The Trailside got it's name because we're at the center of a recreational and scenic byway of exceptional interest and variety. So you can dine, dance, bike, hike, boat, fish, hunt, ski, snowmobile or ATV. Or not. Maybe you would just like to marvel at our great scenery, including the changing vistas of the four seasons. Wander around to sense the rich history of our area. Or you may just prefer to "do your own thing." Trailside and the Mountain View community offer everything from vigorous activity to restful quiet.
The nearest attraction, within walking distance, is our own High Falls, a compact series of waterfalls with spectacular scenes worth the visit in summer or winter. If you have just a little sense of adventure you can have an unusual bathing experience in the cool waters of the Salmon River at the base of the falls. Or check out the superb trout fishing both above and below the falls. Be sure to bring your camera, fishing pole and your swimsuit -- or not.It is also possible to take a round-trip tour of Mountain View and Indian Lakes.
It is also possible to take a round-trip tour of Mountain View and Indian Lakes.
Deer and other wildlife are often seen and hardly a day will pass without the sight of loons, ducks and blue heron furrowing the clear surfaces of Indian and Mountain View lakes, while bald eagles and osprey soar overhead.
Both lakes teem with perch, pike and largemouth bass, while the Big Salmon and innumerable smaller streams provide superior catches of speckled, brown and rainbow trout. This is also blueberry country.
The Mountain View bridge has been a local landmark since 1899. This is our traditional "front door" and we leave it wide open. You won't soon forget the view from the bridge -- shimmering Mountain View Lake and its breath-taking mountain backdrop.
Mountain View has a fascinating history. In 1857 New York State built a dam across the Big Salmon River to facilitate logging operations. The resulting hamlet was named "State Dam," but the name was soon changed, a tribute to the magnificent mountain views. Mountain View's hotels, lodges, rental cottages, boat liveries, restaurants, stores and post office made it a resort center of major importance from the late 19th century until the demise of the railroad in 1957.
Mountain View is now home to more than 500 summer residences, as well as Camp Overlook, operated by the Cooperative Extension Services, providing weeklong camping experiences on Indian Lake for children and young adults, with many outdoor activities planned year round. A small public swimming area is located just a few yards down the Beach Road from Camp Overlook.
Owls Head was originally called "Ringville" after its founder, Charles Ring, a prominent lumber dealer. Ringville was the center of a thriving lumber industry until about 1900, when the virgin stands of spruce and pine were exhausted. It was renamed Owls Head after the post office was established there is 1892. The name comes from the mountain that hovers over the hamlet, early settlers quickly recognizing the head of that wise old bird on its sheer rock face. A short climb in an unspoiled wilderness setting gains the summit, where the hamlet of Owls Head lies at your feet and the glory of the Adirondack range is spread out endlessly to the east, south and west above Indian and Mountain View Lakes. Take a flashlight and explore the entrance to the old iron mine, begun with high hopes, but soon abandoned.
Only ten miles north on route 27 and 25 is Malone, the "Star of the North." Along the way you'll have the opportunity to check out the historic old "Brick Church," the Titus Mountain Ski Center, the new multi-million dollar Malone Golf Club, and on the outskirts of Malone the 97 acre Memorial Recreational Park, with more outdoor activities and events then we can list here.
From Mountain View, Route 27 turns abruptly west towards Duane, ten miles away. After three miles the road crosses Hatch Brook, another very popular trout stream, perfect for an easy canoe trip down to the Salmon River and the Chasm Falls Reservoir. A longer and somewhat more demanding canoe trip, also with excellent fishing, takes you upstream on the Hatch. For a more strenuous daylong fishing trip by canoe, try Duane Stream, a short distance away on the California Road.
Three miles west of the Hatch Brook, Route 27 changes to "Old Highway 99," also County route 26, where a sharp left hand turn introduces you to a rambling stretch of paved road perfectly fashioned for a leisurely appreciation of natural beauty. This is the road to Loon Lake, 12 miles ahead. Only a tenth of a mile on, however, the second dirt road on the right leads straight to a public parking area and the trail to Debar Pond, a tiny looking glass of crystal clear water hemmed in by Baldface Mountain on the left, Loon Lake Mountain straight ahead, and Debar Mountain on the right, at 3305 feet the highest mountain in the immediate area. This scene is unsurpassed anywhere in the country.