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.

Queensbury Land Conservancy

Maintaining natural treasures in the Greater Queensbury - Glens Falls region is the goal of the QLC.Walking, hiking, wildlife observation, snowshoeing; parking.

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.

Freedom Park

The perfect park for children with a variety of physical abilities! Freedom Park is a barrier-free playground, making it accessible to those with disabilities. The playground has swings, slides, a sand table, and climbing structures. There are picnic tables and a portable restroom at the park. No pets please.    

Lake George Recreation Park

Baseball, softball and soccer fields by reservation; basketball, snow tubing. Dog Park.  Marked trails, 5-7km groomed trails, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing; 5 mile mixed use trail, backcountry skiing. Restrooms.

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.

Sagamore State Park

Basketball, playground, tennis, picnic.

Thirteenth Lake

Thirteenth lake in North River is a backwoods experience minus the hike. An accessible gravel path leads from the parking lot to a canoe launch where you'll have a chance at landing native Adirondack brook trout. Feeling adventurous? A network of hiking trails loop around the lake's east side, offering access to lakeside campsites and gin clear mountain ponds. 

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Region

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.

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.

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

83-acre nature preserve along the Hudson River, fishing access. Over 2 miles marked trails for walking, hiking, mountain biking; snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Leashed dogs are welcome. Camping, swimming, motorized vehicles are prohibited.

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.

First Wilderness Heritage Corridor

Explore communities along the Hudson River, upstream from Glens Falls and west of Lake George which have joined together to celebrate their shared history along the earliest route into the heart of the Adirondack wilderness. From the Great Falls of the Hudson, upriver to the dramatic Hudson River Gorge, the stream tumbles over falls and rapids, past dramatic cliffs of magnificent marble, then slows to flow easily through ice meadows.