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.

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. 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.

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.

Adirondack Guide to Birding

Contains information on birding sites throughout the Adirondacks.

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.

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

Terzian Woodlot is nice for families and their leashed dogs to enjoy. The easy-moderate trails, with some steep climbs, are used for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Some of LGLC trails connect with the Silver Bay YMCA trails.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail

A well-marked out-and-back trail with gorgeous views of Lake George.

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.