Hiking in Lake Champlain

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Lake Champlain NY area offers a multitude of hiking options for the outdoor enthusiast and history buff alike. Take a leisurely historic walking tour through one of the area's eclectic lakeside communities or challenge yourself on one of the many area trails and enjoy unforgettable views – nature's variety in the area allows you to choose your own path.

If you're interested in enjoying the crisp autumn air, transforming foliage, and learning about the area's history, grab a guide and explore the historic town of Essex, featured on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few remaining villages in America featuring intact pre-Civil War architecture. The La Chute River Trail may also pique your interest as you explore the natural and industrial milling history along the La Chute River near Fort Ticonderoga.

Looking for something a bit more vertical? Head up Split Rock Mountain – a 6.5-mile loop within the 3,700 acre Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest and part of the largest tract of underdeveloped and forested land along the New York State shoreline of Lake Champlain. One of the more difficult trails in the area is Hurricane Mountain, offering a 5.2 mile round trip hike with big rewards – the summit features 360-degree views of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks.

If you need assistance purchasing gear or are interested in hiring an expert to accompany and educate you on your hike, contact a Lake Champlain licensed guide service – they will be more than willing to aid you as you climb your way toward the mountaintop.

For more hiking ideas, take a look at several other area trails below. 

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Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk

Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk
Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail.Trailhead: on the grounds of the Adirondack Center ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Bald Peak

Bald Peak
Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene, Keene Valley and Saint Huberts. Take a left ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Baxter Mountain

Baxter Mountain
Baxter Mountain is a gem for the entire family. The summit of Baxter offers outstanding views as well as great blueberry picking in ...
Location: Keene, NY
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Beaver Flow Trail, a Champlain Area Trail

Beaver Flow Trail, a Champlain Area Trail
This is an easy hike meandering through a mixed forest, parallel to a small waterway, featuring a house-sized boulder near the end. Lots ...
Location: Essex, NY
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Belfry Mountain

Belfry Mountain
Belfry Mountain is the only fire tower still remaining in this region and it is an easy access hike for anybody. The firetower is also ...
Location: Witherbee, NY
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Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail, a Champlain Area Trail

Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail, a Champlain Area Trail
Pretty hike with a great view from a rocky cliff. Notice the three distinct habitats, with a river crossing on stepping stones, wetland ...
Location: Essex, NY
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Blueberry Hill Trails

Blueberry Hill Trails
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Cheney Mountain Trail, a Champlain Area Trail

Cheney Mountain Trail, a Champlain Area Trail
This bread-loaf shaped mountain now has easy gradients to reach the top. Enjoy three different views; to the north, up Lake Champlain, ...
Location: Moriah, NY
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Coon Mountain

Coon Mountain
Get a nature trail guide at the trailhead for spotting the abundant wildlife among the rocky outcrops and hemlock forests. Part of the ...
Location: Westport, NY
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Crown Point State Historic Site

Crown Point State Historic Site
Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map...
Location: Crown Point, NY
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Footbridge Park

Footbridge Park
Perfect for children, with wildlife information and short, simple, walks. Climbing walls, treefort, and picnic area.Footbridge Park ...
Location: Elizabethtown, NY
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Giant Mountain

Giant Mountain
Giant Mountain is just that, a large land mass towering over Keene Valley. Giant is a shortened name for what it is originally referred ...
Location: Keene Valley, NY
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Grizzle Ocean Loop

Grizzle Ocean Loop
Trailhead: Parking lot of Putnam Pond Campground (parking fee.) Take route 74 west from Ticonderoga and go 4.3 miles. Turn left on to ...
Location: Ticonderoga, NY
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Hidden Quarry Trail

Hidden Quarry Trail
Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the ...
Location: Westport, NY
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Historic Walking Tour of Essex

Historic Walking Tour of Essex
The entire village of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of ...
Location: Essex, NY
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