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.

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.