Lumberjack Festivals in the Adirondacks

by Melissa McCormick
Choose from two lumberjack events in the Adirondack region of New York.

Choose from two lumberjack events in the Adirondack region of New York.

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The Adirondack region, often referred to simply as "The Adirondacks," is an 11-county region in northern New York state situated among the Adirondack Mountains, the Hudson River, the Canadian border on the north and Lake Champlain on the west. The region is a popular destination for tourists who enjoy outdoor activities, such as canoeing or skiing. The Adirondacks has earned a reputation as a lumberjack region. Therefore, residents in the area take full advantage of the title, hosting a lumberjack festival in the summer and another in the winter, filled with competitions, food and fun.

Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days

If you are visiting the Adirondack region in the summer, check out the Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days (, held for two days in July annually at Tupper Lake. Thousands of people gather around as hundreds of competitors take part in everything from tug-of-war to pole climbing to chain saw carving to axe throwing. There are also a variety of other events including parades, logging demonstrations, games and horse pulls, plus a list of events for kids to participate in such as obstacle courses, a watermelon eating contests and a water balloon-throwing contest.

Lumberjack Log Jam

If you are more of a winter person, visit the Lumberjack Log Jam at Gore Mountain Ski Resort. The festival is held for one day each year in December and hosts a variety of skiing and snowboarding competitions for both men, women and children. Competitors are judged on tricks, style and overall performance. In addition, the festival holds a rail jam in which people can slide down the slopes on a 20-foot long birch log.

Summer in the Adirondack Mountains

Take advantage of plenty of summer activities while you are in the Adirondack region for the Tupper Lake Woodsmen's Days. Fishing, canoeing, white water rafting, kayaking and biking are popular activities in the summer. The area also offers hundreds of public and private campgrounds, 2,000 miles of marked hiking trails and a scenic railway. According to the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, "National Geographic Traveler magazine listed the Adirondacks as one of the 50 best places in America."

Winter in the Adirondack Mountains

If you plan to attend the Lumberjack Log Jam in the winter, there are plenty of additional activities for you to take in while in the area. The northern, mountainous area brings plenty of snow. Therefore, the area offers a variety of lodging with scenic backdrops. Skiing, sledding and ice fishing are popular sports in the winter. In addition, consider attending a winter carnival, a World Cup event or a wine tasting during your winter stay. Or, go to Lake Placid and visit the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. There, you can see just what it's like to be an Olympian by trying your hand at the Lake Placid Bobsled Experience.

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