Don’t end your hike with a parking ticket

To avoid congestion and potentially dangerous situations, parking on the shoulder of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and the Rooster Comb trailhead is off limits. Parking on the shoulder of the road near the Cascade Mountain trailhead is also off limits. Shuttles are available.
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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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Belfry Mountain Trail
Dalton Hill Rd, Port Henry
(518) 962-2287

How to get there From the intersection of Route 22/9N and county Route 4 in Port Henry, follow Route 4 to Route 70. Follow county Route 70 to the crossroads with Tracy Road and Dalton Hill Road. Follow Dalton Hill Road straight through the...

Easy trail that leads to an outlook.
Town of Keene Ridge Loop
Airport Road, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Hiking This is a nice walk through the woods on an easy trail with a couple of modest climbs to reach the height-of-land. It features interesting views and a quiet forest add up to a nice, short, family hike. Primary Trailhead: Leave Lake Placid on...

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...

Peninsula Nature Trails
Brewster Peninsula Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Brewster Peninsula Trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid and are tucked back on a dirt road. The DEC has worked to use old access roads and selected new trails to develop this year-round destination for short, fun afternoon outings.

Silver Lake Mountain
Silver Lake Rd11 mi. west of Ausable Forks, Westville
(518) 946-2255

Hiking Silver Lake Mountain is a great "bang for your buck" destination. This short trail is perfect for the entire family and offers some outstanding views out over Taylor Pond, Union Falls Pond, Silver Lake, Catamount and Whiteface Mountain's...

Stag Brook Falls
5021 New York 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

Stag Brook Falls is an excellent couple hours of hiking along an attractive brook with numerous waterfalls and cascades. Picnic benches, nature signs, and swimming are available along the way. Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and...

Washbowl
Route 73, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

Hiking The Washbowl is an easy hike for children or photographers. There is a nice view just before the Washbowl. A nice two-fer with Chapel Pond providing a popular swimming spot. Washbowl via Chapel Pond Trailhead: South on Route 73 from Lake...

LaChute River Walk
Ticonderoga
(518) 585-6366

Hiking LaChute River Walk Trailhead: Ticonderoga Heritage Museum - 4 miles RT, Easy Walk Nature and Historic Walks Take a lovely loop around Bicentennial Park with many interpretive signboards to learn about history and nature. Time in hours: Family...

Flume Knob
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2255

The Flume Knob is another hidden gem in the Wilmington Region that should not be missed. Using the region's mountain biking trails as an approach makes for an outstanding day trip for the entire family. Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of...

Penfield Pond Trail
6482 Main StreetPOB 193, Westport
(518) 962-2287

(1 mi RT, easy) Trailhead on Old Ironville Rd, 0.2 mi east of Penfield Museum. Cross creek, follow trail into woods, climbs hill above brook, goes along east shore of Penfield Pond.

This little spur trail has a lot to offer.
Bear Run
Route 73, Keene
(518) 523-2445

Primary Trailhead: From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 86 in Lake Placid follow Route 73 toward Keene. Drive through Keene and Keene Valley and Into St. Huberts. Locate the High Peaks Trailhead for the AMR on the right and park here. Bear Run...

Wickham Marsh Wildlife Area
Route 373, Keeseville
(518) 523-2445

Hiking Carry a map and compass on this trail system, as it can be easy to get turned around. Trailhead There are three location that you can access the trail system; Route 373 Trailhead From the intersection of Route 373 and Route 9 north of...