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

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 in Ticonderoga with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
Snowshoeing
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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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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Property owner and artist Ted Cornell has worked with Champlain Area Trails to create a hiking path which shows off some of his outdoor sculptures and artwork.
Cross Country Skiing
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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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Westport
Sherman Road, Westport
This trail passes by rocky ledges and leads to a lovely hemlock forest!
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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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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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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Property owner and artist Ted Cornell has worked with Champlain Area Trails to create a hiking path which shows off some of his outdoor sculptures and artwork.
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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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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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Essex
Essex Road POb 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Florence Hathaway Trail is a fantastic short hike to stretch the legs, take the dog for a walk, and do some birding!
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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
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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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Westport
Sayre Rd POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Property owner and artist Ted Cornell has worked with Champlain Area Trails to create a hiking path which shows off some of his outdoor sculptures and artwork.
Snowshoeing
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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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Essex
Leaning Road POB 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The hike goes through woods, along up and down a rocky slope, crosses a stream, wetlands and fields. 
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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
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro
This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.
Snowshoeing
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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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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
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro
This is another fine trail in the CATS trail system.
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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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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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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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Essex
Reynolds Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
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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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park in Ticonderoga with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park in Ticonderoga with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
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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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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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Willsboro
Willsboro
Learn the fascinating history of Willsboro on this fun walk.
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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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Au Sable Chasm
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-7454
The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists call the Cambrian period. Hike the 5+ miles of scenic trails, float the...
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Au Sable Chasm
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm | (518) 834-7454
The oldest natural attraction in the United States (est. 1870), the sites of the chasm are breathtaking. Formed of sandstone that is 500 million years old from a time geologists call the Cambrian period. Hike the 5+ miles of scenic trails, float the...
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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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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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Essex
Leaning Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
Get outdoors in the Lake Champlain Region on a wonderful CATS trail!
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