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

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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
Blueberry Hill Trails

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...

Location: 
Lords Road, Elizabethtown, 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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
Wildway Passage Trail

Snowshoeing

A lovely little loop trail for beginners.

Hiking

Wildway Passage Trail ( 1 mi trip or loop)  Trailhead on Angier Hill Road 0.6 mi north of Lake Shore Road....

Location: 
Angier Hill Road, Westport, 12993
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
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.

Snowshoeing

This is a good trail for learning how to summit with...

Location: 
Route 9, New Russia, 12932
  
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
  
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
  
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
  
Rattlesnake Mountain

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...

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

The historic Crown Point is definitely a "don't miss" stop in the Lake Champlain Region! 

 

How to get there

 

History

Hours:

  • The museum is...
Location: 
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point, 12928