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.

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.

Meadowbrook Preserve

Take a walk at the Meadowbrook Preserve! This 44-acre preserve provides a wonderful 1.75-mile trail system beginning in a meadow, looping through wooded trails, and heading back into the meadow. Along the trail, twelve educational signs share habitat information for preserve visitors. Additional signage is placed on trees throughout the preserve, noting different species that can be found in the forest.

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Region

This 46,283-acre wilderness includes an abundance of lakes, ponds, streams, mountains, and hiking trails that are open to the public. The over 70 miles of hiking trails range from easy to difficult. Pharaoh Mountain, the highest mountain in the preserve, is found on the shores of Pharaoh Lake, the largest lake in the preserve.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail at Town of Chester Recreation Center

Seven miles of off-road trail. Some of the trail is lighted for night riding.

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.

Kipp Mountain Hiking Trail

A 1.92 mile out-and-back trail in Chestertown.

Warren County Nature Trail & Nordic Ski System

Easy-to-expert hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails on the banks of the Hudson River.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

An quick and easy hike to views of Loon Lake in Chestertown.

Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail

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

Summer Activities at Gore Mountain

Scenic gondola rides, downhill mountain biking, self-guided hiking, disc golf, climbing wall, indoor and outdoor mini golf, inflatables, and bungee trampoline.

Chester Challenge

Discover one of the best kept hiking secrets in the Adirondacks!

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."