Sunday, August 07, 2011
Whiteface Mountain is the fifth tallest in the Adirondacks. This mountain is special for several reasons. It stands alone, which offers a 360 view around, with views of Vermont and the skyline of Montreal on a clear day. It also hosted the downhill ski events of the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. What makes it a popular tourist attraction is the easy access. The Memorial highway to the parking area several hundred feet below the peak is a relatively easy drive. Along the way are a number of scenic overlooks with picnic areas. Biking up the highway is a popular activity and going downhill can only be described as exciting.
Once you reach the parking area, you have a choice between hiking up a trail to the summit or walking to the center of the mountain in a 450 foot tunnel and riding an elevator up 27 stories to the top of the mountain. It is a great way to spend several hours.
While in the area we camped in a 100 acre woods that is part of the North Pole Resort in Wilmington, NY, the sites are large an can easily accommodate any size rig. There are only approximately 60 sites with the rest devoted to wilderness with hiking trails. Many of the sites come with full hookups.
Several folks have asked how we decide on a campground. This is one of Anneke’s specialties. She starts by checking the usual campground books, with membership parks and Passport America being a prime consideration. Then she checks online at rvparkreviews.com to check others reviews. We also use a big rig book to see what may be available. After comparing all the options, including reading between the lines on the reviews, she then makes her selection. We have recently started using a site called allstays.com that has campground, highway info, truck fuel stop, and other useful information. In the northeast we have found a number of otherwise unmarked low bridge clearances that had we been driving the motorhome would have been a big problem. On this site, you can check, among other things, clearances on all roads by state.