3. Schroon Lake

Schroon Lake in New York's North Country

The hamlet of Schroon Lake in the town of Schroon is a lakeside community of about 800 residents in Essex County. Schroon Lake is located a few miles from Paradox Lake, connected by the Schroon River. Schroon Lake is thought to have been quite a violent location in the Colonial period since it served as the boundary between New York and New France. Schroon Lake is located near Crown Point, a fort built in 1759 during the French and Indian War about 15 miles north of Fort Ticonderoga. Schroon Lake became a popular tourist spot for travelers along the Adirondack Northway traveling to Montreal. Schroon Lake was the location of Schroon Manor, which was the site of the film Marjorie Morningstar.

Schroon Lake is a popular fishing spot in the North Country, easily accessible from the Town Beach. The Strand Theater is a staple of the community, as is the Seagle Festival featuring musical theater and opera productions. Hiking at nearby Severance Mountain is popular among nature lovers. Restaurants in the community include Pitkins Restaurant, Sticks & Stones Wood Fired Bistro, and Flanagan’s Pub & Grill.