#adkcoast Backyards and Beyond: Safe Outdoor Experiences

April 8, 2020

Adirondack Coast-ers are thankful to call these shores of Lake Champlain home, right on the edge of New York’s Adirondack Mountains, with a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities and a strong tradition in hospitality.

Adventure is (and always has been) right in our backyards; during a public health emergency, when not all of our favorite pastimes are accessible, this seems truer than ever.

But we are experiencing a time of particular gratitude and pride in our treasured outdoor spaces, providing needed nearby escapes for local families, couples and individuals in search of some fresh air and exercise as we practice social distancing.

Here are our best tips and suggestions for fulfilling your Adirondack Coast outdoor recreation needs at this time, following DEC’s guidelines to “stay local, be safe, be ready, and stay home”.

1. Stay Local

Take this opportunity to explore what’s nearby, be it a beach, a mountain, park or trail. Pack lunch, then head for a healthy excursion.

Saranac River Trail (photo by: Bruce Carlin)

Water Views:
Bodies of Water
Silve Lake Mountain (photo by: Jody Parks)
Parks (Campground and playground equipment not accessible):

2. Be Safe

Lyon Mountain Trail Head
  • Limit the duration of adventures; avoid prolonged lingering.
  • Maintain at least a 6-ft. distance from other recreationists.
  • Don’t share outdoor equipment.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or your own pen if signing in at a trail head.
  • Avoid unnecessary risks that might result in an accident or other need to call local public safety officials to the scene.
  • A cloth covering for the nose and mouth is not uncommon and can be worn as appropriate.

3. Be Ready

Point au Roche State Park

We’re the first to admit #adkcoast sights are pretty spectacular, especially our mountains, lakes and wildlife; but right now we’re asking adventurers of all ages to be ready to move along in nature, and not linger when enjoying sites. 

If you notice more than ten people in your proximity, to the point where you wouldn’t be able to maintain at least a comfortable 6-ft. distance from the next group, consider exploring another recreation option instead.

4. Stay Home

If you aren’t feeling well, with a cough, trouble breathing or a fever, it’s best to stay home and follow CDC Guidelines as they develop. 

Our trees, lakes, rivers, beaches, trails and mountains will be here when you are well again.

For advice on recreating responsibly during this time, check out DEC’s updates.

Alina Walentowicz

Alina Walentowicz is "The Write Stuff", an award-winning writer and content creator ready to bring your web presence to the next level. A storyteller at heart, Alina combines a range of writing tools and collaborative experiences to help small businesses embrace their growth potential online. With a B.A. in English Writing Arts and Literature from SUNY Plattsburgh (2015) and 4+ years of experience in blogging and digital content creation, she provides writing, editing, and visual content services including blogs, web pages, social media posts, and more. When she's not clicking away at her keyboard, she's living life (and so should you!). Some of her favorite things to do on the Adirondack Coast include: catching a show at The Strand Theatre, overindulging in Wing Night at Monopole, and challenging herself just enough each summer on a few friendly hikes and paddles with pretty spectacular views. Know a good story that needs telling online? Hit her up at alinawalentowicz@gmail.com.

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