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.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Conserving, improving and protecting New York's natural resources and environment. Site includes information on outdoor recreation, lands and waters, licenses and permits and much more.

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.

Siamese Ponds Wilderness Hiking Trails

52 miles of marked hiking trails in southeastern part of Adirondack Park. Access to trails from Route 8 in Bakers Mills or 13th Lake Rd in North River. Over 36 ponds & lakes originate here. Contact DEC for hiking trail maps.

View from Black Mtn summit

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.

Godwin Preserve

Godwin Preserve

Get off the beaten path at the Godwin Preserve! The Godwin Preserve, a Lake George Land Conservancy trail in Bolton Landing, offers an easy, short hike to a lookout. The lookout offers stunning views of High Noppit, Amy's Park below, and other mountains in the distance.

Meadowbrook Preserve

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.

Hudson River Nature Trail

Picnic. Easy trail along the river.

Gurney Lane

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

A four-season recreation park in Queensbury.

Meade Mountain

Meade Mountain and Beckman Mountain Hiking Trail

A 2.1-mile round trip trail that brings hikers to two separate summits.

Van Dusen Preserve

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.

Amy's Park

Amy's Park

There are four hiking trails for passive recreation, exploration, education and two water access points. The park includes lookout areas where you can view the active beaver pond and its resident wildlife, as well as a view of Lake George. You can hike the perimeter of the Park via the yellow trail to the red trail to the north pond on the blue trail; go south from the blue trail to the orange trail to the parking lot.

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. 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!