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.

Legendary

Essex
Route 22, Boquet Road POB 250, Essex | (518) 963-7088
The entire hamlet of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War architecture in America.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
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 River. Trail Description Split Rock Falls is a roadside attraction where you can...
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Westport
Angier Hill Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
This scenic, easy walk is perfect for anyone. Be advised there may be trail closures in the area around hunting season. Check the CATS website for the latest info.
Snowshoeing
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Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6619
This short trail to a backcountry pond can only be reached via a short paddle across Eagle Lake.
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Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (866) 843-5253
Located within the Magic Triangle, Webb Royce Swamp has historically been a great birding location with a variety of breeding ducks, Great Blue Herons, and Red-winged Blackbirds.
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Westport
Lake Shore Rd, Westport | (518) 962-2287
This short trail can be completed quickly, but why would you want to rush through nature? 
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Elizabethtown
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown | (518) 873-6466
Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail. Trailhead: on the grounds of the Adirondack Center Museum, Easy Walk Time in hours: Family with Young Kids: Round Trip: .75 Experienced Hiker: Round Trip: .2 Out of Shape...
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Westport
Angier Hill Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
This scenic, easy walk is perfect for anyone. Be advised there may be trail closures in the area around hunting season. Check the CATS website for the latest info.
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Essex
Jersey Street POB 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
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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Port Henry
14 Park Place, Port Henry | (518) 546-3587
Explore Port Henry's historic downtown and learn about Moriah's industrial legacy on "A Walk Through History," a self-guided walking tour.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
History
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Willsboro
Rt 22, Willsboro | (518) 585-6619
The Noblewood nature and birding trail is open year round. Off-season admission (by foot) is free.
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
History
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Westport
Ainger Hill Rd, Westport | (581) 962-2287
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.
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Essex
Essex Road POb 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
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: The trailhead is on Essex Road (Route 22), 3.2 miles north of the Essex Ferry and 1.
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Willsboro
Rt 22, Willsboro | (518) 585-6619
The Noblewood nature and birding trail is open year round. Off-season admission (by foot) is free.
Snowshoeing
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Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga
Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register.
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Keeseville
1 Mill Street, Keeseville | (518) 834-9328
Much of Keeseville's rich history is still alive and well today. Experience it for yourself on a walking tour.
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Crown Point
703 Creek Rd, Crown Point | (518) 597-3804
First named Irondale, this area is known as the “Birthplace of the Electric Age," since it was here that the first industrial application of electricity in the United States took place.
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Westport
1 Main Street, Westport | (518) 597-4649
This tour will guide you through the evolution of Westport from its early industrial and agricultural beginnings to a summer resort that has responded to dramatic changes in expectations for rest and recreation over the course of a century and a half. 
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
Snowshoeing
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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Art Farm Trail is an easy, 1.5 mile round trip hike. The trailhead is on Sayre Road, 0.6 mile north of Lewis-Wadhams Road. The trail goes through a field and woods, then connects to Field and Forest Trail.
Cross Country Skiing
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Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
This is a birders' paradise! And it's part of the NYS Birding Trail, which features prime birding locations around the state.
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Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
First known as Pleasant Valley, Elizabethtown was first settled in 1798, by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Its development as the county seat resulted in many striking homes built by the educated lawyers of the area. seen in Hand/Hale National...
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
History
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Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (866) 843-5253
Located within the Magic Triangle, Webb Royce Swamp has historically been a great birding location with a variety of breeding ducks, Great Blue Herons, and Red-winged Blackbirds.
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Willsboro
Willsboro
Learn the fascinating history of Willsboro on this fun walk.
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Willsboro
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro
This quiet path through the forests of Willsboro is perfect for an afternoon stroll in any season! Plus, it has a universal access loop that all can enjoy!
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Willsboro
Rt 22, Willsboro | (518) 585-6619
The Noblewood nature and birding trail is open year round. Off-season admission (by foot) is free.
Cross Country Skiing
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Willsboro
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro
This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.
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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Art Farm Trail is an easy, 1.5 mile round trip hike. The trailhead is on Sayre Road, 0.6 mile north of Lewis-Wadhams Road. The trail goes through a field and woods, then connects to Field and Forest Trail.
Snowshoeing
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Westport
Route 22, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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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Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (518) 597-4649
This easy-to-follow spur trail leaves the Barn Rock Bay Trail roughly 0.25 mile from the bay itself, at the top of the hill. The path weaves through a rocky area that is a fascinating landscape.
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Essex
Leaning Road POB 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
Black Kettle Farm Nature Trail is an easy to moderate 1.5 mile loop.
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Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
This is a birders' paradise! And it's part of the NYS Birding Trail, which features prime birding locations around the state.
Cross Country Skiing
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Essex
Reynolds Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
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 a beaver pond. To protect waterfowl, please leave dogs at home.
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Westport
Sherman Road, Westport | (866) 843-5253
Wonderful outing through an old forest and a pine plantation, then follows the border of the wetlands before traversing the side of a hill.
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Willsboro
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro
This quiet path through the forests of Willsboro is perfect for an afternoon stroll in any season! Plus, it has a universal access loop that all can enjoy!
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Westport
Sherman Road, Westport
This trail passes by rocky ledges and leads to a lovely hemlock forest!
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Willsboro
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro
This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.
Snowshoeing
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Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
(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.
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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
This is a birders' paradise! And it's part of the NYS Birding Trail, which features prime birding locations around the state.
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Westport
Mill Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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.
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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Art Farm Trail is an easy, 1.5 mile round trip hike. The trailhead is on Sayre Road, 0.6 mile north of Lewis-Wadhams Road. The trail goes through a field and woods, then connects to Field and Forest Trail.
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Ticonderoga
116 Alexandria Avenue, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7442
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 Riverwalk Trail.
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Essex
Leaning Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
Get outdoors in the Lake Champlain Region on a wonderful CATS trail!
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Elizabethtown
Footbridge Ln, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
This trail is perfect for children, with its wildlife information and short, simple walks.
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