The 7 Best Lake George Area Winter Views

The Lake George Area offers up beautiful views all four seasons so don’t let the snow stop you from taking them in this winter. While some require a hike with appropriate gear (snowshoes, spikes, warm clothing) some of the best views can be accessed by car. Not seeing your favorite spot on this list? Share it with us!

  1. Beach Road & the Lake George Southern Basin

The perfect first stop on your next trip to the Lake George Area. You can take this view in from Beach Road in Lake George Village by Million Dollar Beach. Accessible by car, this view doesn’t require any hiking and you can look north for miles of lake and rolling Adirondack Mountains.

      2 & 3.  2 for 1 at Crane Mountain

A challenging winter hike that rewards with not one, but two great winter views! Make sure you bring snowshoes and spikes as this hike is steep with boulders and ladders that you’ll have to climb up. This hike is a 3.2 mile loop with a shorter and steep path one way and a longer but not as steep trail the other way that brings you along a beautiful spring fed mountain ridge pond on the way down; a perfect spot to take a break and take in the view.

  1. Gore Mountain

Skiers and riders should head to Gore Mountain not just for great skiing and riding but beautiful views for miles. With four peaks you’ll get Adirondack vistas in every direction with snowcapped trees surrounding you at each peak.

  1. Brant Lake

Step out on frozen Brant Lake and you’re instantly surrounded by unforgettable 360-degree views. Walk around the lake and see ice fishers and snowmobiles out every weekend. Spend an entire day on the lake for the annual Brant Lake Winter Carnival! Make sure the lake is completely frozen over and safe before you venture out!

  1. The Sagamore

This luxury resort is nestled on its own island on Lake George and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. Whether you’re staying for the week or dropping by for a cocktail or meal don’t miss a walk by the lake. If you time your visit right in the late afternoon you’ll witness the suns rays hitting the mountains on the east side of the lake as the moon rises over the same mountains. A magnificent site year round!

  1. West Mountain

While your skiing and riding at West Mountain during the day you’ll find sprawling views to the West of Queensbury and Glens Falls with mountains in the far distance. At night (yes there is night skiing at West Mountain) you’ll see lights from nearby Glens Falls.


Thurman

You can get lost in Thurman, and we mean that literally. Your phone GPS won’t work there. But getting lost in Thurman is certainly not a bad thing, especially if you’re not on a schedule and want to explore. See what’s around the next bend and stumble upon a hidden gem. Only a 20-minute drive from Lake George, Thurman is known for its farms, maple syrup, rolling hills, and beautiful views.

Don’t miss out on Thurman’s yearly events. Every fall you can take part in the Thurman Fall Farm Tour and visit six of the area’s farms. Start your day with a pancake breakfast and then venture onto maple farms, cheese farms, a llama farm, and more! In the spring, it’s all about celebrating the season, one sweet drop at a time, with Thurman Maple Days. For three weekends in March you can visit the area’s maple farms and see how the maple process goes from tree to table. Be sure to stock up on your maple syrup, maple butter, jackwax, and maple candy while you’re there! Bargain hunters should head to Thurman in May for their Townwide Sale where 60+ old fashioned yard sales pop up all over town. During the summer, you can find free live music in the great outdoors at Concerts at the Park. Everything from bluegrass to rock and roll every Monday at Veterans’ Memorial Field.

Thurman is best known for its maple farms that churn out pure gold every spring. While each farm is just a short ride from the other they each offer a unique twist that makes visiting them a special treat. At Valley Road Maple Farm they have a state-of-the-art sugarhouse and make maple products that range from maple peanut brittle to maple-garlic pepper. Adirondack Gold Maple Farm is one of the oldest sugarhouses in Thurman and operated by a third-generation maple producer, they certainly know what they’re doing! Around the corner is the beautiful Toad Hill Maple Farm barn sitting on top of a hill. They are the largest maple producer in the region. You’ll find Hidden Hollow Maple Farm nestled along a hill with steam pouring out from their traditional woodfired evaporator.

It’s not just maple farms in Thurman. At the Nettle Meadow farm you’ll find happy goats and good cheese. Actually, make that great cheese. Nettle Meadow won two gold medals at the World Cheese Championship for their Kunik and Apple Cider Fromage Frais cheeses. The farm is home to over 300 goats and dozens of sheep as well as a number of retired and rescued farm animals. You can visit their cheese shop from 11am-3pm and get a tour Saturdays at noon.

If you’re up for some adventure and exercise, head to Crane Mountain. The Crane Mountain loop is 3.2 miles and features a beautiful lake along the way and stunning views for miles on the top. You can find the trailhead at Ski Hi Road. Expect to clamber up rocks and ladders to get to the top!

Need a place to stay and eat while visiting Thurman? Warrensburg is only a couple miles away and full of lodging options and great grub. On your way into Thurman you’ll drive by their Town Hall, don’t forget to stop by and grab a map!


10 Fun Trails in the Lake George Area

The Lake George Area has a great variety of trails. There are trails up mountains that offer views of the Lake George, the Adirondacks and Vermont; trails though wetlands; trails accessible by hikers and bikers; paved trails; and quick accessible trails perfect for a quick workout. Check out some favorites below. Do you have another favorite? Let us know!

Rush Pond, Queensbury

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This well-groomed trail complete with a gravel pathway and bridges goes through the heart of the Rush Pond wetlands. The 2.2-mile one-way trail is mostly flat and popular with hikers and bikers in the summer and cross-country skiers and snowshoers in the winter.

Pharaoh Lake Southern Entrance Trail, Brant Lake

A largely undiscovered access point to the beautiful Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, the southern entrance trail lies just off of Beaver Pond Road in Brant Lake. The moderately difficult trail is a 2.37-mile hike that brings you to the end of Pharaoh Lake, where a classic Adirondack lean-to and views of Pharaoh Mountain are waiting for you.

Chester Challenge Trails, Chestertown

The Chester Challenge is made up of 11 trails in the Chestertown region, just a quick drive up the Northway (I-87) from Lake George. With hikes ranging from beginner to moderately difficult, there is truly something for everyone. Those who complete all of the hikes in the Challenge are encouraged to visit the Chester Town Hall or North Warren Chamber of Commerce in Chestertown to receive a pin of completion.

VanDusen Preserve, Queensbury

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The trailhead is just off West Mountain Road in Queensbury making it super accessible from I-87. It’s an easier loop coming in just under 2 miles. The terrain is varied with flat, sloping and steep inclines throughout. If you’re looking to get a quick workout in or to take the dogs on a walk, this is a great trail.

Warren County Bike Trail

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This 9.2-mile rail trail was the first in New York State! The beautifully paved bikeway begins in Glens Falls and will take you all the way to the southern end of Lake George, ending right in front of Million Dollar Beach. On the way you’ll get a great view of Glen Lake and go by Magic Forest. While not open to dogs, it welcomes both bikers and people on foot. If you’re an ice cream fan, this bike trail serendipitously takes you by three ice cream places including Cooper’s Cave, which also offers homemade soda, brews and food.

Pack Forest Nature Trail, Warrensburg

The Pack Demonstration Forest run by SUNY ESF is located just north of the town of Warrensburg, and boasts 2,500 acres of woodland. The Nature Trail, located near the entrance to the forest, has public parking and is handicap accessible. The trail cuts through an old-growth hemlock-white pine forest and can be extended onto a number of other trails also located in Pack Forest.

Cat and Thomas Mountains, Bolton Landing

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Cat and Thomas Mountains, both accessible from the same trailhead just north of Bolton Landing, are moderately difficult hikes that offer spectacular views of Lake George. Follow the ridge trail to summit on both mountains, and increase the difficulty of the hike by trying the newest trail on the mountain, the red trail, which descends from the summit of Cat Mountain.

Gore Mountain, North Creek

Popular with skiers and snowboarders in the winter, Gore Mountain also offers access to hiking trails in the summer and fall. The trail that stretches up old logging roads and ski trails from the base of the Ski Bowl offers numerous branches that allow you to pick how difficult you want your hike to be, although the majority of the trails are on the challenging side. However the views from the top are not to be missed!

Crane Mountain, Thurman

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Located right in Thurman, Crane Mountain is steep and rocky but a fun climb. You can take the 3.1-mile loop which offers multiple beautiful views from one side and a scenic pond on the other. Be prepared to clamber up rocks and ladders to get to the top

Cole’s Woods, Queensbury

Cole’s Woods offered North America’s first lighted cross-country ski trails and continues to be popular with skiers, snowshoers, runners, and walkers. Located in Queensbury it has multiple routes throughout with both steep and flat terrain and can be accessed from the parking lot of the Glens Fall YMCA.

Find a full list of trails in Warren County here.