Seeing native wildlife is one of the best parts about an Adirondack vacation. In the Lake George Area birding is one of the most serene activities you can experience.

Spotting birds in the Lake George Area are as common as trailheads and beaches. For some, birding is the best part about a Lake George Area vacation. Birds are prevalent on the numerous hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails all over the region. All it takes to spot a bird is good eye and maybe some binoculars! Local conservation groups, such as the Lake George Land Conservancy, hold birding events to show interested visitors the area’s common birds. These events also use bird watchers to help assess the bird population. If you’re a conservationist, or you just want to check out some local wildlife, birding is a great option in the Lake George Area.

Adirondack Guide to Birding

Contains information on birding sites throughout the Adirondacks.

Amy's Park

Four hiking trails for passive recreation, exploration and education, which include lookout areas to view the active beaver pond and its resident wildlife, as well as a view of Lake George. Flat and easy forested hiking trails for cross-country skiing, hiking and snowshoeing. Maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy.

Anthony's Nose Preserve

Anthony's Nose Preserve offers spectacular views of Rogers' Rock to the north and sweeping views of Lake George looking south. This 0.9 mile trail is a moderate climb to a 1,265 ft summit. Follow the clearly marked blue trail. The summit trail will take you to the Rogers' Rock outlook, looking north and west.

Berry Pond Preserve

This 1,436 acre preserve is located in the towns of Lake George, Warrensburg and Lake Luzerne. Well-marked trails range from easy to moderately challenging, and offer views of Lake George's Narrows section and the lower Adirondack Mountains. The preserve is great for those interested in wildlife. It is home to both an active beaver community and a great blue heron rookery. No dogs allowed.

Cat and Thomas Preserve Birding

Enjoy a moderately difficult hike, past beaver ponds and wetlands, with a 270 degree view of Lake George. View American Robins, Broad-winged Hawk, Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Ruffed Grouse, Wild Turkey, Blue Jays, Wood Thrush.

Dean Farm Heritage Trail

Dean Farm Heritage Trail is a 0.93 mile walking path that is great for families, anyone with impaired mobility or anyone looking for an enjoyable walk in the woods. Level paths wind through fields, woods and wetlands. Educational signage along the way makes it a learning experience. Walk this trail for a peaceful and relaxing day out of doors.

East Side of Lake George Hikes

Buck Mtn, moderate difficulty on rocky trail with excellent lake views; Sleeping Beauty Mtn, easy trail to spectacular lake views; Pilot Knob Mtn, moderate trail with lake views; Lakeshore Trail, easy trail past Shelving Rock Falls to lake.

Feeder Canal

Beginning of historic 9 mile towpath trail and waterway at Feeder Dam/Overlook Park at Richardson Street and Haviland Avenue. Listed on New York State and National Register of Historic Places, National Recreation Trail system. A Path Through History attraction. Maintained by the Feeder Canal Alliance. Walk, bike, paddle, cross-country skiing, snowshoe, car-top launch, parking.

Gore Mountain Area Birding

Ride the gondola and take a short hike to summit fire tower or hike the full 9 mile distance. Accessible from 13th Lake-Siamese Ponds Wilderrness area. Look for Boreal forest species.

Hackensack Mountain Park

Hackensack is a small mountain located right in the heart of Warrensburg.  It has a rich history, with many of the historic buildings in the hamlet having been built with rock quarried on the mountain.  Its name is derived from an Algonquin word meaning “where two rivers come together”, and those who make the climb to the peak are rewarded with a panoramic view of not only the hamlet, but also the confluence of the Hudson and Schroon Rivers.  A series of trails loop up the peak and around its

Lake George Land Conservancy Preserves & Trails

The Lake George Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit group that aims to protect the waters of Lake George.

Lake George Watershed Birding

Wetlands can be explored by boat or trail. At Bolton Landing and Rogers Rock, look for Waterfowl, Peregrine Falcons, American Bittern and Swans. To the south, explore the wetlands of Lake George at Dunham, Harris and Warner Bays.