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.

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

72 acres of Adirondack fun in Bolton Landing! Up Yonda Farm is an educational museum that specializes in teaching kids about the Adirondacks. The museum features wildlife exhibits of native mammals and birds such as bears, bobcats, fishers, and porcupines. Hands on children's exhibits feature archaeology digs and touch tables.

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

Thomas Mountain

Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserve

Cat and Thomas Mountains offer spectacular views of Lake George a mere five minutes from Bolton Landing. The Preserve is family and pet-friendly with easy to challenging trails. Your dog must be leashed at all times. The Preserve is designated Carry In / Carry Out.

Anthonys Nose

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.

Thomas Mountain

Lake George 12ster

Founded in 2016, the Lake George 12ster provides a formidable taste of what the Adirondacks have to offer. Traverse 12 peaks, nearly 40 miles of trails, and up to 9,000 feet of elevation gain. Become a 12ster at your own pace, or tackle them all in a 24-Hour Ultra. Winter and Ultra Winter categories available for those that love to embrace the cold.

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.

Clendon Brook Preserve

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

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!

North Creek Ski Bowl

North Creek Ski Bowl Mountain Biking Trails

Explore professionally-designed mountain bike trails at the North Creek Ski Bowl! The professionally-designed mountain bike trail system at North Creek Ski Bowl is a combination of multi-use and dedicated mountain bike trails providing single- and double-track trails, switchbacks, and some challenging climbs.

Hudson River Recreation Area

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.

Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes

Details include area maps with description, distance and difficulty rating. It also includes information on 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.