August 23rd, 2019

ADK (Adirondack Mountain Club) is excited to announce that, after three years, construction projects at the Heart Lake Property have concluded. Funded in part by a grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPHRP), this overhaul of the property took place in order to provide better educational venues, meet demand for camping, and to improve the visitor experience at the Adirondak Loj and Heart Lake Program Center. The projects completed are numerous and include:

  • A four season wash house for campers
  • A seasonal concession stand, The Hungry Hiker, which will support education programs and trail work (pictured below, right)
  • Landscaping in front of the High Peaks Information Center (HPIC) including a boulder-lined swale feature and a timber foot bridge (pictured above)
  • Deck extension in front of the HPIC, including a roof and built-in seating (pictured above)
  • Electric vehicle chargers at the HPIC
  • New fresh water well integrated with the Heart Lake Program Center water system, including new piping and an upgraded delivery system
  • New lift station and waste water treatment system for the new wash house
  • New campground loop road with four tent sites
  • Two frost free water spigots and new water line in the campground loop
  • Three yurts on platforms for education programming (pictured below, center)
  • New electric service for yurts
  • A new primitive hard-sided cabin called Birch Camp (pictured below, left)
  • Complete renovation of the existing wash house in the Heart Lake Wilderness Campground
  • Addition to the staff cabin that includes women’s and men’s bathrooms and four new rooms
  • New, clearer signage on property

Improvements such as this would not have been possible without the generous support of our members and donors, volunteers, and staff. Many hours were put into completing these projects and we are excited to see how the results improve the value of the Heart Lake Property as a venue for outdoor education and recreation.

Photo Credit: Ben Brosseau and Seth Jones