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.

Anthony's Nose Preserve

Anthony's Nose Preserve offers spectacular views of Rogers' Rock to the north and sweeping views of Lake George looking south. This 0.9-mile trail is a moderate climb to a 1,265 ft summit. Follow the clearly marked blue trail. The summit trail will take you to the Rogers' Rock outlook, looking north and west.

Round the Lake Challenge

Explore the Lake George Area and become a Round-the-Laker! 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."

Black Mountain Range

This New York State DEC-maintained trail overlooks Lake George from the east side. The highest mountain on the shores of Lake George has a summit elevation of 2646 feet. Easy climbing most of the way with an occasional rocky pitch. Choose an up and back trail or loop trail to Black Mountain Pond and Lapland Pond before heading back to the trail head. Another option is access from the lake with a DEC day-use permit so you can dock your boat and hike up. Several lean-tos on various trails.

Hudson River Recreation Area

Features river access for swimming, picknicking, boating, tubing. Old tote roads for hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing. Bear Slide Trail just past culvert for Buttermilk Brook. Primative camping includes sites for visitors with disabilities. Maps on website.

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.

Cook Mountain

The three trails of Cook Mountain Preserve offer a variety of experiences for hikers of all ages and abilities.

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.  

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.

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

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.

Dynamite Hill at Town of Chester Recreation Center

133 acres for hiking, single track bicycling. Rope tow, night skiing, snowmaking. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, sledding, tubing hill, ice skating, warming hut. Half-mile, marked nature trail. Seasonal picnic pavilion.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

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