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VIC trail system open for winter use

•Do not collect natural objects or disturb wildlife.

•Buildings close at 5 p.m.

VIC employees encourage winter visitors to dress for the weather. That means wool or synthetics, which will keep people the warmest. They should also drink plenty of fluids and keep their feet, hands and head warm and dry. Allow ample time to return to the buildings, as it gets dark between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. in the winter.

For the latest trail conditions, log on to the VIC Web site at www.adkvic.org or contact each VIC by phone: Newcomb at (518) 582-and Paul Smiths at (518) 327-3000. Trail maps are available at the front desk of each VIC or as PDF downloads on the VIC Web site.

The New York State Adirondack Park Agency operates two Visitor Interpretive Centers (VICs), in Paul Smiths and Newcomb, serving the environmental education and visitor orientation needs of the Adirondack Park since 1989. The VICs offer a wide array of educational programs, miles of scenic interpretive trails, and visitor information services.

They are open year-round, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 1 - Oct. 31; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 1 - April 30. Trails are open year-round, dawn to dusk. Admission is free.

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