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.

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.

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.

North Creek Ski Bowl

North Creek Ski Bowl

A one-of-a-kind trail system for Nordic skiers.

Cook Mountain lakeview

Cook Mountain

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

Lake George Watershed Birding

Wetlands can be explored by boat or trail. At Bolton Landing and Rogers Rock, look for Waterfowl, Peregrine Falcons, American Bittern and Swans. To the south, explore the wetlands of Lake George at Dunham, Harris and Warner Bays.

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.

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. IMPORTANT Safety Protocols:

Cougar Nature Trails

Cougar Nature Trails

An easy-to-moderate trail system in Chestertown.

Stewart Mountain Hiking Trail

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

Peaked Mountain

Peaked Mountain Hiking Trail

Challenge yourself on the Peaked Mountain Hiking Trail! This 6-mile round trip hike in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness begins along the shore of Thirteenth Lake. The trail leads to Peaked Pond and two primitive campsites that can be used on a first come-first served basis. A short but steep ascent leads from Peaked Pond to the summit of Peaked Mountain, where stunning views await!

Potash Mountain

Potash Mountain Hiking Trail

Discover gorgeous views of the Adirondacks from the summit of Potash Mountain! This 2.6-mile round trip climb brings hikers to an open summit that seems more like a meadow than the top of a mountain. The hike to the summit is short and steep with views beginning towards the top of the trail. From the top, hikers will find gorgeous views of Fourth Lake and dozens of mountains.

Sullivan Preserve

Sullivan Preserve

Hike in Queensbury at the Sullivan Preserve! The Sullivan Preserve is a 2.5 mile, 70-acre property that was donated to the Queensbury Land Conservancy in 2018. It is a web of mostly simple trails, with a few sustained hills.