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

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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

Explore more than five miles of scenic trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone.

Add a scenic raft ride and float the legendary waters of the Ausable River through a maze of breathtaking rock formations sculpted over thousands of years by the river's currents.  For the more adventurous, try the rappelling adventure course or the new adventure trail featuring cable bridges, edge walks, cargo net climb, cable traverses and more. 

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Ausable Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

Ausable Wildlife Management Area is an interesting five-mile circuit, touring extensive marsh areas amid the wide meanders of the Ausable Delta and at the mouth of the Little Ausable River. The marsh is home to many waterfowl species.

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Ausable Point State Park

Located on Route 9 just twelve miles south of Plattsburgh in Peru, Ausable Point State Park offers beautiful sand beaches, views of historic Valcour Island and fun for the whole family. The park is open from mid-May – Columbus Day.

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Cadyville Park

Less than 10 miles from Plattsburgh, Cadyville Park gives you the opportunity to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities year around. Use of the park and its facilities are free to the public.  Click here to visit Cadyville Park's official website. 

Park Features
  • 18 Hole Disc Golf Course      
  • Picnic Area      
  • 1 Basketball Court
  • Park Building (available for rent)
  • 2 Tennis Courts
  • 3 Baseball/Softball Fields
  • Playground
  • 2 Soccer Fields
  • Hiking Trails
  • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Geocaches
  • Storybook Trail (Coming Soon)

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Cadyville Recreation Park Trails

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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 type in New York. It provides habitat for rare plants including prairie redroot, and two rare moths - the pine pinion moth and the Acadian swordgrass moth. Prairie redroot is currently found in just a few sites in the state. Likewise, the Clintonville Pine Barrens may be the only location in New York where the endangered pine pinion moth is found.

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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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Heritage Trail

Discover downtown Plattsburgh with this historical walking tour. Enjoy the Riverwalk Park, monuments, a library, museums, art galleries, churches, and shopping.  This leisurely walk will guide you along the Saranac River.  Stop and have a picnic or enjoy a meal at a one of the restaurants located along the way.  You'll discover that Plattsburgh is full of rich history and breathtaking views.  

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Trail Highlights

  • City Hall - Featuring a rotunda with colorful murals depicting the history of the area from its legendary beginning to the present. 
  • Macdonough Monument - Built in 1926 to honor Commodore Thomas Macdonough's victory over the British September 11, 1814 in the Battle of Plattsburgh.  
  • Kent Delord House - One of the oldest period structures in Plattsburgh, built in 1797.  This home is now a museum open to the public and exhibits feature 19th century history.  Open year round. 
  • Champlain Monument - A gift from France in 1909 to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of Lake Champlain. 
  • Trinity Park - Formerly called Market Square, it is again used as a farmers and crafters' marketplace in the summer months. 
  • Clinton County Historical Museum - Built in 1805, the historic "Three Chimneys Building" is now home to the Clinton County Historical Museum.  Its exhibits interpret the area's history from 1600 to the present day.
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High Falls Gorge

High Falls Gorge sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain. Here you can take a nature walk to view the Ausable River as it spills over ancient granite cliffs.  Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths provide safe access to breathtaking views and photographic vantage points.

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Lake Alice

Lake Alice, located adjacent to Miner Institute, offers a wide variety of year-round, Adirondack outdoor activities. The Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area is used for hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and birding. In addition, the nearby Chazy Yacht Club, located on Lake Shore Road, is a beautiful harbor for Lake Champlain boaters and sailors to dock.

Recreational Opportunities

  • Hiking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Fishing

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Little Ausable River Trail

The Little Ausable River Trail, a 1.5-mile recreational path, begins at Heyworth/Mason Park in Peru, NY, and leads to the entrance of Sullivan Park.

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Lyon Mountain

Standing at 3,830' Lyon Mountain dominates the western sky of the Adirondack Coast. The large massif has long been a draw for hikers and backcountry skiers alike - and for good reason. The international view from the top of Lyon Mountain includes the skyline of Montreal, the Adirondack High Peaks, Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains of Vermont. 

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Macomb Reservation State Park

Less than 15 miles from Plattsburgh, Macomb Reservation State Park allows you to enjoy a day in the wilderness playing on David Pond or the Salmon River. The park is open from mid-May to Labor Day. 

Park Features:
  • Beach
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Nature Trail
  • Fishing
  • Boat Rentals
  • Boat Launch
  • Playing Fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnic Area
  • Pavilions
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Campsites
Winter Activities
  • Ice Skating
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling

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Mt. Van Hogenburg

While you can snowshoe all 50km of Mt. Van Hoevenberg's trails, we have 3 designated trails for snowshoeing only available. Bring your own or rent from us.

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New Land Trust

The New Land Trust, or NLT, dates back to the 1970s, when a group of area students purchased a plot of land near the small hamlet of Saranac, NY. Today this 287-acre preserve offers more than 20 trails, a classic Adirondack lean-to, bunkhouse and even a few decorative outhouses.

Preserve Features:

  • Hiking
  • Lean-to
  • Birding
  • Outhouses
  • Nature Trails

Winter Activities

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing

Trailhead Parking: 236 Plumadore Road, Saranac, NY 12981

Mailing Address: PO Box 101 Saranac, NY 12981

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Point Au Roche State Park

With its prime location on the northwestern shore of beautiful Lake Champlain, its protected beach area, as well as its mix of open and forested walking/hiking trails, Point Au Roche State Park is a great family attraction!

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Saranac River Trail

Phase 1 of the Saranac River Trail (SRT) runs for 1.5 miles through the City of Plattsburgh. The Trail opened in May 2012 to walkers, runners, strollers, rollerbladers, anglers, tourists, residents, historians, and people who welcome the opportunity to watch and listen to the river.

Saranac River is the heart of the City of Plattsburgh and the surrounding region, winding down from the foothills of the Adirondacks to Lake Champlain. The multi-use Saranac River Trail is a three-way partnership among the City of Plattsburgh, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh and a citizens advisory committee (now formalized as Friends of Saranac River Trail, Inc.) Its construction has been made possible with funding and in-kind services from New York State, (including the Department of Transportation), the City of Plattsburgh, SUNY and SUNY Plattsburgh, several grants from Lake Champlain Basin Program, as well as donations and support from individuals, volunteers, and groups including Sunrise Rotary.

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Silver Lake Bog

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.  

2.5 miles roundtrip, easy

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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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Whiteface Mountain

Whiteface Mountain is home to the greatest vertical drop in the east. Enjoy Whiteface Mountain’s 87 trails (a third of which are rated for expert skiers), 11 lifts including a gondola, terrain parks, adrenaline-pumping glades skiing, and six restaurants. Whiteface is an Olympic Mountain, which means you can you carve the same turns as the world's best racers did in 1932 and 1980.

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Wickham Marsh State Wildlife Management Area

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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