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Abandoned in New York

When it comes to urban exploration, New York has it all. The Empire State stretches across 54,555 square miles. Relics of the past can be found in every corner.

Upstate New York is filled with abandoned, out-of-the-way places. Each represents someone’s dream; a career; fond memories; a home; all quickly fading into the past. But explorers beware: while most of the following places are open to the public, some are restricted and you visit at your own risk.

Camp Beechwood

An abandoned Girl Scout camp deep in the woods is something from a horror movie, and you can experience it yourself in Upstate New York. In 1929 the Girl Scouts of America purchased 150-acres between Maxwell Bay and Sill Creek for use as a summer camp.

Unfortunately, rising tax rates, declining membership, and environmental factors led to the camp’s closure and sale in 1996. New York State bought the land but budget cuts forced it to designate the site as a preserve. The buildings were left to rot. The camp is remarkably well preserved for having been abandoned and accessible to the public for over two decades.

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Pied Piper’s Old Ice Cream Stand

Pied Piper’s old fashioned ice cream stand, at 3168 State Route 28 in Old Forge, New York, across the street from Enchanted Forest Water Safari, is known for their flavor “Adirondack Black Bear.” The Adirondack Mountains have been a vacation destination for over a century.

This picturesque region is home to 102 towns and villages and approximately 132,000 people. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this area annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter, and to see the beautiful autumn colors in the fall.

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Adirondack Hotel

The Adirondack Hotel, at 1245 Main Street in Long Lake, New York, is a true mountain lodge in the heart of the fabled Adirondacks. It was originally built in the 1850s, but reconstructed in 1900 after a devastating fire. The Adirondack Mountains have been a vacation destination for over a century. This picturesque region is home to 102 towns and villages and approximately 132,000 people. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this area annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter, and to see the beautiful autumn colors in the fall.

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Kalil’s Grocery

Also known as Adirondack Provisions, Kalil’s Grocery, at 169 State Route 28 in Inlet, New York, is a classic mom and pop store at the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. They offer a full deli in addition to their regular grocery stock. Check out the rustic architecture and hand-painted wooden sign. Inlet is a tiny town of just over 300 residents, but caters to the millions of visitors who vacation in the Adirondacks annually.

Kalil's Grocery aka Adirondack Provisions
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Sunset Park Motel

The Sunset Park Motel, at 71 Demars Blvd in Tupper Lake, New York, is a classic motor inn catering to vacationing families in the Adirondacks. It is conveniently located near The Wild Center, Raquette Pond, and the Raquette River. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this picturesque region annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter, and to see the beautiful autumn colors in the fall.

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Hoss’s General Store

Hoss’s Country Corner, at 1142 Main Street in Long Lake, New York, has been a vacationer’s destination in the Adirondack Mountains for over forty years. Ice, beer, bait, souvenirs, books, food—they sell pretty much anything you’ll need and are open year-round. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this picturesque region annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, skiing and snowboarding in winter, and to see the beautiful autumn colors in the fall.

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Deer Meadows Motel and Cottages

Deer Meadows Motel and Cottages, at 408 State Route 28 in Inlet, New York, on Seventh Lake, is another fine example of a family “motor inn.” The Adirondack Mountains have been a vacation destination for over a century. This picturesque region is home to 102 towns and villages and approximately 132,000 people. Seven to ten million tourists flock to this area annually to enjoy hunting, camping, boating, and fishing in the summer, and skiing and snowboarding in winter.