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.

Cougar Nature Trails

Cougar Nature Trails

An easy-to-moderate trail system in Chestertown.

Thirteenth Lake

Thirteenth Lake

Get in touch with nature at Thirteenth Lake! Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch, where you'll have a chance at landing brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, and landlocked salmon.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Find stunning views of southern Lake George at the Schumann Preserve! This easy-moderate hike located ten minutes outside of Lake George Village is ideal for families with small children. The orange trail brings hikers to a wooden gazebo with beautiful views of southern Lake George below. The blue trail continues from the gazebo for about a mile, ending at a seasonal waterfall.

Pole Hill Pond

The entrance to the Pole Hill Pond Preserve is on the west side of Route 9N. Look for the prominent sign.

Catamount Mountain

Green Hill and Catamount Mountain Hiking Trails

Hike in Pottersville to stunning views of the Adirondack High Peaks! Green Hill and Catamount Mountain are two hiking and snowshoeing trails based out of Natural Stone Bridge & Caves park in Pottersville. These trails are available for hiking and snowshoeing with admission to the park.

Warren County Nature Trails

Warren County Nature Trail & Nordic Ski System

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

Lake George Recreation Park

Lake George Recreation Park

Get outside and have some fun at the Lake George Recreation Park! There's a ton to do at the Lake George Recreation Park! Enjoy baseball, softball, and soccer fields by reservation. There are also basketball courts and a dog park available for use.

Queensbury Land Conservancy

Queensbury Land Conservancy

Take a walk in the woods on Queensbury Land Conservancy trails! The goal of the Queensbury Land Conservancy is to maintain natural treasures in the greater Queensbury-Glens Falls region. We work to conserve open space throughout the greater Queensbury area only minutes from suburban neighborhoods and shopping centers.

Clendon Brook Preserve

Easy .5 mile nature trail for walking maintained by the Queensbury Land Conservancy. Fishing. NO vehicles, camping or campfires are permitted.

Van Dusen Preserve

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.

Skiier with green skis and yellow jacket skiing corduroy at West Mountain with blue skies

West Mountain

West Mountain has been the perfect setting for your families’ winter outing for over 50 years. Enjoy biking, climbing and playing at West in the warmer months! West Mountain with a vertical drop of 1,010-feet has 31 trails across over 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. Don't plan on leaving when the sun goes down!

The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle

Find fantastic views of Lake George from the summit of the Pinnacle! The Pinnacle, a 73-acre preserve, is a hiking trail five minutes outside of Bolton Landing maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy.