We want you to have lots of fun! During 2021 guests will be following social distance guidelines while using the recreational facilities (see COVID-19 page for updated information). Boats (canoes, kayaks, paddle boards), docks, sandy beach, clay tennis court, two game rooms, library, bicycles, basketball, lawn games, lodge porches, and sitting rooms with fireplaces are provided. Ask for our Hiking and Fishing Guidebooks in the Front Office (or access pdfs below). We can also advise you if you want to explore opportunities away from The Hedges.
Special programs offered just for our guests are announced in This Week at The Hedges which is available at the Office and Dining Room. In 2021 we were able to use our open-air Pavilion to safely offer many of our traditional group activities including BINGO, arts and crafts for kids, pastel painting, make your own ice cream sundae, and astronomy lecture with slides. Campfires are nightly outside the Dining Lodge with live music once each week. If possible, yoga, adult social hour, fly tying, forest ranger visit, birds of prey visit, and history talk will be re-introduced in the future. View a sample week schedule here!
If we took a vote, perhaps the most popular activity at The Hedges would be simply relaxing! Settle back with your favorite book or just watch the show that nature provides from a comfortable chair on one of our porches or decks.
After relaxing a bit you may wish to take one of our boats and explore Blue Mountain Lake with its many islands and hidden inlets. The adventure-some can paddle over to Eagle Lake and Utowana Lake. These lakes when combined with Blue Mountain Lake offer over seven miles of peaceful waterways and breathtaking beauty.
Crystal clear Blue Mountain Lake offers a wide variety of aquatic species for a great fishing experience. You can simply drop a hook off the shore or rent a motorboat from the Blue Mountain Lake Boat Livery. We can provide contact information for local fishing guides. Licenses are needed in New York State and can be acquired online here. A Fishing Guidebook is available in the Office and can be downloaded here!
The lake waters are spring-fed, clear and refreshingly cool. Enjoy a swim from our private sandy beach and swimming dock.
Tennis anyone? Grab your partner for an exhilarating game of tennis on our authentic clay court.
Nearby there are various trails to consider that are described in our Brief Guide to Hiking Trails near The Hedges, available at the Office and here. The trails vary according to distance from The Hedges, length of hike, ability level, and views. Some guests make a point of climbing Castle Rock or Blue Mountain every year, and others like to try new trails!
We also have an Accessible Recreation Guide that provides information on area trails, parks, and campsites for those with mobility challenges. There are numerous options in the area surrounding Blue Mountain Lake. The guide is available here, and also at the Office. Enjoy exploring!
Our open-air pavilion is the site of programs for guests such as pastel painting classes, Astronomy lectures and BINGO games. Ping pong can played any time there’s not a group program!
Our Game Room building features pool, ping pong, and foosball tables as well as board games and toys for younger children. Birch Room is also available for puzzles and board games. Have you tried Ring Toss?!
The Adirondack Park
You could spend your whole vacation at The Hedges without running out of things to do. However, there is a lot more to see and do within a short distance from The Hedges. The Adirondack Experience museum is located right here in Blue Mountain Lake. Hiking, canoeing and biking, as well as white water rafting let you get close to nature. Scenic railroads, sea plane tours, historical locations, cultural events, and an abundance of other activities will make your stay in the Adirondacks an unforgettable experience.
The Hedges is located in the middle of 6 million acres known as the Adirondack Park. Plenty of room to get out and explore. Click here to get more information on what the Adirondacks have to offer.