Fun Jackson Lake “Neighborhood” Facts about the Adirondacks

There are a lot of interesting facts about Jackson, NY. Things that even some of the locals may or may not be aware of. There are common knowledge facts, such as the town is thought to be teapot shaped, and that it was named after the seventh president back in 1815. The location is perfect for those seeking outdoor adventure, so let’s discover some fun facts!

Jackson is History Filled & Family Owned

This town features a total of three historic covered bridges and is surrounded by a good number of lakes. There are plenty of sites for camping in the woods, with multiple campgrounds available, which is why it makes a great choice for outdoorsy people. There are also a ton of summer cottages that are beautifully designed from the ceiling to the carpets.  All these homes in and around the nearby lakes keep this quaint town alive.

The town’s primary industry is agriculture, and Jackson has plenty of farms strewn about the hillsides where acres of trees were removed to open space for farming crops over the generations. The interesting part about the farms themselves is that most of the farms have been operated by the same family. Not just for a few years, but for over a hundred years, the same family has owned them.

Don’t Forget the Surrounding Areas!

There are so many things to do around Jackson, NY as well. The Adirondack region, in particular, is known for its hiking opportunities, but there is so much more to the area! There are a lot if activities to choose from, but here are some of the best fun facts for the area near Jackson Lake.

The source of the Hudson originates in the Adirondacks.  The origin is located Mount Marcy, flowing from one of the over 3000 Adirondack bodies of water called Lake Tear of the Clouds. Marcy. This lake is located at an elevation of 5,344 feet, which may not seem high to you compared to the Rocky Mountains, but given that New York City which is only 5 hours away is at sea level, it is still amazing that the top of Mount Marcy is often above the clouds in the New York sky.

Believe it or not the mountains in the Adirondack range continue to grow at a rate that is even faster than the rate that Asia’s Himalayas are growing.  The Adirondacks continue to rise higher increasing in elevation at a rate of a foot approximately every century!

Lake Placid

Another fact, Lake Placid, which is located the far northern end Adirondack State Park, is known to be among three locations that have hosted the Olympic winter games multiple times. Lake Placid hosted the games in both 1932 and 1980.

Adirondack State Park

The entire state of Massachusetts is smaller than the New York’s Adirondack State Park. The park spans a whopping 6.1 million acres and could fit several National Parks inside its massive length. This makes it not such a surprise that it is the largest park area included in the lower 48 United States. A great place to walk your dog, go for a run, hike in the woods, and many other activities! Last but certainly not least is one more fun fact. The Prospect House, a hotel that was built into Blue Mountain Lake was the very first hotel in all of the United States to operate with electric lights!

There are many other fun things to learn about the area, whether you are a local, or traveling, be sure to take some time to learn about the area. You will be glad that you did. So feel free cruise, 4 wheel or hire a driver and enjoy the scenery as you travel!