Snowshoeing in the Champlain Valley

Make tracks on the Adirondack Coast

During the winter season the Lake Champlain's hiking trails and vast fields are covered in snow, just waiting for you to explore. Strap on your snowshoes or step into your cross-country skis and explore the beautiful wooded trails of the Lake Champlain Region. If you're looking for a lot of wide-open space, hit the frozen lake for miles and miles of undisturbed terrain.

Choose your trail — or lake

Head to one of the region's state parks for a variety of terrain or ski, skate, or fish on frozen Lake Champlain. The crisp Adirondack air will definitely wake you up, and the fresh snow-covered landscape will have you snapping picture after picture along the way. Plan to join us on the Coast this winter for a fun-filled day on the trails.

Riverside Trail

Hiking

This scenic loop is an easy trail through a field, then a to creek leading to Boquet River. Goes along river to field and trail head.

take loop trail thru woods back to...

Location: 
624 Mountain View Drive, Willsboro, 12996
Middle Mountain

This summit is not on a developed or mapped trail system, so the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. Expect hazards not found on a maintained trail, more...

Location: 
Jabe Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Gull Pond

Winter Overview and Trail Conditions:

From the trailhead it is a very enjoyable half mile to the Shore of Gull Pond. From the trailhead you will notice only a...

Location: 
Putts Pond Road
Alder Meadow Road, Schroon Lake, 12870
Poke-O-Moonshine

Hiking

Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain has a commanding summit view which gets even better when the fire tower is open. There's 360 degree views many mountain ranges, Lake Champlain, and parts...

Location: 
Route 9, Keeseville, 12944
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
Giant Mountain

Parking

From Elizabethtown, head west on Route 9N for about 4.5 miles. The parking area is on the left.

Snowshoeing Giant Mountain

Giant Mountain in winter is a serious...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
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
Split Rock Wildway

Hiking

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...

Location: 
Brookfield Road, Essex, 12936
Wildway Overlook

Hiking

The Wildway Overlook trail is a relatively easy climb to a fabulous view of the Champlain Valley and Split Rock Wildway wildlife corridor, which connects Lake Champlain to the...

Location: 
Brookfield Road
POB 193, Essex, 12936
Crane Pond

Fishing

Directions to Access Points: Take Exit 28 off of Interstate 87 and take Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a half a mile, take a left onto Alder Meadow Road, follow...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail

The Boquet River Nature Preserve Trail goes through an old-growth floodplain forest along the scenic Boquet River.  

Trailhead: Take Route 22 north from Willsboro for about...

Location: 
Library Street/Willsboro boat launch, Willsboro, 12996
LaChute River Walk

Hiking

LaChute River Walk Trailhead: Ticonderoga Heritage Museum - 4 miles RT, Easy Walk

Snowshoeing

This level path is equally scenic in the winter.

Nature and...

Location: 
Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
Belfry Mountain

Hiking

Known as one of the easiest fire towers, excellent for any age or skill level. While this entire climb is all uphill, along an access road to the tower, it is very easy and in no...

Location: 
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville, 12956
Grizzle Ocean Loop

From the trailhead, you will follow a nice flat trail that passes by Putnam Pond to your right. The trail soon turns into a short, moderate climb before reaching a rather long descent to a major...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Trout and Round Ponds

Hiking

A pleasant woods walk to the pond, with a trail that follows half of the pond shoreline.

Trout Pond Trailhead: On Ensign Pond Road (County Rt. 4) between North Hudson and...

Location: 
Ensign Pond Road, Moriah, 12960
Owl Head Lookout

Hiking

Giant via Hopkins -The trail from the summit of Hopkins Mountain to the summit of Giant is Mountain extends 3.2 miles and ascends more than 1,600 feet. The trail joins the North...

Location: 
6475 U.S. 9, New Russia, 12932
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
Blueberry Cobbles

Hiking

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9.

Berries in season? The best ones are beyond the first...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
Baxter Mountain

Hiking

Baxter Mountain offers outstanding views and great blueberry picking in season, making it an excellent hike for the entire family.

It's a mostly moderate, 1.2 mile hike to...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
Wildway Passage Trail

Hiking

Wildway Passage Trail ( 1 mi trip or loop)  Trailhead on Angier Hill Road 0.6 mi north of Lake Shore Road. Trail has small, high quality forest, cliffs, pretty stream and recent...

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
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
Beaver Flow Trail

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...

Location: 
Cook Rd/Walker Rd, Essex, 12936
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

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;

...
Location: 
Route 373, Keeseville, 12944
Split Rock Mountain Loop

Hiking

The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead and passes by a trail on the right that leads to...

Location: 
Lake Shore Rd, Westport, 12993
Rocky Peak Ridge

Parking

The parking area is on Route 9, about 5.5 miles south of Elizabethtown on the right.

Rocky Peak Ridge in winter

Snowshoeing Rocky Peak Ridge in winter is a serious...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
Rattlesnake Mountain

Hiking

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...

Location: 
4525 NYS Route 22 (across the road), Willsboro, 12996
Hurricane Mountain

Hiking

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. ...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
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
Hidden Quarry Trail Snowshoe

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.

Hidden Quarry...

Location: 
Route 22, Westport, 12993
Bobcat Trail Snowshoe

The easy trail trail goes through a meadow, winds through mixed forest, and ends at another meadow. It joins the ...

Location: 
Walker Road/Sayre Road, Westport, 12993
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