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.

Van Dusen Preserve

One 3/4 mile hiking trail maintained by the Queensbury Land Conservancy, Van Dusen Preserve offers all types of terrain from level to sloping and, in some sections, quite steep. Well marked trail provides round-trip loop to crest of mountain ridge overlooking Glens Falls and Queensbury. Walking, hiking, wildlife observation, snowshoeing; parking. NO vehicles, camping or campfires are permitted.

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.

East Field

Home field for the Glens Falls Dragons of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League and the Glens Falls Greenjackets of the Empire Football League. Four-season recreation. Pool, playground, ball fields, tennis, bath house. Ice skating on frozen pond, weather permitting, warming hut.

Clendon Brook Preserve

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

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.

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.    

Darlings Ford at Lake George Wild Forest

Picnic tables, nature observation.

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.

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.

Frederick H. Flynn Memorial Park

Along the Schroon River, picnic tables and gazebo.

Murray State Park

Basketball, playground, softball, tennis, picnic.

Warrensburg Recreation Field

A four-season park. Picnic, playground, tennis, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and toboggan run.