The Adirondack Mountains, a formidable collection of majestic peaks, are a hiker’s haven. Visitors have been admiring Lake George Area mountains since the Original Vacation began, and adventurous souls have been carving routes up those mountains for just as long. Expertly maintained trails are waiting to be explored. See you at the trailhead.

Hiking is a pillar of the Lake George Area experience

 

The Adirondack Mountains cannot be ignored because they envelop and color the region. They’re beautiful to look at, but many visitors to the area dream of conquering the peaks. The Lake George Area is a premier hiking destination because of the unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks. Some hikes, such as The Pinnacle, are simple jaunts along wooded trails with a switchback or two to ease the burden of the climb. Many of the easier hiking trails are parks with secluded paths, beckoning you to relax and connect with the outdoors. Other hikes are difficult and rugged hours-long endeavors such as the Black Mountain Range, where even experienced hikers are tested. Hikers may encounter well-built ladders on a steep pitch, scrambles over open rock, or a remote lean-to at the end of the trek. Of course, there’s always a reward when you reach the end of the trail.

The Adirondack Mountains provide some of the greatest views in the country, especially during fall foliage season. On clear days, a hiker on the summit of a Lake George Area mountain can see as far as Vermont’s Green Mountains and views of Lake George are common. You can’t reach the summit of a Lake George Area vacation without exploring an Adirondack hiking trail.

Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes

Details include area maps with description, distance and difficulty rating. Also includes information of historic sites, lakes, rivers, nature trails, geological formations, views and waterfalls. Download this guide to paths less taken in the Northeast's last great wilderness.

Adirondack Mountain Club

The Adirondack Mountain Club is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of New York State Forest Preserve, parks, wild lands and waters. Walk-in information center offers hiking, snowshoe, skiing maps, guide books and reference materials; snowshoe rentals.

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.

Bartonville Mountain Hiking Trail

Head to Brant Lake, NY for this easy-to-moderate 1.5 mile round trip hike. The peak features a stunning view of Brant Lake below and mountains in the distance. The trail head is located behind The Hub, Brant Lake's favorite bike shop and cafe. Parking is located next to The Hub.

Beaver Brook Outfitters

Family adventure and fun will provide you with a lifetime of memories rafting the Hudson River Gorge, 17-miles of class III to IV whitewater with beautiful Adirondack scenery. Our experienced raft guides will give you a great ride. We also offer rafting on the Sacandaga River, 3.5-miles with class II to II whitewater. This is great family fun and minimum age is 5 years. Not ready for the rapids, we have lazy river tubing, canoeing and kayaking.

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.

Black Mountain Range

This NYS DEC-maintained trail overlooks Lake George from east shore. The highest mountain on the shores of Lake George has a summit elevation of 2646 ft. Easy climbing most of the way with an occasional rocky pitch. Choose an up and back trail or loop trail to Black Mtn Pond and Lapland Pond before heading back to the trailhead. Another option is access from the lake with a DEC day-use permit so you can dock your boat and hike up. Several lean-tos on various trails.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail at Town of Chester Recreation Center

Seven miles of off-road trail. Some of the trail is lighted for night riding.

Cat Mountain and Thomas Mountain Hiking Preserve

Cat and Thomas Mountains offer spectacular views of Lake George a mere five minutes from Bolton Landing. Hike the orange trail from the Cat and Thomas Mountains Trailhead to the summit of Thomas Mountain, a 716-foot trek up an old dirt road. A cabin on the summit offers 180-degree views of Lake George and the Adirondacks beyond.

Chester Challenge

Discover one of the best kept hiking secrets in the Adirondacks!

Chester Creek Hiking Trails

These 1.2-mile to 1.9-mile trails are mostly flat, leading up to Chester Creek and its surrounding forest and wetlands.