Trail Closures

Due to the recent Halloween storm, which brought damaging winds and floods to much of northern New York, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that some trails, parking areas, and access roads are closed due to damage, wash-outs, or blow-down. Check here for more information on specific closures.

A trip to the Adirondacks isn't complete without experiencing one of our hiking trails. They're accessible year round, and there are hundreds of miles of paths to explore. Some people flock here for the big mountains but our short hikes are a great place to start, especially if you're new to hiking. 

Be prepared

We love our mountains, and you should too! Please help us protect them by enjoying them responsibly. Before heading out, review Leave No Trace principles, make sure you're prepared for the journey ahead, and familiarize yourself with regulations and weather in the mountains.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

Short, sweet, and what a view!

Many of our short hikes offer up a great outdoor experience that's complete with a beautiful view — check out the top of Cobble, and you'll be amazed that you're still right in the village of Lake Placid! There are a variety of walking and easy hiking options for you and your family to enjoy in the Lake Placid Region — find your favorite and make some great family memories! 

So get out there and stretch your legs, get in touch with nature, explore something new and go home saying you hiked in the Adirondacks.

If you're looking for hikes and mountains that are a little more challenging, check out some of the 2 to 4 hour hikes that the Adirondacks are known for.

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Connery Pond
State Route 86Lake Placid, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Route Overview From the gate near the parking area, walk back down the road slightly to an area where a couple of cars could park on the left. There is a portage trail here that leads to the shore of the pond, where there is an amazing vista...

Cobble Hill
Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cobble Hill is right off the shore of Mirror Lake, so close that it often draws the eye to the bald spot on its face. This is a great hike for everyone and with two options for ascent it has a spectacular loop hike opportunity. The summit offers...

Fernow Trail
Route 30, Tupper Lake
(518) 523-2445

This is a wonderful trail through a mixed forest of mostly evergreens. The trail was designed in a lollipop loop formation, so you can loop back to your car. The trail enters the forest and goes through a large stand of spruce and pines. At just over 0.

Owen, Copperas, and Winch Ponds
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

These three ponds are located in the Sentinel Range and offer excellent loop opportunities. There are two trails that lead into the area and either can be used to create a loop to the three ponds. Copperas Pond offers great camping potentials with a...

John Brown Farm State Historic Site
115 John Brown Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3900

Hiking John Brown Farm in the town of North Elba is the home and gravesite of abolitionist John Brown. John Brown died in the pursuit of freedom of slaves, and after an assault on Harpers Ferry to obtain arms in 1859 he was hanged in Virginia. His...

Cobble Lookout
WilmingtonCounty Rt. 72, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Constructed in the fall of 2014, this new trail is sure to become very popular because it is only one mile with little climbing to a spectacular view of the Ausable Valley and the surrounding mountains. This hike is definitely in the running for the...

Henry's Woods
Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3061

Henry's Woods, which is owned and maintained by the Uihlein Foundation, is a community preserve located just outside the village of Lake Placid. The caretakers of this beautiful property and the Uihlein Foundation invite the public to use these trails...

Round Pond - Saint Huberts
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Round Pond is an excellent destination for the entire family. This can be done as a short hike destination, fishing destination or a family camp outing. The pond is a very attractive objective with the mountains soaring above on many sides...

Blueberry Cobbles
Route 9, Elizabethtown
(518) 523-2445

This aptly-named mountain is the first summit on the East Trail to Rocky Peak and Giant at 1.9 miles from Rt. 9. Berries in season? The best ones are beyond the first lookout (1.9 miles) on the summit ledges at 2.2 miles. This hike is good for the...

Severance Hill
Rte 9, Schroon Lake
(518) 523-2445

Also known as Mount Severance because it's a great bunch of views for relatively low effort. This 2.4 mile round trip hike offers views of Schroon Lake and Pharaoh Mountain for relatively little effort. Most hikers can complete this route in an hour....

Monument Falls
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Follow the path to, and along, the Ausable River for an easy trip suitable for small children. The Monuments commemorate the 50th, and 100th Anniversary of the establishment of the Adirondack Park. Find out more Read our blog post about...

Crown Point State Historic Site
21 Grandview Drive, Crown Point
(518) 597-4666

Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map & guide available in museum (fee for museum, grounds free.) Trailhead: grounds of the Crown Point State Historic Site...