will be open for dinner from 5-8PM Thurs-Sun. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Give us a call 518-251-9937, for updated selections!

Chef Jake’s Take Out and Catering (At barVino), 272 Main Street, North Creek NY  |  201-403-1432  Phones open at 3:45PM for Take Out Orders Only.  Regular Thursday-Saturday Menu changes weekly – see barVino’s Facebook or Chef Jake’s Facebook for menu 

New!  Hey Days Restaurant – Pizza, Wings, More  |  267 Main Street, North Creek  |  518-251-4448, Take-out ONLY    More Info  Closed Tuesday & Wednesday  New!  Reopened! 

Chrissy’s Cafe, 296 Main Street  |  North Creek, NY 12853  |  518-251-9909
Open from 7AM-3PM.  Closed Thursdays

Full Belly Deli, 2378 State Route 28, Wevertown, NY 12886  |  518- 251-3663,
6:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Garnet Hill Lodge, 13th Lake Road, North River, NY 12856  |  518-251-2444
Open Daily – May 2021 – Log House is Closed for Renovations.  Food Service available at The Outdoor Center.  Take out and dine in. Outdoor Center – Call for Hours, menus  *518-251-2150

The Inn on Gore (takeout only) – Open for Take-Out Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Trappers Tavern at Phoenix Inn,
Trappers Tavern is open for dine-in and take out 7 days a week from 12:00 to 9pm. Reservations are required for 4 or more people. 
Breakfast is also available in our Dining Room from 8:00am to 11:00am open Saturdays and Sundays.

Tops Grocery Store, 273 Main Street, North Creek, NY 12853  |  518- 251-4669 
Sun 7am-7pm; Mon-Sat 7am-9pm

Barking Spider Bar/Restaurant, 302 Main St,  North Creek, NY  |  518-251-9911, Closed Tuesdays

Gypsy Pop Up Dinners at Izzy’s Deli, Main St. (Takeout Only, menu changes weekly).  We are open Valentine’s Day straight through Friday night. Sunday nights menu is added!  Our President’s week special is : *Daily soup, * Stuffed shells, * garlicky herb bread, *decadent dark chocolate brownie  |  518-251-3000  Facebook Page

Kiki’s Sweets …..In the little storefront attached to Bar Vino, Main Street  |  518-812- 4869
Open for custom orders onlyFacebook Page

Cafe Sarah Bakery Restaurant,

Marsha’s Family Restaurant

More stores, shopping, services CLICK HERE!

Gore Mt. North CreekAt Gore Mountain, our team is:

  • Undergoing a daily health screening prior to every shift.
  • Following guidelines recommended by New York State and CDC.
  • Implementing increased frequency of cleaning procedures and a deep clean at night.
  • Reducing capacity where necessary to maintain social distancing.
  • Placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.

When visiting Gore Mountain, please help us by:

  • Wearing a face covering (mask). These are required at all times while you are at Gore except for when actively skiing or when you are eating/drinking while seated.
  • Washing your hands often or using hand sanitizer when washing isn’t available.
  • Practicing social distancing.


  • Advanced purchase online is required for all lift tickets, lessons, and rentals.
  • The availability of tickets, lessons, or rentals for purchase at the mountain is not guaranteed, and you may not be able to ski without a pre-purchased ticket. It is recommended to purchase as far in advance as possible to guarantee the dates you’d like to visit.
  • Once you have an RFID-enabled SKI3 Card (one of our lift tickets), it can be reloaded for future visits online for convenient direct-to-lift access at any of our resorts: Gore, Whiteface, and Belleayre.

Arrival / Departure

  • Use our expanded drop off areas.
  • Please limit the number of individuals in your party utilizing our shuttle busses.
  • Do not leave children unattended at drop off areas.
  • Arrive as ready to go as possible, avoiding unnecessary indoor time.
  • Indoor storage space is limited; we encourage you to leave personal belongings in your vehicle.


  • Skiers that traveled to the mountain together can ride the lifts together.
  • Singles always have the option of boarding a lift alone.
  • Two singles will be loaded together on opposite ends of lifts that accommodate four or more people.
  • A face covering is required while waiting in line for lifts, for loading and unloading, and for the duration of your ride.
  • Windows in gondolas should remain open.
  • Please adhere to posted signage at lift areas, and the directions of our staff.

Food and Beverage

  • All indoor food and beverage locations will adhere to a 50% reduction in capacity. Tables are spaced at a minimum of 6’ apart.
  • Thank you for making room for others. Tables in food service areas can be occupied by those who have purchased food and beverage for up to 30 minutes in any location.
  • Please try to avoid the busier lunch hour of approximately 12 noon. Look for daily specials we will be serving during off-peak hours.
  • Individuals who are bringing their own food can use our outdoor spaces.
  • Food preparation, food sharing, and heating of food is not permitted.
  • No storing food at tables, locker rooms, or other public spaces. If you are bringing your own food, it should fit into a personal pack and not be left in the lodge. We do not allow large backpacks or coolers.


  • Wear a face covering at all times. Social distancing is required.
  • Please do not socialize inside.
  • If you need to store personal items inside, please use a locker or the shelving units and wall hooks provided. Consider leaving all of your personal items in your vehicle.
  • Personal items cannot be stored under tables or in areas other than lockers, shelving units, or wall hooks.
  • Restroom occupancies have been reduced by 50%. Outdoor bathroom facilities are available.

Snow Sports School

  • We will be having a phased opening for our snow sports programs.
  • Details are coming soon for all lessons and programs.
  • We require those taking lessons to complete a health screening 24 hours prior to the lesson.
  • Those taking lessons may ride the lifts together, provided that the required health screenings for both the instructor and all students have been completed.

Seasonal and Day-Use Lockers

  • Face coverings are required at all times. Please be efficient to get what you need and exit.
  • Locker fronts and locks will be sanitized nightly during the deep clean process of our lodges.
  • Please observe reduced capacities and wait for others to exit before entering locker areas. Please be courteous to your fellow skier.
  • Please limit your time inside and your locker room use.


  • Face coverings are required while waiting for the shuttles, and for the duration of a shuttle ride.
  • Windows will be open.

Child Care

  • We will not be offering indoor child care services this season. Please see information about snow sports programs for our youngest guests.

The Nordic Center

  • Please follow all protocols listed above.
  • Before each visit to The Nordic Center please sign in at the North Creek Ski Bowl Lodge.

Much More Info Visit Gore’s Website! Gore Mountain Covid Updates CLICK HERE!  

Garnet Hill North Creek2020-21 Winter Season at the Outdoor Center

Although COVID-19 is still with us, we plan to have our 50km trail network open as usual this winter. Below, you’ll find information on some of the changes we’re implementing for the 2020-21 winter season to keep our staff and patrons as safe as possible. Please read all of the information before arriving at the Outdoor Center so you’ll know what to expect.

Health and Wellness

Outdoor recreation, including Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing, is proven to improve mental and physical health. “Research is showing that being outside in a mountain environment can boost our immune systems as well as our mental health and well-being,” says Florence Williams, author of The Nature Fix: How Being in Nature Can Make us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.

Now more than ever, we all need to take time to unwind and relieve stress.  Snowsports are the ideal winter activity to help us with this, providing numerous proven health benefits to participants. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind.” The WHO says that physical activity increases strength and fitness, reduces the risk of cardiovascular and other physical ailments and improves mental health, specifically reducing the risk of depression*.

Use of the Outdoor Center Facilities

The Outdoor Center will not be open to the public, other than for equipment purchases with appointments booked in advance.  Users should be prepared to base out of their vehicles. We are selling passes and equipment rentals from service windows. We are offering private lessons only. We will have fire pits (weather dependent) outside for warming and outdoor toilet facilities for guest use. But be prepared to ski from your car.

Personal items cannot be left in the Outdoor Center and public cubbies will not be available for storage during the 2020-21 season.

Face coverings will be required while waiting to purchase passes, near fire pits unless eating, in areas where you cannot physically distance, and for the entirety of the lessons as well as if you have an appointment for equipment purchase.

We highly recommend online pre-purchase of passes and equipment rentals.

Season Passes

We have reduced the rates for 2020-21 season passes by $25 to acknowledge that not all of the usual facilities will be available.  Season passes for 2020-21 are available at a further discount through November 30. Passes can be purchased online by clicking on this link.  Season passes purchased prior to November 30 will be mailed out immediately if requested. 

Day Passes

Day passes may be purchased in advance online at a discount of $5 per pass.  Please print out your receipt or have it available on your cell phone when you arrive and pick up your pass at the ticket window.  Passes will be printed out in advance to keep wait times short. Please abide by the physical distancing markers to stay safe and wear your mask while waiting at the ticket window.

Equipment Rentals

We will still be offering equipment rentals this year, but pick up and return is taking place outside. It may be a good time to purchase a season-long rental from our online store.  Daily equipment rentals can also be made online and are recommended to guarantee equipment and reduce wait times. Complete the form online that includes your level of skill, your height, weight and boot size as well as the type of ski you wish to rent.


Lessons are available for all abilities and must be reserved ahead of time by calling our Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150. Only private or small group (5 or fewer people who are related or traveling together) lessons are available for the 2020-21 season. Any child 10 or younger must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the lesson. Face coverings will be required during all lessons.  Lessons are for one hour.

Equipment Purchases

Appointments are required for equipment purchases with one person allowed in the retail shop space with one sales person.  Appointment reservations may be made by calling the Outdoor Center at 518-251-2150.  A sample and description of equipment packages is available on our online store. This includes Classic, Skate and Backcountry ski packages. Face coverings will be required inside the retail shop and physical distancing will be mandatory for staff and patrons.

Ski Down Ride Back

Unfortunately we are not able to offer the shuttle bus service from the Rogers Road pick up back to the Outdoor Center this year.

The Sugarhouse Warming Hut will be available for skiers use but masks are required inside, skiers must maintain at least 6 feet of distance and given the limited space in the hut we ask guests to limit their time in the Sugarhouse.

Planning an overnight stay? Click here to see our COVID-19 Safety Measures for overnight guests >>

Garnet Hill Website CLICK HERE!