Ski the coast

During the winter season, the Lake Champlain hiking trails, waterways, and fields freeze and become covered in snow, making them perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Grab your skis or snowshoes and explore the extensive Lake Champlain trail system.

Choose your trail

Head to one of the region's state parks for open terrain, or ski or snowshoe on frozen Lake Champlain. For groomed cross-country ski trails, check out Roger's Rock in Ticonderoga. Whatever surface you seek, you'll be surrounded by a peaceful, snow-covered landscape while breathing in the fresh Adirondack air. 

Still not sure which way to go?

Choose one of the Champlain Area Trails — there are 56 different options — offering everything from a rigorous winter workout to a smooth, serene glide across an open field. Or take the Coot Hill-Big Hollow or Coon Mountain trail to a summit with incredible vistas. Perhaps consider the short hike up Belfry Mountain, or a longer hike up Poke-O-Moonshine, to historic fire towers with 360-views over the Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

Consider a glide among 18th century fort ruins. The Crown Point State Historic Site grounds are open daily from sunrise to sunset.  There is a well marked cross-country ski trail that winds its way through the site’s 500 acres and offers breathtaking scenery.

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.

Legendary

Westport
Sherman Road, Westport | (866) 843-5253
The Woods and Swale Trail gently goes up and down through an old forest, then it continues through a pine plantation, skirts the wet swale, and traverses the side of a hill to the north trailhead on Sherman Road. Return via the trail or road...
Snowshoeing
1781
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
718
Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
Birding In winter, AuSable Point Campground is closed to camping, but open to walking and birding. It can be a great place to find mixed flocks of wintering ducks. These include common species such as greater and lesser scaup, common goldeneye, and...
1760
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
718
Elizabethtown
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown | (518) 523-1365
Otis Mountain Recreation Area is a 1940's ski hill that has evolved into a challenging mountain bike, ski and trail running destination and is the home of the Otis Mountain Get Down music festival. This area consists of over 600 acres of privately...
Cross Country Skiing
33544
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Snowshoeing
1837
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Cycling
1837
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.
718
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Snowshoeing
2716
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
1791
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Campgrounds
2716
Essex
Route 22, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Ancient Oak trail is an easy, 2.5-mile loop. The trailhead is on Route 22, 2.2 miles north of Essex. This lovely trail goes through a forest and a field, then goes along wetlands and a pond before entering a diverse forest with ancient oak trees...
Hiking
717
Elizabethtown
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown | (518) 523-1365
Otis Mountain Recreation Area is a 1940's ski hill that has evolved into a challenging mountain bike, ski and trail running destination and is the home of the Otis Mountain Get Down music festival. This area consists of over 600 acres of privately...
Cycling
33544
Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
Birding In winter, AuSable Point Campground is closed to camping, but open to walking and birding. It can be a great place to find mixed flocks of wintering ducks. These include common species such as greater and lesser scaup, common goldeneye, and...
1760
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
Hiking
1791
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Hiking
2716
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Paddling
2716
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Running
1837
Essex
Route 22, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Ancient Oak trail is an easy, 2.5-mile loop. The trailhead is on Route 22, 2.2 miles north of Essex. This lovely trail goes through a forest and a field, then goes along wetlands and a pond before entering a diverse forest with ancient oak trees...
Cross Country Skiing
717
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Fishing
2716
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
Snowshoeing
1791
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Hiking
1837
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
1791
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
Cross Country Skiing
1791
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Campgrounds
1837
Westport
Sherman Road, Westport | (866) 843-5253
The Woods and Swale Trail gently goes up and down through an old forest, then it continues through a pine plantation, skirts the wet swale, and traverses the side of a hill to the north trailhead on Sherman Road. Return via the trail or road...
Cross Country Skiing
1781
Keeseville
154-166 Soper Rd Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...
Running
1791
Elizabethtown
Lords Road, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
The Blueberry Hill Trails are located in the Town of Elizabethtown and were built for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. There are several other viewing areas within the trail system that are quite rewarding.
Cross Country Skiing
1837
Plattsburgh
3346 Lake Shore Road, Plattsburgh | (518) 962-2287
Birding In winter, AuSable Point Campground is closed to camping, but open to walking and birding. It can be a great place to find mixed flocks of wintering ducks. These include common species such as greater and lesser scaup, common goldeneye, and...
Cross Country Skiing
1760
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 532-7675
An unused road leads through old growth forest to a lovely pond. Wonderful winter scenery! Crane Pond via Blue Hill Trailhead: You can use the Putnam Pond campground at the end of a dead end road off of Route 74 from Ticonderoga. Distance: 6.3 mile...
Cross Country Skiing
2716