You may think of South Meadow is simply as a place to park your car when hiking into the High Peaks Region, but it’s so much more than that. It’s a birding destination, a wildflower hunting ground, and an amazing scenic opportunity.
Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on Route 73, follow Route 73 toward Keene. Take the first right after the ski jumps onto Adirondack Loj Road. Then about 3.8 miles down this road, take a left onto Meadow Lane. Follow this somewhat rough road for 1.0 mile all the way to the end at the parking lot.
This is a 0.4 mile, one way; hike is over level ground that leads into South Meadow. From the parking area, locate a wood outhouse on the left and then locate the herd-path located in that general region. Once on the herd-path it will proceed over gentle grades through an open forest. Keep South Meadow on your right, it can be seen through the trees.
You will have ample opportunities to approach the grassy meadow along the way, or walk within it if you prefer. The herd-path basically ends at a branch of South Meadow Brook, which is too deep to ford. Retrace your steps or walk back along South Meadow Brook for additional vistas. In the fall this is an excellent area to take in the colors of the changing leaves.
All hikers, makes and models: To the end of the herd-path – 15 to 20 minutes