The Adirondack Mountains, a formidable collection of majestic peaks, are a hiker’s haven. Visitors have been admiring Lake George Area mountains since the Original Vacation began, and adventurous souls have been carving routes up those mountains for just as long. Expertly maintained trails are waiting to be explored. See you at the trailhead.

Hiking is a pillar of the Lake George Area experience

 

The Adirondack Mountains cannot be ignored because they envelop and color the region. They’re beautiful to look at, but many visitors to the area dream of conquering the peaks. The Lake George Area is a premier hiking destination because of the unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks. Some hikes, such as The Pinnacle, are simple jaunts along wooded trails with a switchback or two to ease the burden of the climb. Many of the easier hiking trails are parks with secluded paths, beckoning you to relax and connect with the outdoors. Other hikes are difficult and rugged hours-long endeavors such as the Black Mountain Range, where even experienced hikers are tested. Hikers may encounter well-built ladders on a steep pitch, scrambles over open rock, or a remote lean-to at the end of the trek. Of course, there’s always a reward when you reach the end of the trail.

The Adirondack Mountains provide some of the greatest views in the country, especially during fall foliage season. On clear days, a hiker on the summit of a Lake George Area mountain can see as far as Vermont’s Green Mountains and views of Lake George are common. You can’t reach the summit of a Lake George Area vacation without exploring an Adirondack hiking trail.

Warren County Bikeway

The Warren County Bikeway makes a family bike ride easy! The bikeway begins at Platt Street in downtown Glens Falls and continues north along rolling hills to Fort George Road in Lake George.

Chester Creek Hiking Trails

These 1.2-mile to 1.9-mile trails are mostly flat, leading up to Chester Creek and its surrounding forest and wetlands.

Round the Lake Challenge

The Round the Lake Challenge is an outdoor recreation challenge designed by the Lake George Land Conservancy to, "educate about the Lake George watershed’s natural, historical and cultural resources by encouraging first-hand experiences."

Van Dusen Preserve

One 3/4 mile hiking trail maintained by the Queensbury Land Conservancy, Van Dusen Preserve offers all types of terrain from level to sloping and, in some sections, quite steep. Well marked trail provides round-trip loop to crest of mountain ridge overlooking Glens Falls and Queensbury. Walking, hiking, wildlife observation, snowshoeing; parking. NO vehicles, camping or campfires are permitted.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A medley of easy trails meander through a snowy forest.

Crane Mountain Hiking Trail

Two trails from NYS DEC-maintained trailhead provide easy access to moderate hikes to 3,254ft craggy, open summit, pass pristine pond, spectacular views. Over 200 technical rock climbing routes ranging from 25 - 560 feet.

Ridge/Jenkinsville Park

The basketball courts, tennis court, and softball fields serve a variety of sports leagues for both adults and youth. Play apparatus and cookout grills offer fun opportunity for summer picnics. Restrooms are available on site. When the season allows enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in this 80 acre park.  

Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes

Details include area maps with description, distance and difficulty rating. Also includes information of historic sites, lakes, rivers, nature trails, geological formations, views and waterfalls. Download this guide to paths less taken in the Northeast's last great wilderness.

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.

Lake George Recreation Park

Baseball, softball and soccer fields by reservation; basketball, snow tubing. Dog Park.  Marked trails, 5-7km groomed trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing; 5 mile mixed use trail, backcountry skiing. Restrooms.

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.

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.