New: Heaven Hill Trails
My 6-year-old, Oliver, and I decided to check out the new Heaven Hill Trails, and we are hooked. They are now on our weekly-outing list. Close to town with a variety of lengths to choose from, these relatively flat paths are an awesome addition to all the family-friendly activities Lake Placid has to offer!
Choose your own adventure
I think one of my favorite things about the Adirondacks' newest trail system is the variety of options. There are three main loops and all of the paths are relatively flat and accessible.
- The Big Field Loop is 0.9 mile long and leads you through the woods to a field adjoining the Heaven Hill Farm property. This is the shortest of the trails and a fun little jog.
- The Old Orchard Loop is 1.4 miles long and marked by orange tags. It starts with a short walk through the woods which leads to a large loop through a field with outstanding views of the mountains. There is a slight grade on this loop.
- The Bear Cub Loop is marked in green and has the most options for varying its length. You can walk the main outer loop which runs 1.5 miles, or choose to shorten or lengthen your trip by taking one of the five shorter green cross trails.
Dogs, kids, bikers, and hikers agree: These trails are a perfect addition to Lake Placid!
Easy, accessible, family-friendly
The trails are close to the village, and easily found at the end of Bear Cub Road. The bulk of the trails are quite flat, and the paths are wide for the most part. I'd consider them perfect for walking, trail jogging, and, while I am not pushing for autumn to be over, I know these trails will be a great new addition to my cross-country skiing list.
Many thanks to the Uihlein Foundation for opening these new trails to the public!
If you're looking for a little bit more of a family-friendly uphill climb, check out this recent blog on our hike up Owl's Head.
See you on the trails!