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.

Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area

This campground is a birders' paradise!

Trailhead

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

Location: 
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh, 12901
Penfield Pond Trail

(1 mi RT, easy) Trailhead on Old Ironville Rd, 0.2 mi east of Penfield Museum.  Cross creek, follow trail into woods, climbs hill above brook, goes along east shore of Penfield Pond.

Location: 
6482 Main Street
POB 193, Westport, 12993
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
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
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
Wildway Passage Trail

Hiking

Wildway Passage Trail (1 mile trip or loop). Trailhead on Angier Hill Road 0.6 mi north of Lake Shore Road. Trail has small, high quality forest, cliffs, pretty stream and recent...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
Webb-Royce Swamp Overlook Trail

The Split Rock Wild Forest is known for having timber rattlesnakes and can often be seen sunning themselves at lookout and along the trail. It is highly advisable that your pets stay on a leash...

Location: 
Clark Rd, 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.  

The trailhead to...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
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. 

Trailhead: ...

Location: 
Essex Road
POb 193, Essex, 12936
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
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
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
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
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
McConley Spring Trail

An easy, 1-mile loop. The trailhead is on Tracy Road, just west of Mineville. This is a pleasant trail through woods and small hills.

Location: 
Tracy Road, Mineville, 12956
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
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
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
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
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
Otter Pond

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 74 and Route 9N in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 west toward Schroon Lake. Continue to the small Hamlet of Eagle Lake and...

Location: 
Route 74, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
Split Rock Falls

How to get there

From Exit 30 off I87 follow Route 9 north toward Elizabethtown. Continue for 4.5 miles to the parking on the right, just after the crossing of the Boquet...

Location: 
Route 9, 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
Rogers Pond

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport, follow Route 22 north. Continue for 0.4 mile to Lakeshore Road on the right and follow here....

Location: 
Ainger Hill Rd, Westport, 12993
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
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
Beaver Bend Trail

The Beaver Bend Trail is a short, easy, half-mile loop along the Boquet River that includes views of the river, signs of beaver activity, and a floodplain forest. If the trail is too short, turn...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road
POB 193, Whallonsburg, 12936
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