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.

Terzian Woodlot

Nice for families, 1.5 miles of easy-moderate trails for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Some trails connect with the Silver Bay YMCA trails. The Silver Bay YMCA asks that you become a member before using their trails.

Warren County Fish Hatchery

The property consists of 38 acres along the Hudson River located in the Town of Warrensburg.  Aside from the Hatchery, these grounds offer two sheltered picnic areas with rest rooms, a children’s play area and canoe access site, as well as a large open area for other activities.

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.

The Pinnacle Hiking Trail

The Pinnacle, a 73-acre preserve, is a hiking trail five minutes outside of Bolton Landing that is maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy. A local landmark highly visible from Cat Mountain and Lake George, the Pinnacle hiking trail follows an old logging road .75 mile to the summit at about 1,300-feet. The elevation change is about 480 feet.

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.

Tongue Mountain Range Birding

Popular hiking trails traverse the rugged uplands of the Tongue Mountain Range. Look for nesting pairs of Peregrine Falcons & waterfowl. *Rattlesnakes are found in this area! Stay on trail, wear high boots, watch where you put your hands!

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.

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.

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.

Northwest Bay Brook Birding

North of Bolton Landing, Northwest Bay Brook and wetlands can be explored by trail or canoe, starting from the car top launch site. View Waterfowl, American Bittern, Swans.

Schaefer Trail on Gore Mountain

Part of the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest. NYS DEC-maintained trail. Moderate-challenging 5.5 mile. Blue foot trail markers with a section in the middle utilizing blue ski trail markers.