Adirondack Hikes & Great Walks

"In every walk with Nature one received far more than he seeks."  - J. Muir


The Adirondack Park is a mix of private and public lands (6 million acres).  The backcountry acreage is enormous and the Adirondacks has the largest trail system in the nation with more than 2,000 miles.  Enjoy the glory of hiking the Adirondacks, nature's solitude, unbroken forest, lakes and mountains and take the path less taken.  Focus on your senses.  The Adirondacks is the largest roadless areas east of the Rockies

The 46er' club, what's that all about?  Check it out the 46'er directory!   While you are on a mountain climb, the Park is restoring some of our fire towersThe newest fun in hiking has become Geo caching.  Go find one, or make one, and have a nice treasure hunt while enjoying the beautiful Adirondack scenery.  The Adirondacks isn't just 'the wild' (as the First Lady Hillary Clinton coined), we have comfortable family nature trails for all ages!   Enjoy hiking to some of our majestic waterfalls for some great photos (remember the extra batteries)!

When traveling, please always remember safety (click here for a free Safety Tip Guide).  Suit up with appropriate outer wear and gear (map/compass/flashlight/ batteries/food/water/extra clothing) and plan your hike thoroughly.  Adirondack weather can shift.  Forest Ranger Directory (click here).  Always sign in at the registry and let someone know your itinerary.  The forest have a lot of wildlife to enjoy and RESPECT.  Hike in numbers, or make a safety plan.  Practice "Leave no Trace".  Trails are experiencing an increase in numbers of dogs and their masters.  The State asks that dog owners please be considerate of your fellow users, and have control of your pet particularly around small children, remove droppings from the trail and campsite area.  Thanks from all of us hikers. 


View our own special Hiking Video Series by InAndAroundTheAdirondackPark (click here) and see what we see that is so special about our forests and natural resources.   DEC requires that groups of 10 or more persons camping on state land obtain a permit from the forest ranger.  Campsites are on a first-come-first serve basis.


Resources are provided below. We also invite you to share your nature stories with our readers.  If you wish to get published (free), us.  By sharing, we better our world.  Save your Adirondack memories, and write them down.  Enjoy stories of our ancestors walking the Adirondack pass.  Happy Trails! 


Quick Links:  Caroga LakeElizabethtown, Glens Falls Region, Gore Mountain Region, Hamilton County, Jay, Keene/Keene Valley, Lake Champlain Region, Lake George Region, Lake Placid/Saranac Lake/Raybrook Region, LewisLong Lake, Newcomb, North Hudson, Old Forge, Paul Smith, St. Lawrence County, Schroon Lake, Ticonderoga, Washington and Westport ~~  Subject:  Historical Walking Tours & Sites, Nature Trails, Support Services, Fire Towers, 46er's, Back Packing Hiking Rules



Caroga Lake

Green Lake Trail

Kane Mountain (fire tower)

(.5 mi, up to 2,200 elev - Green Lake Road or Schoolhouse Road)

Nine Cornered Lake

(2, mi, Pine Lake, Route 29A)

Broomstick Lake

(1.7 mi, grassy shore lake)

Good Luck Lake

(1.8 m, sandy shore lake)

Spectacle Lake

(2.5 mile off Good Luck Lake - great fishing, camping)




Blueberry Cobbles

(3.8 miles - easy) & Ball Peak (7.8 miles difficult)

Hurricane Mountain

(5.2 miles difficult)

Dix Mountain Wilderness

45,208 acres in the towns of Elizabethtown, Keene and North Hudson

Giant Mountain Wilderness and Boquet River Primitive




Glens Falls Region

Glens Falls Feeder Canal

 Glens Falls & Queensbury


Gurney Lane Nature Trail

Gurney Lane, Queensbury, 518-761-8216

Crandall Park Int'l Trail System

 Route 9, Glens Falls




Gore Mountain Region

Warren County Nature Trail System - Hudson Ave, Warrensburg, 518-623-5576

Dynamite Hill Nature Trail

(.5 miles) easy - Route 8 Chestertown

Pack Demonstration Forest - Rt 9 & 28, Warrensburg (2500 acre environmental Demo Forest)

 518-623-9679 (Trail Map)

Carol A. Thomas Memorial Walk

 North Creek


Crane Mountain

trail at Garnet Lake Road


Gore Mountain

Peaceful Valley Road, North Creek


Adirondack Safaris

(birding & nature hikes by guide)

Siamese Pond Wilderness

(low mtn, wetlands, ponds, & Sacandaga River east branch)

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park

 535 Stone Bridge Road



Hoffman Notch Wilderness

Minerva (2,886 acres)

Dean Farm Trail

Murray Road, Stony Creek

Trail Map

Johnsburg Maps

Balm of Guild (map)  E. Branch Sacandaga (map)

Halfway Brook (map)  Hour Pond (map)

John Pond Crossover (map)  Kibby Pond (map)

Johnsburg Maps

Old Farm Clearing (map) Peaked Mt (map)

Puffer Pond (map)   Putnam Farm (map)

Rabbit Pond (map) Raymond Brook Ski (map)

Johnsburg Maps

Shaefer Trail (map) Second Pond (map)

13th Lake/Kings Flow (map) 13th Lake/Hour Pond (map)

William Blake (map)

Thurman Maps

Georgia Creek (map) Indian Pond (map)

Lizard Pond (map)  Moose Mtn (map)

North Bend (map) Round Pond (map)

Gore Mountain Ski Bowl Trail (map)

Ski Bowl Connecter Trail (map)

Route 28, North Creek


Thurman Maps
Arrow Trail (Map)  Baldwin Spring (Map)
Cod Pond (Map)  Crane Mtn. (Map)

Dog & Pup Bypass (Map)   Fish Ponds (Map)


Titbit:  The Siamese Pond Wilderness has 108,000 acres/172 square miles of gentle mountains, forest, streams and 36ponds.  Major trail heads are located at Thirteenth Lake (end of Old Farm Clearing Rd.); south of Indian Lake village at Big Brook Road, or the east shores of Indian Lake.


Hamilton County




Moose River Recreation Area

(Route 28 to Limekiln Road from Inlet)

Wackley Mountain (w/fire tower)

Primitive area consists of 120 acres, facilities at foot trail, observer cabins

Sly Pond Trail

(5.4 miles) portion of little Moose Mtn. before Sly Pond

Lost Pond Trail

(1.0 miles)

Hell Diver Pond Trail

(.25 miles) - easy trail, short canoe carry

Mitchell Ponds Trail

(2.8 miles) - 2 mile walk to pond on old roadway

Rock Dam Road

(1.4 miles) - from Red River Bridge intersection to end of Rock Dam Road

Whites Pond Trail

(1.9 miles)

Otter Brook Road

(3.3 miles)

Ice House Pond Trail

(.4 miles) - follows old road, and short canoe carry to Kelly Bog Pond, good trout fishing

Beaver Lake Trail

(2.3 miles) - west of Moose River Bridge, trail follows old road on the north shore of lake

Squaw Lake Trail

(8.4 miles) - From Indian Lake Road to Otter Brook Road

Muskrat Pond Trail

(.1 mile) - from Indian Lake road

Indian Lake Trail

(.1 mile) - from Indian Lake Road

West Canada Wilderness

numerous lakes & streams

Northville-Placid Trail

(W. Canada Wilderness) 16.8 miles

Brooktrout Trail

(5.9 miles) - W. Canada Wilderness trails lead to Falls Pond, Wolf Lake & Deep Lake

Indian River Trail

(9.0 miles) - W. Canada Wilderness, Indian River Road past Indian Lake, continues to Horn, Balsam and Stink Lake

Wakely Mtn. Trail

(3.2 miles) steep climb to top 3,477' w/fire tower

Siamese Pond Wilderness

(low mtn, wetlands, ponds, & Sacandaga River east branch)

Silver Lake Wilderness

Silver Lake (106,770 acres), Sacandaga Primitive area (4.2 acres) and Cathead Mountain Primitive Area (206 acres)

Titbit:  The Moose River Recreation Area consist of 50,000 acres purchased from Gould Paper Co in 1963; terrain is flat and great plains of the Moose & Red Rivers, matched with the steep pitches of adjoining forested ridges.  40 miles of roads, and 27 miles of trails, and a public campground at Limekiln Lake.



Keene/Keene Valley/Jay

Baxter Mountain

 (2.2 miles - moderate)

Blueberry Mountain

 (4.8 miles - difficult)

Cathedral Rocks/Bear Run Loop  (4 miles, moderate)

Indian Head

 (8 miles, moderate)

Owls Head

(1.3 miles, easy)

Round Mountain Loop

(5 miles, moderate)

Snow Mountain

(3.4 miles, moderate)

Dix Mountain Wilderness

45,208 acres in the towns of Elizabethtown, Keene and North Hudson

Giant Mountain Wilderness and Boquet River Primitive

Jay Mountain Wilderness




Lake Champlain Region

This Region is blessed with having one of New York Natural Wonders, the Ausable Chasm in Ausable Chasm, NY.  Check out NY's

Belfry Mtn.

(.4 miles, easy w/fire tower)

Valcour Island Perimeter Trail

(5.7 miles)

Valcour Island Nomad Trail

(2.1 miles of the interior) and 1 mile water crossing from Peru boat launch, site of naval battle, add'l 7 mile trails, easy

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain

(1.9 miles w/fire tower & campground)

Lyon Mountain

(5 miles w/fire tower) International Views

Snake Den Bay Outlook Trail

Four Ponds - Lincoln Pond - Mineville area (Tanaher Pond, Mill Pond, Murrey Ponds, Russett Ponds)

Morehouse Bridge to Boquet, Essex (3.1 miles, easy)

Sunrise Trail to Mt. Gilligan

(1.l mile, steady climb with great outlooks)

Lake Alice (3 miles, easy)

Chazy, wildlife mgt. sites

Silver Lake mountain

(1.8 miles easy) lake views are outstanding, off Silver Lk. Rd, and Silver Lake Bog (2.5 miles, easy)

Ausable Marsh

(3 miles, easy) at Ausable Point Campground, great bird watching

Lewis Preserve

 (5.6 miles easy), civil war charcoal kilns, foundations, stone fences, north of Danamora


Walking Guide to Keeseville's Historic District, call 518-834-9606

Ausable Chasm

 famous waterfalls, 'a must do' (admission fee)

Clintonvile Pine Barrens

(Nature Conservancy Preserve), 900 acre pine barren, guide trail at trailhead


Historical Walking Tour, famous battles, call 518-563-1000

Point Au Rouche State Park

 (8 miles trail network, easy) views of Champlain


Cook Mtn. Preserve

200 acre preserve, off Baldwin Road, Ticonderoga

Titbit:  NY State Canal System consist of 4 segments; the 70-mile Erie Canal Trail between Lockport and Fairport; the 36 mile Old Erie Canal State Park Trail between Rome and DeWitt; the 25 mile Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway between Cohoes and Rotterdam and the 8 mile Glens Falls Feeder Canal Trail between Glens Falls and Fort Edward.  The Canal System connects the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and five waterways into Canada. (reported by the Lake George Guide, 2006)  NYS Canal System - 800 4CANAL5


Lake George Region

Buck Mountain

(6 miles RT), off Pilot Knob Road

Prospect Mountain

(4 miles RT), off Smith Street

Hadley Mountain

(2 miles RT), off Hadley Hill Road, Lake Luzerne

Lake George Land Conservancy Preserve & Trails

 Lake Shore Dr., Lake George

Blue Ledges (2.2 miles RT) off North Woods Club Road

Cat & Thomas Mt. Preserve

(enter Bolton Landing) 518-644-9673

Lake George Rec Park  Nature Trail

Transfer Road & Route 9N

Warren County Nature Trail System

Hudson Street, Warrensburg, 518-623-1265

Macionis Family Center

 Lake Shore Drive., Route 9N

 Bolton Landing

Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks

87 Silver Bay Road

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

Bolton Landing

Palmer Pond Trails

Palmer Pond Road, Chestertown


Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway

Route 9, Lake George

Black Mountain Range

 Pilot Knob


Hackensack Mountain Park
Warren Street, Warrensburg

Trail Map


Lake Placid/Saranac Lake/Raybrook

This Region is blessed with having one of New York Natural Wonders, the High Falls Gorge in Lake Placid.  Check out NY's

Cascade Mountain

(4.8 miles, moderate)

Mt. Jo

(2.3 miles, moderate)

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

(4.4 miles, moderate)

Balance Rocks on Pitchoff Mountain

(3.2 miles, moderate)

Avalanche Pass & Lake

(8.8 miles, moderate)

Rocky Falls

(* 4.8 miles, moderate)

Haystack Mountain

(6.5 miles, moderate)

Mt. Baker

(1.8 miles moderate)

Scarface Mountain

(6.6 miles, moderate)

Ampersand Mountain

Rt 3 west (5.4 miles RT - steep climb to summit)

Bloomingdale Bog Trail

(7.5 miles RT) past Adk. Med. Center, easy hike or mtn. bike

Middle Saranac Lake

(1.5 miles RT), Route 3, easy stroll

Northville-Lake Placid Trail *

135 mile trail system (click here for map)



Tidbit:  * The Northville-Lake Placid Trail:   The 90's anniversary is celebrated on the completion of the Northville-Placid Trail (135- mile foot path from Northville to Lake Placid, established in 1992.  The trail was birth before automobiles were a common stable.  Heavy logging in the '20 laid ideas to the trail system, as well as the old Indian & military trails.   In '22, William G. Howard, the 1st chair of the Adirondack Mountain Club, with his friends laid out the proposed trail.  They hired Messrs. Edward M. Noyes and Howard Rowe to blaze the trail and they were later referred to as "Messrs".  There are interesting tales of Noyes sewing up his cut chin with hair of the mule.   In 2014, there are events scheduled the celebrate the 90th anniversary of the completion!  

Blue Ledge

 (5 miles, easy)

Camp Santanoni

(9 miles, moderate) Also visit Great Camp Santanoni

Hewitt Pond-Stony Pond

 (6 miles, moderate

Goodnow Mountain

(3.8 miles, moderate w/fire tower)

Vanderwhacker Mountain

(5.8 miles, difficulty w/fire tower)

Calamity Brook to Flowed Land

(9.4 miles, moderate)

Indian Pass & Wallface Mountain

(8.8 miles, moderate & rugged 1.2 miles)

Cold River Horse Trail System (between Rt. 28N at Newcomb)



Dix Mountain Wilderness

(45,208 acre wilderness)

Hoffman Notch Wilderness

 North Hudson (14,332 acres)



Bald Mtn. Trail

(off Rt 28)-  4 miles past Visitor's Center) great views, 1 mile hike

Bubb Lake & Sis Lake

2.3 mile hike, access Rt. 28, 2 scenic lakes

Cascade Lake

 4.6 mile round trip, swim, canoe, camp, fish & waterfalls, easy grades, parking

Fly Pond

, across from Rondax Rd. & Bald Mtn. - Parking area, scenic mtn. & pond

Moss Lake, Big Moose Rd. in Eagle Bay

2.5 mile loop hike, level, canoe, camp, fish & swim

Town of Web Visitors Info Center


Fern Park

 South Shore Rd, Inlet (easy to difficult)

Catholic Press

(.5 mile easy),  Rt. 28 Inlet trailhead

Ferd's Bog

(.4 mile, floating boardwalk) - Uncas Rd @ Eagle Bay

Rocky Mountain Summit

(.6 miles, intermediate) - Route 28, Inlet

Black Bear Mountain Summit

(3.5 miles steep, 2.1 difficult) -Rt. 28, Inlet

Uncas Black Bear Mountain Trail

(2.2 miles to summit, intermediate, trails continues to Bug Lake 3.1 & Eagle's Nest 3.8 miles)

Moss Lake

(3.8 miles easy) Big Moose Rd., Eagle Bay - also serves as trailhead to Bubb Lake, 1.5 miles & Sis Lake 2.5 miles



Paul Smith - St. Regis

Debar Pond

(.6 miles, easy), off Route 99

Everton Falls

(Nature Conservancy Preserve), waterfall just off road, and 10 mile stillwater trip.  Trail guides available

St. Regis River Hydro Site

(.5 miles, easy) waterfalls & rapids viewing

White Pine Camp

(2.5 miles, admission for guided walk) Adk. Great Camp on Osgood Pond

Adirondack Park Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smiths, 518-327-3000

Azure Mountain.

(1 miles, moderate) - fire tower, off Blue Mtn. Road

Jenkins Mtn.

(8.4 miles, difficult) contact Interpretive Center @ Paul

Elephant Head

(1 mile, moderate) Isolated hilltop with views, off Rt. 30

Red Dot Trail

(2.5 mile loop near Osgood Pond, easy)


St. Lawrence (Star Lake, Cranberry Lake, Fine, Colton)

Clear Pond

(6.6 miles moderate) incl. Lilypad Pond, Long Pond, picturesque glacial ponds, south of Parishville

Tooley Pond Mountain

(2.5 miles, moderate) former fire tower, parking area, west of Cranberry Lake & across road of Cranberry Mini Mart

Streeter Lake

(8 miles, moderate or 1 mile easy), 2 trailheads, south of Star Lake

Stone Valley Recreation Area

(7.5 mile loop, easy to moderate), rapids, waterfalls, gorges, rock outcroppings, Raquette River) below Colton dam

Grass River Waterfalls

(easy), South Branch for great waterfalls, public access, north of Cranberry Lake

Wolf Lake

(5 mile loop, moderate) interesting trail around rocks, lakes & bluff overlooking Huckleberry Lake, in Edward

Copper Rock Falls

 (start from Tooley Pond Mtn.) 8.1 mi follow path to falls, also .8 across bridge able to launch canoe

Greenwood Creek

(1.8 mile)

Rainbow Falls

(follow Copper Rock Falls) go past bridge to lg. island in river.  Path marked

Bulkhead Falls

 (Tooley Pond Rd, passes close), see road, "no motorized vehicles', follow to falls

Sinclair Falls

(intersection of Lk. George Bridge & parking lot). Visible from bridge, follow path

Lampson Falls

(end of Tooley Pond Road, R on Clare Rd., follow marked trail, 60' cascade drop, picnic spot


Schroon Lake

This Region is blessed with having one of New York Natural Wonders, the Natural Stone Bridge & Caves in Pottersville.  Check out NY's

Bear Pond Loop

(5 miles, easy), loop w/Rock Pond-Clear Pond trails

Grizzle Ocean

(5 miles, easy)

Pharoah Lake

(7.2 miles, moderate)

Pharaoh Mtn.

(11.3 miles, difficult) + 100 miles of trails

Rock Pond Mine

(*5.4 miles, moderate)

Severance Hill

(2 miles, moderate)

Treadway Mountain

(*7.8 miles, moderate) trail head at westerly shores of Putnam Pond near Mud Pond outlet

Hoffman Notch Traverse

(7.6 miles, difficult)

Crane Pond Road w/ Goose Pond, Long Swing Trails (moderate)

Sucker Brook Horse Trail - village of Adirondack

 Goose Pond Trail

(departs at Crane Pond trailhead, .06 mile to pond)

Spectacle Pond Trail

(1.6 miles, accessed by Alder Meadow Rd and Route 9)

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park

 535 Stone Bridge Road Pottersville


Dix Mountain Wilderness

(45,208 acre wilderness)

Hoffman Notch Wilderness

Schroon Lake (21,439 acres)



Cook Mtn. Preserve (2.6 miles, easy)

La Chute Trail (.5 miles, easy)


Black Mt. Range

(@ Pilot Knob, overlooks Lake George)





Coon Mountain Preserve

(2 miles, easy, bushwhack 246 acre preserve)

Split Rock Mtn.

(6.5 miles, moderate)



Essex Walking Tour


Historical Bridges of the Ausable


Keeseville Walking Tour


Port Henry Walking Tour

The Iron Center


Ticonderoga Walking Tour

Hancock Museum


Westport Walking Tour

Westport Chamber of Commerce


Camp Santanoni Preserve



Champlain Monument

Bridge Road, Crown Point


Chimney Point State Historical Site

Crown Point Bridge, VT


John Brown Farm State Historical Site

2 John Brown Road, Lake Placid


Adsit Log Cabin

Willsboro Point Road, Willsboro




Carol A. Thomas Memorial Walk

North Creek


Crandall Park Int'l Ski Trails

Route 9, Glens Falls


Dynamite Hill Nature Trail

Route 8, Chestertown


Feeder Canal

Haviland Ave, Queensbury


Gurney Lane Recreation Area

Gurney Lake, Queensbury


Hovey Pond

Lafayette Street, Queensbury


Macionia Family Center for Conservation

Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing


Lake George Recreation Center

Route 9N, Lake George


Pack Demonstration Forest

Route 9, Warrensburg


Palmer Pond Trail

Chestertown NY


Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

Lake Shore Drive, Bolton Landing


Warren County Nature Trail System

Hudson Street, Warrensburg


Tidbit:  The black bear in the most abundant large omnivore in the Park.  Officials estimate the population to be more than 4,000.  Adults can weigh between 125 to 500 pounds and live for to be 33 years old.  Our Adirondack bears can open camper's containers.  Please be sure to 'bear-proof' your perishable foods.   Once bears get use to our food, they loose their natural instincts of wild forging.  We need your help to keep our camper save and keep our bear's in their 'wild' state.


Adirondack Mountain Club

 (Kids on Trails, Fire Towers, Adk. Guides, Maps & more)

Adirondack Maps

(Delorme, Topo Maps)

Hamilton County Tourism

 800-648-5239 (ask for the "Adirondack Great Walks & Day Hikes")

State-wide Emergency Search & Rescue/Fire Hot Line 518-891-0235

Adirondack Great Walks & Day Hikes brochure


Dept. of Environmental Conservation

232 Hudson St., Warrensburg


Five Star Trails in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Dommunity Base Trails & Lodging System

524 Lake Street, Saranac Lake





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