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.

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.

Crane

Crane Mountain Hiking Trail

Two trails from NYS DEC-maintained trailhead provide easy access to moderate hikes to 3,254ft craggy, open summit, pass pristine pond, spectacular views. Over 200 technical rock climbing routes ranging from 25 - 560 feet.

Hudson River Nature Trail

Picnic. Easy trail along the river.

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Ski, hike, cycle, and more at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area! There is so much to do at Dynamite Hill! Get outside in the summer on 133 acres of marked hiking, single-track cycling, and the seasonal picnic pavilion. In the winter, Dynamite Hill offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, downhill tubing, and ice skating. There's even night skiing, a tow rope, and a warming hut!

ADK-9 Challenge

ADK-9 Challenge

Try to complete the new ADK-9 hiking challenge! This challenge consists of 9 dog friendly hikes, with gorgeous views of the Adirondack Mountains! Each trail give hikers a chance to explore less populated areas in the region as well.

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.

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.

Van Dusen Preserve

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

Note: The Schumann Preserve is closed to hikers until further notice. Take a look at the Warren County Recreation Mapper to find other hiking options. This easy-moderate hike located ten minutes outside of Lake George Village is ideal for families with small children.

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.

Pharoah Lake Wilderness

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Explore the Adirondack wilderness around Pharaoh Lake! This 46,283-acre wilderness includes an abundance of lakes, ponds, streams, mountains, and hiking trails that are open to the public. The over 70 miles of hiking trails range from easy to difficult. Pharaoh Mountain, the highest mountain in the preserve, is found on the shores of Pharaoh Lake, the largest lake in the preserve. These trails are great for snowshoeing.

Berry Pond Preserve

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.