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.

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.

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.

Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail

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

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.

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.

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.

Prospect Mountain Birding

Hiking trail is accessible from Lake George village. 1 5/8 mile trail follows the roadbed of old cable railway. Beautiful views of Lake George. Look for nesting Peregrine Falcons.

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.

Adirondack Guide to Birding

Contains information on birding sites throughout the Adirondacks.

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.

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.

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.