Hiking

More than 2,000 miles of hiking trails wind through the Adirondack Park, offering a glimpse into a world pristine and untouched – just as it was hundreds of years ago. Whether you are out to conquer the 46 High Peaks, backpack through the woods, or just stroll along Plattsburgh’s Heritage Trail, the Adirondack Coast offers a wide variety of hiking opportunities.

Hiking Locations

High Peaks

Interactive Hiking Map

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On the Trail

Explore the region via a wide variety of trails and walking paths. Whether you are an experienced hiker or this is your first time out, there are many great walks and day hikes in the Adirondacks suited to your ability. Choose from hikes with:

Silver Lake Mountain - 1.8 miles roundtrip, easy. 
The summit ridge of this mountain is a series of open rock ledges with outstanding views of Silver Lake, Union Falls Pond, Taylor Pond, Catamount and Whiteface Mountain. The trail to the top has several open views and rocky sections along the way. 
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Lyon Mountain - 5 miles roundtrip, difficult. 
The international view from the top of this mountain includes the skyline of Montreal, the Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. It is a steep climb to the open summit and its abandoned fire tower. 
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Valcour Island  - 1 mile water crossing from the Peru boat launch, difficult, and 7.5 miles of trails, easy. 
This historic island, now owned by New York state, was the site of the  first naval battle during the Revolutionary War. The historic lighthouse, built in 1874, is open to public on Sundays during the summer. There are many beautiful views from the shoreline trail that circles the island, skirting cliffs, a heron rookery, beaches and sheltered bays. This is a very popular camping destination for boaters on Lake Champlain in the summer. The water crossing can become dangerous when windy conditions cause the narrow channel to become very rough. Be sure to check the weather forecast before setting out and choose your day wisely.  Show me on a map

Point Au Roche State Park - 8 mile trail network, easy. 
The network of trails begins near the nature center where you’ll find a sign with a map of the area. Most of the trails lead to spectacular views of Lake Champlain and, in many cases, the routes parallel the shoreline. Some routes are paved and accessible to people with disabilities. The adjacent day-use area has an entrance fee and in

Ausable Chasm- Admission fee.
Lookouts with benches and interpretive signs line both routes— the pine bark Rim Promenade and the Inner Sanctum Excursion. Look straight down
the 150- foot vertical ridge from the top of the rim. Complete your visit with an easy two-mile “float through nature” on a 12-person river raft, an inner tube or a two-person kayak.
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Clintonville Pine Barrens -  This 900-acre pitch pine-heath barrens, part of the Nature Conservancy Preserve, is one of the best examples of this type of natural community in New York. It is home to two rare plants and two rare moths. A short trail traverses the area and a trail guide is available at the trailhead.  
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Wickham Marsh - 2 miles roundtrip, easy. 
This wildlife management area is located just south of the Ausable Marsh.  It includes essentially the same habitat and viewing opportunities but
you can also see a rare cedar plantation and an old homestead site. 
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Silver Lake Bog - 2.5 miles roundtrip, easy, Nature Conservancy Preserve. 
A variety of habitats can be observed here — a black spruce-tamarack bog, a northern white cedar swamp, a hemlock northern hardwood forest and a pine ridge. The half-mile Bog Walk traverses the bog and swamp on a boardwalk; 15 marked stops interpret the ecology and plant life. At the end of the boardwalk, the “Pine Bluff Trail” begins. The route ascends to a ridge 400 feet above Silver Lake and has eight marked stops. The trail guide for both trails is available at the trailhead. 
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Ausable Marsh - 3 miles roundtrip, easy. 
Explore this extraordinary marsh habitat by foot or canoe. Its location along the Lake Champlain flyway offers some of the finest bird watching
in New York State, including small warblers, hawks, herons and migrating waterfowl. A handicap accessible viewing platform can be found along
the access road to Ausable Point Campground. It juts about 50 feet into the marsh and provides an open view to hundreds of acres of unspoiled
habitat. 
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Lake Alice  - 3 miles roundtrip, easy. 
View wildlife and waterfowl, such as osprey and herons, as you walk beside the lake and through the woods of this wildlife management area.
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Flat Rock Gulf - 5 miles roundtrip, easy. 
Walk to views of “the gulf” — a spectacular geological formation with a deep, 100-foot vertical drop and a 2.5 acre glacial pond.  
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New Land Trust
Located in the small town of Saranac, this 287-acre preserve offers an extensive trail system with more than 20 routes. 
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Little Ausable River Trail - 2.5 miles roundtrip, easy.
The Town of Peru NY developed a paved trail to offer visitors an opportunity to enjoy a variety of healthy outdoor activities within a beautiful and varied natural environment. The trail also protects and interprets the important historic sites of Heyworth/Mason Park and a section of the D&H rail line, both instrumental to the Town’s development.
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Lewis Preserve5.6 miles roundtrip, easy. 
This walk traverses abandoned farm fields and second growth forest. A short side trail leads to a group of civil war-era charcoal kilns. You can still see the foundation of the original homestead and there are numerous old apple trees and some old stone fences among the trees. Bluebird nest boxes have been erected and three major streams flow through the area providing top quality fishing. 
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Keeseville - Local history and over 33 points of interest are described in A Walking Guide to the Keeseville Historic District. This 19th century industrial community is a national register district with 147 historic buildings and bridges. To obtain the 36-page guide call 518.834.9606.  
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Plattsburgh Heritage Trail 
Take a historic walking tour and visit the scenic waterfront area on the Heritage Trail. First settled in 1767, Plattsburgh is the site of several famous battles and home to many historic buildings and sites and several museums.  

Hiking locations

Ausable Chasm

Visit Ausable Chasm for an assortment of adventures you will not find at any other single location in the Adirondacks.

Ausable Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

An interesting five-mile circuit, touring extensive marsh areas amid the wide meanders of the Ausable Delta and at the mouth...

Ausable Point Campground and Day Use Area

The campsites offer a shoreline comprised of natural sand and a gentle slope right to Lake Champlain and borders a wildlife...

Cadyville Park

Cadyville Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities year-round. Use of the park and facilities...

Champlain Area Trails

Over 50 miles of hiking/cross-country ski trails in New York’s Champlain Valley that link communities, connect people with nature.

Chazy Highlands State Forest

A 5261 acre State Forest at the base of Lyon Mountain. With several year-round, multi-use trails.

Clintonville Pine Barrens

A great place for a family hike, this 900-acre pitch pine-heath barrens is one of the best examples of that natural community...

Dunkin's Reserve State Forest

A 2433 acre State Forest open year-round. Hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed here.

Flat Rock Gulf

A walk ending in views of “the gulf”, a spectacular geological formation with a deep, 100-foot drop and a 2.5 acre glacial pond.

Heritage Trail

Discover downtown Plattsburgh with this historical walking tour. Enjoy the Riverwalk Park, monuments, a library, museums...

High Falls Gorge

Watch the majestic AuSable River rush 300-feet down ancient granite cliffs formed billions of years ago!

LaPierre Lane Riverway

Featuring a Healing and Meditative Garden, Adult exercise equipment, Youth Adventure Area, and a 1/4 mile trail.

Lake Alice

Located adjacent to Miner Institute, offers a wide variety of year-round, Adirondack outdoor activities.

Little Ausable River Trail

The Little Ausable River Trail, a 1.5-mile recreational path, begins at Heyworth/Mason Park in Peru, NY.

Lyon Mountain

The international view from the top of Lyon Mountain includes the skyline of Montreal, Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Champlain...

Macomb Reservation State Park

Enjoy a day in the wilderness playing on David Pond or the Salmon River. The park is open from mid-May to Labor Day. 

Mt. Van Hogenburg

While you can snowshoe all 50km of Mt. Van Hoevenberg's trails, there are 3 designated trails for snowshoeing only available.

New Land Trust

This 287-acre preserve offers more than 20 trails, a classic Adirondack lean-to, bunkhouse and even a few decorative outhouses.

Nicandri Nature Center

Year-round fun with ponds, aquariums, educational exhibits, interactive displays, learning classrooms, and a friendly staff.

Northern Tier Recreation Trail

This Trail allows residents and visitors to walk, run, bike or roll safely from one village to to another.

Paul Smith's College, VIC

Dedicated to fostering connections with nature for students, local residents, and regional visitors.

Point Au Roche State Park

A great family attraction with a protected beach area, as well as its mix of open and forested walking/hiking trails.

Saranac River Trail

The Saranac River Trail greatly expands two common-sense transportation options: walking and cycling.

Silver Lake Bog

A variety of habitats can be observed here. A black spruce-tamarack bog, a northern white cedar swamp, a hemlock northern...

Silver Lake Mountain

The summit ridge of this mountain is a series of open rock ledges with outstanding views.

Whiteface Mountain

The greatest verticle drop in the east! 87 trails, 11 lifts including a gondola, terrain parks, glades skiing and six restaurants.

Wickham Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

located just south of the Ausable Marsh. It includes chances to see a rare cedar plantation and an old homestead site.
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