Welcome to Wilmington New York, home of Whiteface Olympic Mountain and the legendary Ausable River.
With a population of approximately 1,100 year-round residents residing around 1000 feet above sea level Wilmington and the town along with the surrounding area attracts people who are looking for great access to downhill skiing and a respite from the busy hubbub of Lake Placid.
Besides immediate access to Whiteface Mountain skiing and hiking, the area offers wooded terrain with views of mountains and more mountains. Quick access via Route 9N in Keene allows many secondary homeowners added convenience for commuting up for long weekends or frequent vacations. It is also located between Lake Placid and Plattsburgh, NY, so our Canadian homeowner’s appreciate the ease of its location as well.
Wilmington, New York real estate options...
The Wilmington region offers various alternatives for home buyers. There are cabins in the woods, homes in the mountains, chalets and riverfront homes all within a few minutes to the Olympic Whiteface Mountain. The town of Wilmington is situated approximately 15 minutes from Lake Placid through the glorious Wilmington Notch running along the West Branch of the Ausable River on Route 86. Easy access from the Northway Interstate 87 from Route 9N and more affordable real estate opportunities. Prices range from mid one-hundred thousands to one million for mountain top homes.
What to do once you arrive in Wilmington, New York?...
Keep in mind that Lake Placid, New York and the surrounding area has hosted the Olympics twice now in 1932 and 1980 so we are sports orientated and the various attractions begins with the Whiteface Olympic Mountain.
For a more placid trip in the warmer months, you can enjoy Whiteface Mountain several ways. Take a drive up our "old glory" via the Veterans Memorial Highway to the Whiteface Mountain Observatory. It is 8 miles of scenic beauty whereas at the top you can access the Observatory via a trail or an elevator. You can see for miles and miles. On the other hand, another way to access the top is via the Gondola rides available in the summer months from the base lodge.
Whiteface Mountain with its 3,430-foot vertical drop is the greatest skiing and snowboarding east of the Rockies. Besides the Cloudsplitter Gondola with a 7 ½ minute comfortable ride up to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain or Face Lift, a high-speed quad chair in approximately 6 minutes connecting skiers to the top of the mountain there is Zaugg Pipe Monster, a half-super pipe with 18-foot walls. Check out the new ski trails called Look Out Mountain with an elevation of 4000 feet! Kids Kampus, is newly renovated with a 250 foot Magix Carpet conveyor lift running along the surface of the snow. Enough to keep you and the kids busy for the day?
There are also several hard ways to access the mountain and all its glory. One is the Annual Whiteface Mountain Uphill Foot Race and Bike Race on the highway in June! You can obtain more info about these races at whitefacerace.com. Alternatively, another via winter, spring, summer, or fall is to hike up the mountain. Several hikes are available with the most difficult being up the eastern slope accessed off the Veterans Memorial Highway near the Reservoir. Easier hikes accessed off Route 86 bring you past The Landing on Lake Placid and Copperas and Winch Ponds up and near the backside slides. It is such great exercise! In the warmer months, there is High Falls Gorge with 700 feet of waterfalls with winding footpaths or you can cross-country ski in the winter.
Onto the incredible fishing in the East Coast´s premiere Trout Stream, the West Branch of the Au Sable River. A gorgeous river it offers the novice and experienced angler a variety of water conditions. There is a special five-mile catch and release section and this year another two miles were added, with native trout so novice anglers will have great fishing most any day. There are licensed guides available to take you to special sections of the streams and free fly-fishing seminars on weekends. Check out adirondackflyfishing.com
Whether it is swimming, fishing, or kayaking in the Ausable to more strenuous activities such as mountain biking on Whiteface Mountain you can find more details about things to do in this area of the Adirondacks by going online to whitefaceregion.com. Don't forget High Falls Gorge, the ancient valley of foaming waters! If you would like to investigate real estate offerings, click on the button Start The Process found on each page of my website. This is my link to the Adirondack Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and offers many options for real estate. Either a "camp" dwelling nestled in the woods, a new construction Adirondack Style home to a log home with large acreage I can find it for you.