The Adirondacks are brimming with adventure

Getting outside is one of the things we most love about being in Lake Placid. Whether it’s a day hike to an open summit, a snowshoe around John Brown Farm State Historic Site, or a relaxing paddle on Mirror Lake. Our highest mountains dominate the skyline, beckoning to those adventurous enough to climb them. Winter, summer, spring, and fall, Lake Placid is the perfect place to get out, do, and enjoy the great outdoors.

Leave No Trace

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.

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Mount Colden
Adirondak Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking this Adirondack 46 High Peak is number 11 on the list. Mount Colden is one of the more popular mountains in the High Peaks, but this is mostly due to its more formidable approach, the Trap Dike. While the Trap Dike is an excellent approach and...

Scott and Wallface ponds
1002 Adirondack Loj Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Route Description From the large parking area, walk back to the booth and cross the road to access the trail to Indian Pass. The well-used trail crosses several boardwalks and climbs moderately over rolling hills. With the High Peaks on both...

Whiteface Landing
Off Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking It's a 2.5 mile hike one way to Whiteface Landing. The trail starts at the left side of the trailhead parking area and soon climbs moderately away from the pond and the private camps on the pond before descending to the shore of the pond at 0.4...

ADK Wilderness Campground
1002 Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3441

The Adirondack Mountain Club's Wilderness Campground offers a variety of camping opportunities including tent sites, lean-tos, and canvas cabins. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit, a few lean-to sites are located adjacent to Heart Lake, and...

Northville-Lake Placid Trail
Averyville Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Many sections of the 133-mile Northville-Lake Placid are suitable for cross-country skiing. This section features rolling terrain with some short steep climbs to a leanto and frozen waterfall reached via a side trail. Northville-Placid Trail/Wanika...

MacNaughton Mountain
Adirondack Loj RdHeart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

MacNaughton or "MacNaughty" as it gets called so often is a very obscure hike to a 4000 footer that never made the 46 High Peaks, due to being shown as just under 4,000 feet on the 1903 era maps from which the original list was made. MacNaughton is a...

Wilderness Van
5768 NY 86, Wilmington
(518) 802-7979

Welcome to Adventure! Wilderness Van rents fully restored vintage VW Westfalia camper vans and cozy R-Pod travel trailers. T he Volkswagen Westfalia is the perfect platform for traveling and exploring the Adirondack Park. The camper's sleeping...

North Pole Campground and Lodge
5644 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-7733

The perfect destination to set up your base camp to explore the Adirondacks. Fantastic location at the base on Whiteface Mountain and directly on the Ausable River, North Pole Resorts offers a vast array of camping and lodging options, including some...

Rollins Pond State Campground
4523 State Route 30, Saranac Lake
(518) 891-3239

Located 30 miles west of Lake Placid, Rollins Pond is an incredible camping and recreation complex, for all who love boating, paddling, biking and hiking, yet would appreciate hot showers and indoor plumbing. There's a volleyball court, boat and canoe...

Giant Mountain
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Note: The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Giant Mountain is just that, a large land mass towering over Keene Valley. Giant is a shortened...

Saranac Lake Islands State Campground
4468 State Route 3, Saranac Lake
(518) 891-2841

If you've ever dreamed of your own island, we can make it come true. All you need is a tent, a boat, and a reservation. These 87 campsites are water access only. Some are islands, some along the shores of the Lower and Middle Saranac Lake, but all are...