Summer and Fall Outdoor Activities

Find your perfect outdoor vacation activity 

Summer and fall are popular times to vacation in the Adirondacks. 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 Adirondacks' 46 High Peaks. Drive past 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 to be climbed.

Our trails aren’t just made for walking — both mountain and road bikes are thrilling ways to experience the Adirondacks. Specially designed mountain bike trails are located throughout the region, and scenic mountain and riverside drives give cyclists several picturesque loops to choose from. 

Lakes, ponds, and rivers - oh my!

Maybe you enjoy spending time on or in the water during your vacation. There are hundreds of miles of lakes, ponds, and rivers ready for exploring. These waters are great for flatwater paddling, SUPs, motorboats, whitewater rafting, and fishing, including the famed fly-fishing mecca that is the West Branch of the Ausable River. 

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 United States.