Nature Walks

Take time for a stroll

With all of the opportunities for outdoor exploration and fun, sometimes the best way to do so is on your own two feet. For travelers looking for an opportunity to stretch their legs, get some fresh air, and spend time outside without taking on a challenging hike, the Lake Champlain Region offers an abundance of trails perfect for a nature walk. These trails are short, scenic, and generally flat. They're family-friendly and some, such as the region's historic walking tours, are wheelchair friendly, too.

Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk

Hiking

Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail.

Trailhead

on the grounds of the Adirondack Center Museum with a beautiful garden...

Location: 
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Foothill Trail

The path enters the woods and turns left after about 100 yards, then it goes along the edge of a farm field before climbing steeply and meeting the ...

Location: 
Leaning Road, Essex, 12936
  
Hidden Quarry Trail

Hiking

Explore the hidden quarry! This loop trail explores two delightful little forest areas and a field, with old cement structures from the turn of the previous century.

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Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
  
Footbridge Park

The Footbridge Park trailhead is located at the end of Footbridge Lane in Elizabethtown. This trail is perfect for children, with its wildlife information and short, simple walks. There are also...

Location: 
Footbridge Ln, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Riverside Trail

Hiking

This scenic loop is an easy trail through a field, then a to creek leading to Boquet River. Goes along river to field and trail head.

take loop trail thru woods back to...

Location: 
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 12996
  
Noblewood Trail

Hiking

Nature and Birding Trails in this Town of Willsboro park offer extraordinary views of the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain. Includes the Willsboro Town Beach.

The easy,...

Location: 
Rt 22, Willsboro, 12996
  
Woods & Swale Trail

Wonderful outing through an old forest and a pine plantation, then follows the border of the wetlands before traversing the side of a hill.

1.5 mile RT, easy, can return by reversing the...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
  
Art Farm Trail

Hiking

The Art Farm Trail is an easy, 1.5-mile round-trip hike.

Property owner and artist Ted Cornell has worked with Champlain Area Trails to create a hiking path which shows off...

Location: 
Sayre Rd
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

This is a birders' paradise!

How to get there

Take Exit 35 of the Adirondack Northway (I-87). Turn east onto Bear Swamp Road (Route 442) - turn right if coming from the south or...

Location: 
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh, 12901
  
Florence Hathaway Trail

The Florence Hathaway Trail passes through a magical pine forest and along a creek to a rock wall, then returns in a flat woods that has seasonally wet areas. 

How to get there

The...

Location: 
Essex Road
POb 193, Essex, 12936
  
Otter Pond

This short trail to a backcountry pond can only be reached via a short paddle across Eagle Lake.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga,...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Jabe and Little Jabe Ponds

How to get there

From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N. Continue for 1.5 miles past the intersection of Route 9N and Route 3 and locate Split Rock...

Location: 
Jabe Pond Road
off Battle Hill Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
McAuliffe Road Trail

The McAuliffe Road Trail is an easy, 2 mile, round trip hike. This trail is an abandoned road that is open for public use. It goes through an attractive forest paralleling the Boquet River. 

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Location: 
Jersey Street
POB 193, Essex, 12936
  
LaChute River Walk

Hiking

LaChute River Walk Trailhead: Ticonderoga Heritage Museum - 4 miles RT, Easy Walk

Snowshoeing

This level path is equally scenic in the winter.

Nature and...

Location: 
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
  
Penfield Pond Trail

Always a pretty destination, Penfield Pond is well worth the hike. 

How to get there

The trailhead is on Old Ironville Road, 0.2 mile east of Penfield Museum. From the intersection...

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Brookfield Headwaters Trail

The Brookfield Headwaters Trail is an easy, 0.8 mile loop. The trailhead is on Reynolds Road, 0.4 mile west of Brookfield Road. 

The trail goes through a biologically rich forest and passes...

Location: 
Reynolds Road, Essex, 12936
  
Barn Rock Summit Spur

This easy-to-follow spur trail leaves the Barn Rock Bay Trail roughly 0.25 mile from the...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
  
Lee Park Trail

This easy, 0.75 mile round trip trail starts at a playground for a short, easy walk that's suitable for all ages and skills. An uphill route from the playground runs along Hoisington Brook. There'...

Location: 
Mill Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
  
Wildway Passage Trail

Snowshoeing

A lovely little loop trail for beginners.

Hiking

Wildway Passage Trail ( 1 mi trip or loop)  Trailhead on Angier Hill Road 0.6 mi north of Lake Shore Road....

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
  
Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail

Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail is a pretty hike with a great view from a rocky cliff. Notice the three distinct habitats, with a river crossing on stepping stones, wetland crossing on foot bridges...

Location: 
Leaning Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
  
Hemlock Hill Trail

This trail passes by rocky ledges and leads to a lovely hemlock forest.

Trailhead: Take Route 22 north from Westport and bear right on Lakeshore Road, then bear right again onto Sherman...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
  
Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail

The trailhead to the improved half-mile long River Trail is at the end of Gilliland Street. The path goes through an old-growth floodplain forest along the scenic river.  A 1.5 mile Universal...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
  
Split Rock Falls

This roadside waterfall will leave you speechless! It's beauty is simply unmatched.

How to get there

From Exit 30 off I-87, follow Route 9 north toward Elizabethtown. Continue for...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
  
Gary's Elbow Trail

This is a short spur trail that adds a bit of variety to the trail network, and it's also a good way to create a loop. The trail leaves the...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Webb Royce Swamp

Located within the Magic Triangle, Webb Royce Swamp has historically been a great birding location with a variety of...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
  
Rogers Pond

Rogers Pond is a scenic spot but difficult to reach the open water. Beavers have done a number on it, but it’s a great place to do some birding.

How to get there

From Westport,...

Location: 
Ainger Hill Rd, Westport, 12993
  
Ticonderoga School Nature Trail

Located behind the Ticonderoga Middle School, this .5 mile nature trail displays 7 interpretive signs that allow for a self-guided tour that educate about surroundings. Connects to the LaChute...

Location: 
116 Alexandria Avenue, Ticonderoga, 12883