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! Educate your family and become a citizen scientist using tools like eBird. 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.

Tongue Mountain Range

Tongue Mountain Range Hiking Trails

System contains over 18 miles of marked foot trails. Access to trails on Rt 9N about 10 miles north of Bolton Landing. Clay Meadow trail at top of Tongue Mountain Hwy (Rt.9N). Be aware of rattlesnakes in this area. Call NYS DEC for hiking trail maps.

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.

Shelving Rock Birding

Follow marked trail to beautiful views of Lake George and and its many bays. Day use picnic area. Look for Water Fowl and Peregrine Falcons.

Berry Pond Preserve

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.

The Pinnacle

Lake George Land Conservancy Preserves & Trails

Hike gorgeous trails maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy! The Lake George Land Conservancy is a not-for-profit group that aims to protect the waters of Lake George.

Shermantown Road Canoe Launch

Paddle the Feeder Canal from the Shermantown Road Canoe Launch! This free cartop canoe launch offers access to the Feeder Canal via a dock off Shermantown Road. Be aware, there is a four foot drop between the dock and the water at this launch site. Some of the rural areas near this canoe launch are noted by birdwatchers. Cars may be parked on Shermantown Road.

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.

Adirondack Mountain Club

Adirondack Mountain Club

The Adirondack Mountain Club promotes conservation and responsible recreational use of the New York State Forest Preserve, the Adirondack Forest Preserve, other parks, wildlands, and waters vital to our members and chapters. Since 1922 the organization has offered opportunities to stay and play as well as protect, discover, and explore the outdoors.

Thomas Mountain

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.

Northwest Bay Brook

Access Northwest Bay from this boat launch just north of Bolton Landing! Located just north of Bolton Landing, Northwest Bay Brook and wetlands can be explored by trail or canoe, starting from the car-top launch site. This is a hand-launch site which requires a short portage from the parking lot to the launch site. There is parking for about 15 cars.

Roger's Rock

Roger's Rock Campground Birding

Rogers Rock State Campground. Pay day use fee to launch boat onto northern Lake George. Look for Peregrine Falcons near the cliffs at Rogers Slide and across the Lake at Anthony's Nose.

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

Find fantastic views of Lake George from the summit of the Pinnacle! The Pinnacle, a 73-acre preserve, is a hiking trail five minutes outside of Bolton Landing maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy.