Paul Smiths

A haven for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs.

Make Paul Smiths Your Home

School District: Saranac Lake Central School District

Points of Interest: Paul Smith’s College, Lower St. Regis Lake, White Pine Camp

Paul Smiths, nestled in the scenic town of Brighton, Franklin County, New York, boasts a rich history and stunning natural beauty. Located on the shores of Lower Saint Regis Lake in the heart of the Adirondacks, this charming hamlet is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Once home to the famed Paul Smith’s Hotel, founded in 1859 as one of the Adirondacks’ earliest wilderness resorts, the area now hosts Paul Smith’s College, continuing the legacy of education and appreciation for the region’s splendor. From the tranquil waters of Osgood Pond to the historic White Pine Camp, frequented by President Calvin Coolidge, Paul Smiths offers a glimpse into a bygone era amidst breathtaking surroundings.

The legacy of Paul Smith’s Hotel lives on in Paul Smiths, where the spirit of adventure and appreciation for the natural world thrive. Whether exploring the historic sites, immersing oneself in the tranquility of the surrounding lakes and forests, or enjoying the educational opportunities at Paul Smith’s College, there’s something for everyone to discover and enjoy in Paul Smiths, New York.

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Jon Gorgas and his family hold up a large fish that they caught while ice fishing on a lake
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A log cabin-style lean-to sits behind a stone fire pit waiting for visitors to cozy up next to it