Hit the trails

Looking for a trail that offers sweeping views, big beauty, quiet, and abundant flora and fauna? From scenic history walks to bigger challenges, the region has a beautiful variety of hikes and walks, many offering natural solitude — no crowds! — that will delight you.

Explore the Champlain Area Trails system

One of the gems of the central Champlain Valley is the scenic Champlain Area Trails or CATS, as it is affectionately known. CATS features 87 trails totaling over 200 miles of easy-to-moderate paths for nature lovers, hikers, bird watchers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers to explore along the Lake Champlain Region.

They're always adding more to explore like their new Broughton Ledges Trail!

Hikers, birders, and walkers love CATS trails for the quiet solitude they offer, and opportunities to take the trail less traveled. Find the trail map here.

Take to the hills — or the peaks!

The area has some beautiful rolling hills, but for bigger challenges, we love the many area trails and enjoy unforgettable views of Lake Champlain, the High Peaks of the Adirondacks, and the Green and White Mountains across the water. We're partial to heading up Split Rock Wild Forest Trails – a 6.5-mile loop within the 3,700 acre Split Rock Mountain Wild Forest and part of the largest tract of underdeveloped and forested land along the New York State shoreline of Lake Champlain. One of the more difficult trails in the area is Hurricane Mountain, offering a 5.2 mile round trip hike with big rewards – the summit features 360-degree views of Lake Champlain and the High Peaks. Beer-loving hikers will also be able to earn a patch by completing the ADK 6 Pack hiking challenge, which pairs six mountains around the Adirondacks with a nearby brewery!

Slow down

Looking for a shorter, easier adventure? The Lake Champlain Region is full of beautiful walks through downtowns and forests, many under a mile and ideal for all ages looking for a less challenging outing. Be sure to explore our history walks, too! They're a wonderful way to explore the historic towns and areas of the region, including Essex, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the La Chute River Walk Trail in Ticonderoga.

For more hiking ideas, take a look at several other area trails below:

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come. Our Hiking 101 page is a great resource to check out before you hit the trail!

 

 

Legendary

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
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Hammond and Bloody Pond Trail. It's an easy 2 miles round trip to Hammond Pond, and 3.8 miles round trip to Bloody Pond. The trailhead is shared with the Challis Pond Trail. The trail follows a stream through forested hills. After 0.7 miles, there is...
Hiking
707
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
Ticonderoga
Route 9N, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Deer Leap is more of a cliff over the lake and resides lower than the actual hill.
Hiking
1857
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
How to get there From the intersection of Route 9N, Route 22 and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 74 toward Schroon Lake. Continue for just under 5 miles to Putts Pond Road on the left. Follow Putts Pond Road to the end at the Putnam Pond State...
Hiking
1859
New Russia
6475 U.S. 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
The lowdown Owl Head Lookout offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. Be prepared Elevation: 2,530 feet Elevation gain: 1,257 feet Distance: 2.6 miles to the lookout This hike is part of a much longer and more...
Snowshoeing
3098
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
Keene
Route 9N, Keene | (518) 597-4649
This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks.
Snowshoeing
3094
Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
3083
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Hiking
3086
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
3083
Lewis
Rte 9, Lewis
1.4 mile loop, easy. Loop trails through forest and along wetland. 
Hiking
24778
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Campgrounds
3086
Ticonderoga
Route 9N, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
How to get there From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 74 in Ticonderoga follow Route 9N south toward Hague continue for around 18-miles to the trailhead for Deer Leap on the left, parking in on the right. Trail Description From the trailhead...
Hiking
1856
Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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. There was plenty of trails to explore in the area!
700
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
For a short but sweet walk in the wilderness, check out the Grizzle Ocean loop in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.
Campgrounds
3091
North Hudson
Tracey Rd, North Hudson | (518) 962-2287
Towering trees and peaceful forest are the norm on this lovely hike to a beautiful pond.
Hiking
705
Westport
Lake Shore Rd, Westport | (518) 597-4649
This is one of the longer trails in Split Rock Wild Forest, and since it is often used to access other trails it is essentially a corridor trail.
Hiking
1844
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Campgrounds
3191
Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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. There was plenty of trails to explore in the area!
Cross Country Skiing
700
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
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
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
For a short but sweet walk in the wilderness, check out the Grizzle Ocean loop in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.
Snowshoeing
3091
Keeseville
Route 9, Keeseville | (518) 962-2287
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain, and the Champlain Valley.
Hiking
1831
Essex
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Beaver Flow Trail is a flat, easy snowshoe route that meanders through a mixed forest and runs parallel to a small waterway. There's a house-sized boulder near the end and lots of beaver activity on this path!
Snowshoeing
680
Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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. There was plenty of trails to explore in the area!
Snowshoeing
700
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
Essex
Brookfield Road, Essex | (518) 585-6619
The Split Rock Wildway is a "wildlife corridor" between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. A fairly easy climb rewards with incredible views of the valley and all its passages.
Hiking
3075
Moriah
Moriah | (518) 962-2287
Take a switchback trail up the mountain with occasional views. Then, hike on old mountain road with great views of Broughton Ledges. Follow the loop back to the switchback trail down to the trailhead. How to get there From the east: At intersection of...
Hiking
67943
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Hiking
3191
Essex
Brookfield Road, Essex | (518) 585-6619
The Split Rock Wildway is a "wildlife corridor" between Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. A fairly easy climb rewards with incredible views of the valley and all its passages.
Snowshoeing
3075
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Moose Mt Pond Trail (2.7 mi RT to Bass Lake trail junction, 6.4 mi RT to Moose Mt Pond, easy) Trailhead same as #37. Trail follows old logging road along a river with beaver activity and goes by a waterfall. Go left at Bass Lake Trail junction. Good...
Hiking
708
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
Westport
Stevenson Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Mountain Spring 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 for hiking, biking, and skiing. The Westport trailhead is at the...
Hiking
703
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Snowshoeing
3191
Mineville
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville | (518) 962-2287
Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has little elevation change.
Snowshoeing
687
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Hiking
3086
Essex
Essex Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
This is another fine trail in the CATS network. The Sophie's Lair Trail goes through a field, then enters the woods with two loops and a connection to the Florence Hathaway Park Trail.
Hiking
726
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
Essex
County Highway 12, Essex | (518) 962-2287
A wide variety of habitat, from an old logging road through the forest to traversing slopes and walking beneath rock ledges.
Hiking
683
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Hiking
3086
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Snowshoeing
3191
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (866) 843-5253
Bald Peak has a trail which starts flat, crosses a stream, climbs steadily through forest, and then follows the stream. After a mile it turns left, crosses stream again and climbs steeply to summit with stunning views. 
Hiking
1833
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
Mineville
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville | (518) 962-2287
Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has little elevation change.
687
Wadhams
Wadhams | (518) 597-4649
Wadhams Falls is a large flume falls on the Bouquet River in the center of Wadhams. This waterfall is visible from the road, Rt 22, which makes it a perfect stop for families. This beautiful little water fall has been generating electrical power for...
Hiking
48681
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Coot Hill has gained fame with birders in recent years as a good place to watch hawks during migration - including Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawks, and anything else which passes along the lake. The site is reached along Lang...
720
Westport
Lake Shore Rd, Westport | (518) 597-4649
The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead and passes by a trail on the right that leads to Gary's Elbow. Continue straight ahead and take the next left at the top of the hill. The trail continues to climb moderately for just over a half mile to a...
Hiking
1849
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
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Campgrounds
3191
Crown Point
Crown Point | (518) 597-4649
Stair Falls, also known as Staircase Falls, is located on Putnam Creek along with a series of other falls. This charming series of falls cascades over stair-like steps, which is how it got it's name. While you're on the lookout for all the Falls...
Hiking
48694
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Coot Hill has gained fame with birders in recent years as a good place to watch hawks during migration - including Bald Eagles, Red-tailed Hawks, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawks, and anything else which passes along the lake. The site is reached along Lang...
Hiking
720
Ticonderoga
Route 74, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-7280
From the day-use area, locate the trail on the right of the parking lot. Follow this through the woods to the campsite road and to the left. Continue on the road for around a half mile to the trailhead on the left. There is no parking at this trailhead.
Hiking
1851
Ticonderoga
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
For a short but sweet walk in the wilderness, check out the Grizzle Ocean loop in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness Area.
Hiking
3091
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
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Hiking
1860
Keene
Route 9N, Keene | (518) 597-4649
This is a wonderful open peak with a fire tower that is being restored and can now be climbed, even though the tower is not needed for some of the best views in the High Peaks.
Hiking
3094
Ticonderoga
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga | (518) 585-6366
Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature.
3083
Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
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. There was plenty of trails to explore in the area!
Hiking
700
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
Mount Gilligan is a somewhat popular climb with really nice views of the Giant Mountain Wilderness.
Hiking
693
Westport
Route 9N POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The DaCy Meadow Farm Trail is an easy, 2-mile loop that goes through a field, passes over a stream and wetland, goes uphill through a forest, and then back down to follow a stream.
Hiking
701
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
Leaning Road POB 193, Essex | (518) 962-2287
Explore this wonderful CATS trail and discover a beautiful area, and maybe your new favorite place to hike.
Hiking
710
Westport
Stevenson Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Mountain Spring 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 for hiking, biking, and skiing. The Westport trailhead is at the...
Snowshoeing
703
Moriah
Ensign Pond Road POB 193, Moriah | (518) 962-2287
There is a slight incline to this hike but it's very pretty and a relaxing hike. The pond gets its name from an early pioneer named Timothy Challis. 
Hiking
706
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
Westport
Lake Shore Road, Westport | (581) 962-2287
It can take a couple of hours to complete this short, 3 mile hike, but it's totally worth every step.
Hiking
1830
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.
Snowshoeing
3085
Keeseville
Route 9, Keeseville | (518) 962-2287
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain, and the Champlain Valley.
Snowshoeing
1831
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Hiking
3191
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
Crane Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There are nearly 70- miles of trails within the Wilderness.
Hiking
2789
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Paddling
1860
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
New Russia
6475 U.S. 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
The lowdown Owl Head Lookout offers great views after an ascent that is steep only for the last few yards. Be prepared Elevation: 2,530 feet Elevation gain: 1,257 feet Distance: 2.6 miles to the lookout This hike is part of a much longer and more...
Hiking
3098
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
3083
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Hiking
3191
Westport
Halds Rd, Westport | (518) 962-2287
Coon Mountain is on the Coon Mountain Preserve, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. From the trailhead the path starts climbing almost immediately. The trail never gets too steep, but it does have a moderate and constant incline. One short...
Hiking
712
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
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.
Hiking
3085
Westport
Lake Shore Rd, Westport | (518) 597-4649
The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead and passes by a trail on the right that leads to Gary's Elbow. Continue straight ahead and take the next left at the top of the hill. The trail continues to climb moderately for just over a half mile to a...
Snowshoeing
1849
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
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
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
Ticonderoga
Crane Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There are nearly 70- miles of trails within the Wilderness.
2789
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Hiking
3086
Ticonderoga
Route 9N, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
How to get there From the Ticonderoga traffic circle, head south on Route 9N for 23 miles. The trail entrance will be on the right. If you pass the driveway with the stone lions, you have gone too far. The trailhead on Route 9N is not marked look for...
Hiking
1858
New Russia
Route 9, New Russia | (518) 597-4649
Hiking Rocky Peak Ridge is the 20th highest peak in the Adirondacks at 4,420 feet in elevation. It offers outstanding views from its summit, and is usually less-crowded than neighboring Giant.
Hiking
3191
Keeseville
Route 9, Keeseville | (518) 962-2287
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain, and the Champlain Valley.
1831
Willsboro
Willsboro | (518) 597-4649
Willsboro Falls, within the Town of Willsboro along the the Bouquet River, is a 25 foot waterfall with a captivating personality. This not too steep waterfall lands at one of the widest spots on the river. It's approximately 100 feet wide! A great...
Hiking
48682
Essex
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Beaver Flow Trail is a flat, easy snowshoe route that meanders through a mixed forest and runs parallel to a small waterway. There's a house-sized boulder near the end and lots of beaver activity on this path!
680
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Snowshoeing
3086
Port Henry
CR 54, Port Henry | (518) 962-2287
How to get there From the intersection of Route 22/9N and county Route 54 (Pelfershire Road) just north of Port Henry, follow county Route 54 for just under 2 miles to the trailhead on the left. Trail Description This is a short hike but it's a favorite.
Hiking
692
Willsboro
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro | (518) 962-2287
Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour to the top, and there are spectacular views of the entire area, including Willsboro Bay and Willsboro Point, the Four Brothers Islands, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Look back...
Hiking
1839
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
Mineville
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville | (518) 962-2287
Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, Belfry is excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is uphill along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and has little elevation change.
Hiking
687
Crown Point
Crown Point State Historic Site Grand View Drive, Crown Point | (616) 340-2004
The North Country National Scenic Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota, linking seven states, 10 National Forests, and more than 150 public lands providing year-round public recreation...
Hiking
2400
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown-Wadhams Road POB 193, Elizabethtown | (518) 962-2287
This is a short hike through the woods above the Boquet River.
Hiking
724
Ticonderoga
Overlooking Fort Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain, Ticonderoga
Mount Defiance, owned by Fort Ticonderoga, has a toll road to its historic summit. An interpretive tour is provided daily at the summit at 4 p.m. during the Fort's open season. Admission to Fort Ticonderoga includes free access to Mount Defiance or an...
Hiking
1249
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Snowshoeing
3086
Willsboro
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro | (518) 962-2287
Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour to the top, and there are spectacular views of the entire area, including Willsboro Bay and Willsboro Point, the Four Brothers Islands, Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Look back...
Snowshoeing
1839
Westport
Lake Shore Rd, Westport | (518) 597-4649
This trail leaves from Gary’s Elbow and the Calamity Trail and is used as a cross-over trail to access both sides of Split Rock Wild Forest.
Hiking
1845
Ticonderoga
Crane Pond Road, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
The 46,283-acre Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is an outstanding part of the Adirondacks! The wilderness contains an abundance of lakes and ponds, the largest being Pharaoh Lake, at 441 acres. There are nearly 70- miles of trails within the Wilderness.
Campgrounds
2789
Keeseville
Route 9, Keeseville | (518) 962-2287
Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views of the High Peaks and Green Mountains in Vermont, Lake Champlain, and the Champlain Valley.
1831
Willsboro
Reber Road, Willsboro | (518) 962-2287
This easy, 4-mile round-trip trail follows an abandoned road through the forest west of Long Pond in the town of Willsboro. The south trailhead on Reber Road is 1.7 miles west of Route 22. The north trailhead on Carver Road is 0.8 mile west of Route 22.
Hiking
4846
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
Elizabethtown
Route 9, Elizabethtown | (518) 597-4649
Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally called Giant of the Valley, and that's exactly what it is — a huge landmass that towers over Keene Valley and the surrounding lowlands.
Campgrounds
3086
Ticonderoga
Putts Pond Rd, Ticonderoga | (518) 597-4649
Berrymill Pond is a scenic destination with hiking, camping, and paddling!
Campgrounds
1860
Westport
Stevenson Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The Mountain Spring 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 for hiking, biking, and skiing. The Westport trailhead is at the...
Cycling
703
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
200 miles of trails In 2009, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trail published its earliest trail map highlighting the first new hiking trails it created along with the few existing other trails. This gave visitors and residents alike a new perspective on...
Hiking
727
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Cross Country Skiing
921
Westport
6482 Main Street POB 193, Westport | (518) 962-2287
200 miles of trails In 2009, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) trail published its earliest trail map highlighting the first new hiking trails it created along with the few existing other trails. This gave visitors and residents alike a new perspective on...
727
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
921
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
History
921
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Snowshoeing
921
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
History
921
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Hiking
921
Crown Point
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point | (518) 597-4666
Hours: The museum is open daily from mid-May to mid-October, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. It's closed Tuesday and Wednesday. The grounds are open year round from Monday - Friday, from sunrise to sunset. The grounds are free to explore; there is an admission...
Weddings
921
Essex
Lake Shore Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
The Bluestone Trail (blue markers) takes you to and circles the quarry. The Red Trail is a woodland loop trail beginning on the west side of the quarry. It leads to and then makes a circle which takes you back to the Bluestone Trail or you can branch-...
Hiking
66058
Crown Point
State Route 2, Crown Point | (518) 962-2287
The Old Ironville Road Trail is an easy, 4.6 mile round trip. The trailhead is the same as Penfield Pond Trail. The trail follows a road for 0.1 mile. Take the right fork onto an old road, which goes through an attractive forest.
Hiking
723
Port Henry
Ensign Pond Road POB 193, Port Henry | (518) 962-2287
The Round Pond Trail is an easy, 7.8 loop. From the east trailhead, the trail climbs slowly to Round Pond, then crosses over and follows East Mill Brook. It goes over a small mountain and follows the Schroon River to the west trailhead. The east...
Hiking
704
Mineville
Tracy Road, Mineville | (518) 962-2287
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.
Hiking
722
Whallonsburg
Ferris Road POB 193, Whallonsburg | (518) 962-2287
This easy section between the Wadhams and Bobcat trails is 2.7 miles one way or a 2.4 mile loop from the Boquet River trailhead. The east trailhead is shared with the Bobcat Trail at the end of Ferris Road. As you enter the forest, take the left fork,...
Hiking
698
Essex
Cook Road, Essex | (518) 962-2287
Originally an old road, this 1.5-mile long trail offers an easy incline through the woods.
Hiking
685
Westport
Walker Road/Sayre Road, Westport | (518) 962-2287
The easy trail trail goes through a meadow, winds through mixed forest, and ends at another meadow. It joins the Beaver Flow Trail at its northern trailhead. Bobcat Trailhead: This trail can be approached from either end. The north end starts on...
Hiking
684
Whallonsburg
Angier Hill Road POB 193, Whallonsburg | (518) 962-2287
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 around at the end of the loop and walk the other way for...
Hiking
699