In the early years, Thurman was primarily a logging community, with mining for garnet as well. Communities grew up along the tumbling streams, locating sawmills and gristmills for local industry. The prospect of a railroad through the Adirondacks inspired the Delaware and Hudson Railroad Co. to construct a line connecting Saratoga Springs and North Creek beginning in 1963. As Americans discovered the lure of wilderness, vacationers were looking for easy access to hotels and resorts. Soon, trains loaded with passengers and freight would stop at Thurman Station four times a day, and stagecoaches would carry passengers along rugged roads to the outlying towns.
Today, Thurman is a quiet Adirondack community that caters to those looking to escape into sublime wilderness. Mountains, rivers, and country roads make this small town a great place to relax, or explore the outstanding nature-inspired adventure. Thurman comes to life during Maple Sugar Weekends the last three weekends of March, when visitors are invited to explore the many sugarhouses of Thurman, reputed to have more maple operations per square mile than anywhere around. The following itinerary will direct you to sites where you can enjoy farm fresh food, sample a plethora of fresh maple products, learn about sustainable forestry and even climb a mountain. Please click here to view our Google-based map.