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.
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.
Experience the Town of Chester’s surrounding peaks and waterways! The Chester Challenge hikes consist of trails within the Town of Chester. Trails range from easy to moderate and include steep hikes as well as walks in the woods. Visit six trails and receive the Chester Challenge pin. Hikers up for a real challenge will receive a special Winter Challenge pin or patch after they hike, cross-country ski, or snowshoe at least part of at least…
Chester Creek Hiking Trails
Cole’s Woods Trails
The trails of Cole’s Woods are historic as the first lighted cross-country ski trails in North America opening in December of 1971. The trails continue to play host to several cross-country ski races each year, along with running races and other community events ~ as well as being a favorite recreational area among local community members. There is the lighted 5km Race Loop; the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile lighted ski trail; lighted and non-lighted ski…
The three trails of Cook Mountain Preserve offer a variety of experiences for hikers of all ages and abilities. Starting from the parking area and kiosk the yellow trail follows a wide flat path into the preserve. After about 0.12 miles the trail’s loop begins. Stay straight to follow the trail another 0.4 miles along a gently climbing path (which turns into a dirt road) to its junction with the Ridges Trail, or turn right…
Cougar Nature Trails
Conquer Cougar Hill in Chestertown! A steep trail or a more gradual trail brings hikers to the top of Cougar Hill. Additional nature trails bring hikers through forest and fields around Cougar Hill. These trails are perfect for both spring and summer hiking and winter snowshoeing! Cougar Nature Trails are part of the Chester Challenge.
One of the best places to relax in the Lake George Area! A new splash pad is coming in 2021! Crandall Park has it all. Play on the playground, softball, soccer fields, brand new basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, and new disc golf course! Take a walk or a hike on the trails, or enjoy a picnic lunch in the sunshine! Take part in an Adirondack tradition by fishing for bass, pickerel, and pan fish…
Crane Mountain Hiking Trail
Two trails from NYS DEC-maintained trailhead provide easy access to moderate hikes to 3,254ft craggy, open summit, pass pristine pond, spectacular views. Over 200 technical rock climbing routes ranging from 25 – 560 feet. Crane Mountain is a challenging but rewarding loop hike with gorgeous views in all directions. The scenic pond offers a number of primitive camping sites, along with fishing and swimming. The summit trail features two ladders, a longer one and a…
Dean Farm Heritage Trail
Ideal for the hiker looking for an easy walk that could turn into a tougher climb! Dean Farm Heritage Trail consists of 13 trails and 3.6-miles of walking and hiking paths. The trail system is great for families, anyone with impaired mobility, or anyone looking for an enjoyable walk in the woods. Dean Farm Heritage Trail consists of level paths that wind through fields, woods, and wetlands. Some paths are crushed-stone or boardwalk, while others…
Dynamite Hill Recreation Area
Ski, hike, cycle, and more at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area! There is so much to do at Dynamite Hill! Get outside in the summer on 133 acres of marked hiking, single-track cycling, and the seasonal picnic pavilion. In the winter, Dynamite Hill offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, downhill tubing, and ice skating. There’s even night skiing, a tow rope, and a warming hut!