Because the Adirondacks will always retain a natural element a huge piece of a Lake George Area vacation is experiencing nature. To breathe in the wild, explore a Lake George Area park or nature preserve.

The Lake George Area, nestled in the southern tier of the Adirondack Mountains and speckled with lakes and forests, is a natural wonder. Visitors and residents flock to the parks and nature preserves in the region to breathe in all that nature has to offer. Spend some time in the park for a family picnic lunch or to exercise off those vacation meals. Find a nature preserve in hopes that you’ll come across some wildlife, or go hiking, biking, and birding on the area’s trails.

A family vacation doesn’t need to be all hustle and bustle, and the Lake George Area’s parks and nature preserves are the perfect places for a family to slow down.

Terzian Woodlot

Terzian Woodlot is nice for families and their leashed dogs to enjoy. The easy-moderate trails, with some steep climbs, are used for birding, hiking, and snowshoeing. Some of LGLC trails connect with the Silver Bay YMCA trails.

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.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Explore the Caroline Fish Memorial Trail with a hike or by bike! The Caroline Fish Memorial Trail offers 2.6 miles of off-road trail for biking and hiking. This multi-use trail offers a variety of terrain for varying skill levels of mountain biking, with an elevation gain and drop of 120'.

Usher Park

Usher Park

Relax on the beach only minutes from Lake George Village at Usher Park! Facilities at the park include two pavilions (a large one for groups of 40-150, and a small one for groups under 40), picnic tables, playground equipment, a tennis court, a basketball court and a beach. Beach is available when lifeguards are on duty, which is during the summer season.

Peggy's Point

Peggy's Point

This beautiful park with 315 feet of Lake George shoreline was donated to the Lake George Land Conservancy in 2005 by Margaret "Peggy" A. Darrin. This is a great spot for fishing in Lake George, picnicking on the grass, or simply wandering outdoors. Sprawling lawns make the park an excellent place to relax in the sun. Towering birches and a gazebo offer plenty of shade for young visitors.

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

Explore the forest at Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve! The Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve is an 83 acre preserve along the banks of the Hudson River in Queensbury. It includes a 2.6-mile system of marked trails with scenic views of the Hudson for walking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. There is an inter-looping single track course. Anglers can fish in the Hudson River.

Rogers Memorial Park

Rogers Memorial Park

Swim and picnic at Rogers Memorial Park in Bolton Landing! Have fun in the sun at Rogers Memorial Park, a public park in the heart of Bolton Landing. Enjoy tennis courts, basketball, docks, picnic tables & grills, a playground, and a pavilion. The pier, public docks, and restrooms are recently renovated.

Halfway Brook Trail

This meticulously planned collaboration between Glens Falls and Queensbury opens the beautiful watershed lands spread out between Potter and Peggy Ann Roads. The 1.2-mile path meanders through "Potter Woods" taking the visitor through the diverse ecosystems of wetlands and woodlands, as well as an active tree farm. A hand-built bridge carries you over the trail's namesake and onto the path ahead.

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.

Garnet Mine Tours

Fun for all ages ~ treasure hunting in the garnet mines! Starting at the Gore Mountain Mineral Shop you follow a tour guide, in your own car, to the site of the Garnet Mines. Your tour guide will share the history and geology of the Garnet Mine and demonstrate how you will find your own garnet gemstones, large garnet crystal faces and beautiful, museum-quality mineral specimens. You will visit the # 1 open pit where you can collect your own garnets.

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.

Van Dusen Preserve

Van Dusen Preserve

A well-marked nature preserve in Queensbury.