Summer & Fall Outdoor Activities

Find Your Perfect Outdoor Vacation Activity 

A popular time to vacation in the Adirondacks is during the summer and fall seasons. The warmer weather, fresh mountain air, endless waterways, and wildlife make Lake Placid the ideal place to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Over the river and through the woods...

Did you know hiking is our most popular outdoor activity? There are hundreds of hiking trails with options for all abilities, from family friendly trails, such as Cobble Hill, to challenging hikes of the Adirondack’s 46 High Peaks. Drive through the Cascade Lakes and you will see that rock climbing is another great Adirondack pastime and our mountains provide a range of rugged cliffs beckoning a climb.

Our trails aren’t just made for walking - both mountain and road bikes are thrilling ways to experience the Adirondack Park as well. Specially designed mountain bike specific trails are located throughout the Park and scenic mountain and riverside drives all over the region give cyclists several picturesque loops to choose from. 

Lakes, ponds and rivers - oh my!

Maybe you enjoy time spent on the water, or in the water on your vacation. The Adirondack Park has miles and miles of lakes, ponds and rivers ready for exploring. These waters are great for flat water paddling, SUPs, motorboats, whitewater rafting and plenty of fishing, including the famed fly-fishing mecca of the West Branch of the Ausable. 

When in doubt, guide it out.

Not sure where to start or need help planning your outdoor vacation experience? There are plenty of licensed guides to show you the way. They know the Adirondack landscape, waterways, flora, fauna, history and lore better than anyone - and they'll gladly share their outdoor knowledge and technical skills to those who wish to explore the largest protected wilderness in the continental US.