Destination guide

A place for hikers and climbers

Keene in upstate New York is a small rural community in the center of Adirondack Park. Bordered on all sides by 3 mountain ranges, the area is famed for mountaineering and includes New York's highest mountain, Mount Marcy. Trails for most of these climbs begin and end in Keene, making it a perfect basecamp for hikers, climbers and mountaineers. Millions of vacationers visit the park in all seasons to take in the wild scenery and participate in the many sporting activities. With plenty of lakes, rivers and trails, a Keene vacation rental has much to offer.

Things to do

Memories of a golden era

Only a short drive from your Keene vacation rental, and intriguing to say the least, are Frontier Town and the town of Tahawus. The former, built in the early 1950s, was, for decades, a Western theme park complete with cowboys, Indians and a replica township. Waning interest in the subject and larger attractions forced its closure, but the ghost town is worth a visit. Similarly, Tahawus was once a prosperous mining center and famously the place Theodore Roosevelt leant of the assassination of William McKinley. Today it stands abandoned, but the house in which the president stayed has been restored.

Activities

Unspoiled climbs for all abilities

The Forty-Sixers club, for people who have climbed all 46 of the highest mountains in Adirondack Park, draws hikers from across the states to take up the challenge. Almost half of the mountains are still without trails, making the club an exclusive one. Climbers are attracted to the rugged terrain and over 250 climbing areas catering for all abilities. From bouldering to multi-pitch routes with crags and ice climbing, the ‘Dacks' offer traditional unspoiled climbing away from the visitors' centers and souvenir shops. The system of rivers and lakes provide opportunities for whitewater kayaking, including multi-day tours.

Weather

Wrap up warm to admire the beauty

The valley of Keene and the mountain ranges that tower above it have 4 distinct seasons. The weather is cooler than other parts of the state for most of the year and, although summers can be warm, the altitude dictates warm clothing should be packed for a Keene vacation rental, whichever season you choose to visit. From fall until late spring expect steady snowfall, which attracts skiers and snowboarders to the off-piste slopes for adrenaline-fueled fun in the wild. For better prices and to avoid the crowds, consider booking in late fall or early spring.

Natural features

Nature in harmony

Hunting, fur trapping and the impact of the logging industry in the late 1800s brought populations of beaver, wolves and moose to the brink of extinction in Adirondack. Early 20th-century efforts to reintroduce them after the formation of the preserve saw the problem go the other way with negative effects upon waterways and other native species. In recent decades, the balance has been largely restored, due to the hard work of conservationists. There are currently 53 known mammal species in the park, together with numerous birds, including hawks, falcons and vultures.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Keene

The nearest airport is in Lake Placid, NY (LKP), located 8.4 mi (13.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into Saranac Lake, NY (SLK-Adirondack Regional), which is 21.7 mi (34.9 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Keene?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 496 vacation rentals near Keene. From 69 Cabins to 219 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Keene for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Keene?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Keene. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Hulls Falls: 578 vacation rentals
  • Dartbrook Rustic Goods: 578 vacation rentals
  • Adirondack Reflections: 578 vacation rentals
  • Rock and River Lodge: 570 vacation rentals
  • Ausable Chasm: 323 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Keene listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cabins in Keene?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 69 Cabins in Keene. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Keene include:

  • Houses: 219 rentals available
  • Cottages: 69 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 69 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Keene?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 36 vacation rentals with pool available in Keene. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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