Cross-country Skiing

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.

 

Split Rock Wild Forest Trails

The largest undeveloped tract of land on the Lake Champlain shoreline, Split Rock Wild Forest covers 3,700 acres in the towns of Essex and Westport. The landscape is dominated by...

Location: 
Lake Shore Road, Westport, 12993
Ticonderoga Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park offers picnic areas, riverfront trails, ball fields, lighted walking paths, tennis courts and a small boat launch. Scenic boat cruises, seasonal accommodations, campsites,...

Location: 
Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
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
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. For access: take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half mile, take a left onto...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
Bartlett Pond-McConley Road Trail

The Barlett Pond – McConley Road Trail is an easy, 8-mile-loop that follows a seasonal road through the Adirondack foothills, known as the West Champlain Hills, to Mineville. This route is great...

Location: 
McConley Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

This is a great place for hiking, birding, cross- country skiing, and snowshoeing! There is also a wheelchair accessible trail.

Trailhead

There are three locations where you can...

Location: 
154-166 Soper Rd
Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville, 12944
Woods & Swale Trail

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...

Location: 
Sherman Road, Westport, 12993
Blueberry Hill Trails

Hiking

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...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 12932
Ancient Oak Trail

Hiking

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...

Location: 
Route 22, Essex, 12936
Otis Mountain Ski & Bike Trail

​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...

Location: 
Lobdell Lane, Elizabethtown, 12932
Crown Point State Historic Site

History

Hours:

  • The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday.
  • The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday,...
Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928