Moriah-Through the Lens

Located directly along the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain is the Town of Moriah — an incredibly scenic community with phenomenal views at every turn.This town is large and is comprised of several hamlets: Moriah Center, Moriah Corners, Witherbee, and Mineville, as well as the village of Port Henry.

For this week's blog we are fortunate to have talented local photographer, Shawn Michener, share some of the seasonal magic he’s captured through his lens. 

We think it will give you a feel for why Moriah residents are proud to call this town their home.


Within the township are four Champlain Area Trails (CATS). Hike all four and receive a congratulatory patch from the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

This night scene was taken from the top of the historic fire tower at Belfry Mountain.

Within the town are several bodies of water, in addition to Lake Champlain. This Russett’s Pond pic shows off some of the Adirondacks' awesome fall color.

Moriah can boast of one of the largest tracts of publicly accessible waterfront of anywhere along Lake Champlain. Get up early to witness one of the spectacular sunrises over Vermont’s Green Mountains, and enjoy the colorful reflections on the water.

Speaking of reflections… No this picture is not upside down. Note the well-defined detail of Port Henry’s village reflecting on the calm water of Lake Champlain.

A view of the Lake Champlain Bridge, connecting Crown Point to Chimney Point, Vermont is easily seen from practically anywhere within the village. And, since it sits on a hillside and also overlooks Bulwagga Bay, Port Henry has been given the affectionate nickname of “the San Francisco of the Adirondacks.” This shot is unreal — Shawn managed to capture the super moon rising above the bridge.

Moriah has two marinas and a NYS boat launch. Many artists have applied these scenes to canvas. Here Shawn used more of his creativity to have his photo resemble a painting.

Moriah has numerous peaceful pastoral scenes as well. At the top of this photo you are seeing the end of the Coot Hill/Big Hollow Trail. You can see for miles from this peak; it's well worth the short hike.

A favorite annual celebration in town happens on Labor Day Weekend. The town bustles with activity during this event. Plan on a creative, heartwarming, and homespun parade that takes place in the wooded and remote Mutton Hollow. The village also hosts a more conventional parade, as well as games, activities, music, food, a sailing regatta, and of course, fireworks — which are preceded by Van Slooten Harbour Marina’s Boat Parade of Lights.

Plan a visit. Come by road, water, or rail.  Welcoming lodging, camping and dining options await.

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