On New York’s northern border, St. Lawrence County is a four-season destination, boasting miles of trail, over 200 lakes rivers and streams and a rich creative. From the banks of the St. Lawrence River to the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, the valley allows for light adventure and accessible outdoor activities like walking or snowshoeing to waterfalls, hiking or cross country skiing in state parks, atv riding or snowmobiling to mountain overlooks and fishing for dinner. 

One of New York’s newest trail challenges, the Great 8 Waterfall Crawl is a photographers dream for fall foliage and winter ice crystals. Family friendly, easy access by snowshoes or sneakers, and beautiful year-round. Whether you are just starting to explore trails, or you have a love for new outdoor experiences, this challenge is a fun way to discover a part of New York State without the crowds this fall or winter. 

Great 8 Challenge Badge

The interactive trails site www.STLCtrails.com allows you to plan, pull up trailhead directions and log your trails to earn your Great 8 Challenge Badge. A long weekend is all you need for the Waterfall Crawl, with trails nearby for a multi-day adventure. You can also check out the other two challenges – the Riverside Run, fun for trail running, snowshoeing or nordic skiing along 5 major rivers, and the Nature Nuts Challenge, where interpretive signs and lookouts bring you closer to nature.  

St. Lawrence County

Choose your own way to get active, relax, unwind and experience a no-stress vacation. A home away from home in a cozy hotel, bed & breakfast or vacation rental add to relaxation in St. Lawrence County. Evening entertainment such as live theater and music can be enjoyed at the Ogdensburg Command Performance, Community Performance Series or Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam – bring metropolitan culture to a rural landscape retreat.

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For a break from outdoor adventures, indoor museums are scattered throughout the County to spark your interest in art, play and nature. The Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg is the largest collection of Frederic Remington’s work, including famous western sculptures and paintings. The Nicandri Nature Center in Massena and North Country Children’s Museum in Potsdam provide a fun opportunity for the whole family, engaging hearts and minds in the wonders of true play. If your appreciation for local art is a feature of visiting a new destination, the TAUNY Center on Canton’s Main Street hosts exhibits, workshops and a folkstore that embrace the talents and traditions of North Country artisans and musicians. 

Request a free visitors guide and plan your trip on New York’s Northern border at www.VisitSTLC.com or by calling toll free 1-877-228-7810.