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How to Get to Your Rental.  &
What to do When you Get There.

How to get Here: Highways to Fourpeaks. No Fourpeaks Road Signs. There are no Fourpeaks Road Signs. Highway maps, online map programs (Mapquest, Google, etc.) as well as your own auto GPS will have significant errors even finding Stonehouse Road. They will certainly not get you to your Fourpeaks rental or provide the essential arrival information included here. You need the directions on this page.

  • From New York. Take New York Thruway I-87 North (about 150 miles) to Exit at Albany marked "Montreal, Northway, Interstate 87 North." Pay toll at exit and follow signs to Montreal. [Goto Northway.]

  • From Boston. Take Mass Pike I-90 West. In the Albany area take I-787 North (about 6 miles) to Route 7 West (about 3 miles) to I-87 North. This takes you around the Albany urban buildup. [Goto Northway.]

  • From Western NY, PA. Take New York Thruway I90 East. In the Albany area take I-87 North. This is a longer route than going diagonally from Utica, but it's faster, especially in Winter. [Goto Northway.]

    Northway I-87 North to Exit 30 (about 100 miles of very scenic driving) at mileage marker #104. See Essex County Highway Map. Take Route 73 North and West to Route 9N at Keene (about 14 miles) to Upper Jay (6 miles) and continue right on Route 9N following the AuSable River (two miles) to Stonehouse Road on your left between two old Stone Houses. [Goto How to get to your rental..]

  • From Montreal. Take Northway I-87 South past Plattsburgh to exit for AuSable Forks. See Essex County Highway Map. Take Route 9N South following the AuSable River through AuSable Forks to the Village of Jay. In Jay continue on Route 9N (about 2 miles) and find Stonehouse Road on your right between two old Stone Houses. [Goto How to get to your rental..]

    Please don't mess up now! George says:
    Welcome! (Here's how to get to your rental.)

    Phone help is just a moment away. Phone any time of the day.  Turn up Stonehouse Road and stop at Scotty, a brown travel trailer, about a half-mile up on your left. If your cell phone has service, phone Martin 518-524-6726 to say you've arrived. No cell phone service? Phone him using the cell phone on the desk inside Scotty. (Leave a message if he's not in.) Thanks. [Goto What to do after you've phoned.]

    Please don't get lost! [What to do after you've phoned.]
    (1) If you're a guest at Thoreau House, Gypsy Camp, Sugar Camp, New Camp or The Cabin, [Goto YOUR CAMP NAME.]
    (2)If you're a guest at Wolf's Nest or Ridge Camp come up to Camp Barn. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 300 feet (past New Camp) to edge of woods. STOP. DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY VERY SLOWLY, following the road down to the brook (about 150 feet). Just past the Well House, take the left at the fork in the road up to Camp Barn (150 feet), a large barn structure with equipment and sheds (#213). Meet me at The Office.

    THOREAU HOUSE. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road for just 200 feet. Turn into the first driveway on your left. Park near the Woodshed in back. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    GYPSY CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about 1/4 mile. Gypsy is the second driveway after Scotty. Turn into the open gate on your left. Park near the cedar tree and hammock. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    SUGAR CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile. Sugar is the third driveway on your left after Scotty. Turn into open gate. Park near the old cellar. (If you miss Sugar Camp you'll find a rail fence at the end of Stonehouse Road. Go back one driveway.) (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    NEW CAMP. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 400 feet to New Camp on your right. Park in field on your left near privy (outhouse) in the woods. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    THE CABIN. From Scotty, continue up Stonehouse Road about another 1/2 mile to the end at a rail fence and turn in to gate on your right (#213). Follow about 300 feet (past New Camp) to edge of woods. STOP. DRIVE THE REST OF THE WAY VERY SLOWLY, following the road down to the brook (about 150 feet). Just past the Well House, take the right at the fork in the road right up to The Cabin--three buildings--The Shed, The Cabin (itself) and the Screen House. Park by rail fence. (CLICK HERE for "What to do next.")

    What to do next. Move in your things and make yourself at home. Look at the greeting letter and safety/information folder on the table. Don't drink the water. Don't use the gas lights or cooking range or make a wood fire unless you feel confident and remember all the Safety First! information.

    We need to know your arrival time. WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT TIME TO EXPECT YOU.
    Let us know when making your reservation. Not sure? Make an estimate. The exact time is not important. But whether it's early afternoon or late, or some other time that we arrange with you, we need to know when to be around to greet you.
    Arrivals are OK any time after 1PM until an hour before sunset. (We'll agree to an earlier arrival time, if at all possible.)
    Except for returning guests, late arrivals are a problem. An hour before sunset. Except for returning guests, late arrivals can be a problem. Arriving after dark at an unfamiliar off-the-road camp--without electric lighting or central heat--may be difficult and unsafe. If your travel plans are fixed, we'll agree to a late arrival, if at all possible. But it's essential for a late arrival that you have carefully studied How to Get to Your Rental. & What to do When you get There. in advance and you bring a printed copy with you.
    Except for returning guests, late arrivals are a problem. Guests who are delayed in transit and expect to arrive after dark should contact us by phone 518-524-6726. We will do our very best to accommodate them. Guests staying at Ridge or Wolf should be prepared to take alternate housing arrangements for the first night of their stay. [CLICK HERE for complete local sun and moon information, including time for sunset.]

    About Stonehouse Road
    Stonehouse Road is a 7/10-mile long one lane dirt road that goes uphill to Fourpeaks. Prettiest country road in the state? It wasn't built for today's highway driving! Observe the 10mph posted speed limit and stay to the center of the road. Meet another vehicle on the way? Read about Stonehouse Road and learn the "Rules of the Road." See the Stonehouse Road Map..

    Getting to Fourpeaks: 3 mistakes to avoid.
    Guests make the wrong turn off Route 73. Guests make the wrong turn off Route 73. They end up in Elizabethtown over an hour late. CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Guests are stumped once they get here. Guests are stumped once they get to Stonehouse Road. No Fourpeaks signs to guide them. Maybe they drive around asking where Fourpeaks is. (No luck. The locals haven't a clue.) CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Guests can't figure out that we're not running a 24-hour reception desk. Guests can't figure out that we're not running a 24-hour reception desk. They don't tell us their estimated arrival time. We don't know when to expect them. Maybe we're not home. CLICK HERE to prevent this mistake.
    Make a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway. Make a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway. George says: "For a happy beginning to your Fourpeaks vacation/getaway--Please DON'T MAKE THESE MISTAKES." Thanks.