Walking Tours

So much history, and so accessible, too. The charm of our towns and villages is partly from the fascinating architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Adirondack history is not only the story of beautiful nature. It is also the story of the Industrial Revolution. The water power and abundant natural resources of the area were attractive to early settlers, and soon titans of industry were building luxurious homes and headquarters.

The Champlain Lighthouse is part of a history site

Explore the downtowns, waterfronts, and historic buildings with our many historic walking tours. Choose your own speed.

Let history surround you

There are many leisurely historic walking tours through one of the area's eclectic lakeside communities, with some amazing collections of architecture. We never get tired of exploring the historic town of Essex, featured on the National Register of Historic Places and one of the few remaining villages in America featuring intact pre-Civil War architecture. The La Chute River Walk Trail is another local favorite for exploring the natural and industrial milling history along the La Chute River near Fort Ticonderoga.


Westport Walking Tour

This tour will guide you through the evolution of Westport from its early industrial and agricultural beginnings to a summer resort that has responded to dramatic changes in expectations for rest...

1 Main Street, Westport, 12993
Ticonderoga Walking Tour

Ticonderoga began with the fort and was soon a center of paper production. It has more than three dozen buildings listed on the National Register. The former Agway building (1879), no longer in...

, Ticonderoga, 12883
Historic Walking Tour of Essex

The entire hamlet of Essex is on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a walking tour of one of the most intact collection of pre-Civil War architecture in America.

This charming...

Boquet Road, ,
Keeseville Walking Tour

Booklet available from: Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Fee for booklet.

The first dam at Anderson Falls on the AuSable River was built in 1808 to power a sawmill. Since that time, and...

1 Mill Street, Keeseville, 12944
Ironville Walking Tour

First named Irondale, this area is known as the “Birthplace of the Electric Age”, since it was here that the first industrial application of electricity in the United States took place.


703 Creek Rd, Crown Point, 12928
Port Henry-Moriah Historic Buildings

Port Henry was one of the wealthiest villages in New York in the late19th century. Those high up in the Witherbee & Sherman Mining Company could afford the finest.

History and Heritage...

Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Elizabethtown Walking Tour

First known as Pleasant Valley, Elizabethtown was first settled in 1798, by veterans of the Revolutionary War. Its development as the county seat resulted in many striking homes built by the...

, Elizabethtown, 12932
LaChute River Walk


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


This level path is equally scenic in the winter.

Nature and...

Bicentennial Park, Ticonderoga, 12883
Port Henry Walking Tour

Explore Port Henry's historic downtown and learn about Moriah's industrial legacy on A Walk Through History, a self-guided walking tour. The architectural walking tour section of the brochure...

14 Park Place, Port Henry, 12974
Willsboro Walking Tour

Willsboro was first settled in 1765, as Willsborough Falls, or simply, “The Falls.” Ironworks from 1801 was a major economic driver. Most of the buildings seen today were constructed between the...

, Willsboro, 12996
1929 Lake Champlain Bridge Commemorative Exhibit

The exhibit tells the life story of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge and interprets the historic toll collector's house, operating as the Lake Champlain Visitors Center by the Regional Office of...

814 Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928
Adirondack Architectural Heritage

Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is the nonprofit historic preservation organization for the Adirondacks. AARCH was formed in 1990 with a mission to promote better public understanding,...

1745 Main Street, Keeseville, 12944
Penfield Homestead Museum

Museum of local history. Birthplace of the Electric Age. 1826 homestead, carriage barn, church, threshing barn, cow barn. Take our historic walking tour along the edge of Putnam's Creek. Fishing...

703 Creek Road, Crown Point, 12928
Champlain Memorial Lighthouse

The site of the Champlain Memorial Lighthouse has a rich historic past. It was originally occupied by a windmill, built by the French in 1737. The Champlain Memorial Lighthouse rises from a small...

NYS DEC Campground
Bridge Road, Crown Point, 12928