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.

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.

Murray Street Park

Basketball, playground, softball, tennis, picnic.

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

Lake George Skate Plaza

Streetscape-style park with grind, taco and banks. Helmets required for all skaters 12 and under and they must be accompanied by an adult. Skateboards and inline skates only. Pets, bicycles, and BMX-style bikes are prohibited.

West End Park

Basketball, youth baseball field, playground, picnic tables and shelter. Leashed dogs are welcome.

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.

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.

Hovey Pond Park

Relax or walk around the pond at Hovey Pond Park! Hovey Pond Park is a great place to get some exercise and enjoy the sun. Resting quietly between the main roads through Queensbury, this small but beautiful four-acre pond contains a variety of fish -- from surprisingly big bass and pike, to trout and panfish. Walk around four-acre pond on the walking path, explore the marshland walkway, and use the observation decks.

Warren County Fish Hatchery

Learn about native fish at the Warren County Fish Hatchery! The Warren County Fish Hatchery consists of 38 acres along the Hudson River located in Warrensburg. The hatchery raises domestic brook trout, rainbow trout landlocked Atlantic salmon, and heritage brook trout. The fish raised here provide improved sport fishing throughout Warren County waters.

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.

Veterans Memorial Park

Swim in the sun on Lake George at Veterans Memorial Park! Have fun in the sun at Veterans Memorial Park, a public park in the heart of Bolton Landing. Swim in the shallow swimming area or lounge on the sandy beach. Play basketball, hang on the docks, and enjoy picnic tables & grills, a playground, and a pavilion. The beach is open daily throughout the summer with lifeguards present.

Clendon Brook Preserve

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