Description - Outdoor recreation is a key feature of Franklin County, New York. Lying between the northern counties of St. Lawrence and Clinton, this area boasts St. Regis Canoe Area, Debar Mountain Wild Forest, portions of High Peaks, Santa Clara Tract and hundreds of miles of interconnecting waterways. Once serving as a timber and mining area of the country, a network of old roads and trails leads to beautiful mountain vistas, fabulous turbulent waters and thrilling downhill descents for skiers and mountain bikers. Wildlife and natural scenery abounds. Large and small game are common sights with rare sights including snowshoe hare and moose. Quaint villages and bustling towns offer an array of overnight experiences and dining ranging from first-class to rustic.
- Franklin County enjoys balsam and spruce mountain ranges with heights from 2,000 to over 4,000 feet. Once serving as a timber and mining area of the country, a network of old roads and trails has opened up outdoor experiences from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Hundreds of miles of interconnecting lakes attract adventuresome paddlesport enthusiasts. Lakes in the county include Chateaugay Lakes, Everton Falls Preserve, Lake Kushaqua, Osgood Pond, Saranac Lakes, Raquette Lake, Lake Clear and more. The large wilderness area of Santa Clara Tract is one of three parcels purchased several decades ago by the Department of Environmental Conservation. This tract along with Tooley Pond Tract and Croghan Tract were sought after because of the crucial stretches of high quality recreational water. A mix of gently rolling hills and low mountains dominated by glacial formations and terraces characterizes the Santa Clara Tract. There are three major river drainages, the St. Regis, the Deer and the East Branch of the St. Regis. There are also numerous other streams, ponds, bogs and wetland areas. River corridors range from slow and meandering broad waterways to narrow rock-filled channels with thrashing falls and rapids. The beautiful forest includes a mixture of alders, holly, willow, red maple, balsam, white cedar and red spruce. Upland areas include hardwood such as birch and sugar maple with a mixture of soft white pine. Anglers find success along the many tributaries of the Deer River, St. Regis River, East Branch of the St. Regis River and Quebec Brook. These waters support thriving populations of wild brook trout. Wildlife thrives in the county. Quiet visitors are likely to spot black bear, white-tailed deer, coyote, fisher, muskrat, mink, raccoon, otter and perhaps even catch a glimpse of a snowshoe hare or moose. Waterfowl inhabit the region as well. Sights of osprey, common loon, bald eagle and a variety of perching birds including warblers, woodpeckers and flycatchers are commonly seen. In addition, visitors to Franklin County find interest in the Adirondack Fish Hatchery that raises a variety of salmon and trout species.
Recreation - Visitors to Franklin County, New York will find an assortment of year-round outdoor recreation. Hundreds of miles of interconnected lakes and rivers are very attractive to paddlesport enthusiasts and anglers. Hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy endless miles of rolling country roads stretching to mountain ridges and peaks. Campers will find an array of choices from private to public, primitive to developed. Franklin County hosts a challenging system of cross-country ski trails including Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake that offers lighted trails for night cross-country skiing. Downhill skiing is enjoyed as well featuring slopes for every level skier along with lighted slopes for night skiing. Ice skaters find warm lakeside fires while ice fishermen find heated lake huts. Winter carnivals abound featuring sporting events, ice sculptures, live entertainment, artisan wears and much more. Snowmobilers are at home in Franklin County enjoying miles of balsam and spruce-lined forest paths featuring trailside fuel and dining.
Climate - The Adirondacks has a varied climate with average January temperatures from below 14 degrees reaching to 18 Fahrenheit (below -10 to -8 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius). There are fewer than 100 days of frost-free growing season in the Adirondacks. Precipitation in the region ranges from 36 to more than 44 inches of rain and snowmelt. The southwestern slopes of the Adirondacks, Tug Hill in particular, receives more than 44 inches.
Franklin County is located along the northern border of the Adirondack Forest Perserve lying between St. Lawrence and Clinton Counties.