Roadside Oddities in Upstate New York

If you take a road trip through Upstate New York, you never know what you'll see.  Especially up in the Adirondacks, where, at any time, you might spot a black bear, bald eagle, or perhaps even a moose. But nobody who lives or travels in the Adirondacks would ever claim that they've seen an elephant unless you're traveling on NYS Route 8 near Brant Lake.

The "Elephant Rock" images were posted on Facebook by the Adirondack Aerial & Ground Imagery Showcase Page, and I don't know about you. Still, I found them to be pretty interesting. So I did a little digging, and here's what I saw.

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What's the Origin of Elephant Rock?

Elephant Rock is a natural rock formation that resembles an elephant. According to local folklore, "sometime around 1980, Hague-ite Michael Coffin playfully painted eyes, tusks, and a trunk on a large rock beside Route 8. The result was a cartoon elephant head that has been a friendly landmark ever since."

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Where is it Located?

The man who took the photos provided some accurate coordinates, so if you want to see it for yourself, it's about an hour and 45 minutes north of Albany.
"I was heading up NYS Route 8 on Graphite Mountain from Ticonderoga, NY, towards Brant Lake, NY," he wrote.  He "decided to stop and photograph this roadside oddity once again; it was on my way there."

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This roadside oddity is located on Graphite Mountain once you leave Brant Lake. According to the Adirondack Aerial & Ground Imagery Showcase Page, it is just before North Pond if you are coming up the mountain from Hague, NY.

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Latest Viral TikTok Trend Takes Funny Look at Life in the Adirondacks


We recently came across a viral video that took a lighthearted and fun approach to "Life in the ADKS." It's been circulating for weeks and we think it's worth sharing!

Is life in the Adirondacks all that different from life in say, Albany, Schenectady, or Saratoga Springs? We say, "Yes!"

Even though most cities in the Capital Region are less than an hour away, anyone who's spent a decent amount of time in the North Country knows that certain conveniences that many might take for granted, don't exist throughout the 5,000 square miles of dense forest and high peaks that comprise the mighty ADKS.

So whether you're from Halfmoon or Hague; from Troy or Ticonderoga, you should be able to relate to a viral video that takes a humorous and poignant approach to "Life in the Adirondacks."

Here are a few of our favorites - and you can check out the full video below.

Gallery Credit: Brian Cody TSM Albany