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.

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

Grizzle Ocean Loop

Hiking

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...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
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
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
Crane Pond

Crane Pond is a beautiful gem in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness. 

How to get there

Take Route 74 from Ticonderoga to Route 9. Follow Route 9 south, toward Schroon Lake. In just over a...

Location: 
763 Putts Pond Road, Ticonderoga, 12883
Rocky Peak Ridge

Parking

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

The hike

Rocky Peak Ridge offers outstanding views from its summit, and it is...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
Giant Mountain

Parking

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

The hike

Giant is a shortened name for the peak that was originally...

Location: 
Route 9, Elizabethtown, 12932
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
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
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
Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area

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

How to get there

There are three locations where you...

Location: 
154-166 Soper Rd
Giddings Road Trailhead, Keeseville, 12944
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
Hurricane Mountain

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. There are three...

Location: 
Route 9N, Keene, 12942
Mountain Spring Road Trail

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.

How to get there...

Location: 
Stevenson Road
POB 193, Westport, 12993
Blueberry Cobbles

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

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

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
Poke-O-Moonshine

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...

Location: 
Route 9, 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
Wildway Passage Trail

Hiking

Wildway Passage Trail (1 mile 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
Rattlesnake Mountain

The Rattlesnake Mountain trail is closed until further notice at the request of the Town of Willsboro. 

Well-known for offering great "value for effort." Less than an hour...

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

Hiking

Known as the easiest fire tower in the Adirondacks, 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...

Location: 
729 County Hwy 7C, Mineville, 12956
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
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
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
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
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
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