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.

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.

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, follows an old logging road .75 mile to the summit at about 1,300-feet. The elevation change is about 480 feet.

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.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Hiking Trails

52 miles of marked hiking trails in southeastern part of Adirondack Park. Access to trails from Route 8 in Bakers Mills or 13th Lake Rd in North River. Over 36 ponds & lakes originate here. Contact DEC for hiking trail maps.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

72 acres of Adirondack fun in Bolton Landing! Up Yonda Farm is an educational museum that specializes in teaching kids about the Adirondacks. The museum features wildlife exhibits of native mammals and birds such as bears, bobcats, fishers, and porcupines. Hands on children's exhibits feature archaeology digs and touch tables.

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.