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.

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.

Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

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First ice on the edge of Echo Lake.
Echo Lake
Mount Whitney RoadLake Placid, Lake Placid
(518) 523-3441

From the parking area, follow the trail and turn left on the Long Trail. You will descend back down along an old road and eventually reach a foot trail to the south shore of Echo Lake. The lake is quite small, and the best views are at the far end. At...

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...

Flume Knob
Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

The Flume Knob is another hidden gem in the Wilmington Region that should not go unmissed. 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...

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

Cobble in winter Cobble is a great choice for anyone who is new to winter hiking. As with any winter trail, snowshoes are a must for traction and to avoid postholing. Snowshoes will get you to the top on the long trail, but snow spikes may be...

Adirondack Center Museum Nature Walk
7590 Court Street, Elizabethtown
(518) 873-6466

Visit a restored fire tower and the Colonial Garden with a .5 mile nature trail. Trailhead: on the grounds of the Adirondack Center Museum, Easy Walk Time in hours: Family with Young Kids: Round Trip: .75 Experienced Hiker: Round Trip: .2 Out of Shape...

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

Hiking Route Overview At the back of the parking area there is a herd path that leads to the shore of the pond. The path is easy enough to follow but not marked. There is minimal elevation change as you hike the roughly quarter mile. Trailhead From...

Rocky Falls is a gem of a hike.
Rocky Falls
Heart Lake, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This is a gentle walk to a lovely, miniature waterfall. This hike's charm is the easy route and the lovely setting. At the Adirondack Loj, follow signs to the Indian Pass trail, which first proceeds along the shore of Heart Lake and then heads to the...

Moose Pond
Route 3, Bloomingdale
(518) 891-1990

The trail to this pretty pond is an old dirt road and combines gentle climbs with sections that are virtually flat. It is the perfect easy hike, ski, or snowshoe with the additional possibility of an easy camping trip. After crossing the footbridge...

Spring is always a great time to hike to waterfalls.
Knoblock Falls
Route 9N, Keene
(518) 523-2445

This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly recommended. When traveling off-trail you will experience hazards not realized on a trail, expect more difficult and...

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...

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...

A wonderful spot for paddling which offers great sunsets.
Debar Pond
Debar Pond Road, Paul Smiths
(518) 523-2445

The portage is relatively flat with one following a corduroy walkway. The trail has a tendency to be a bit wet. Debar Pond is a long and narrow glacial lake with seemingly cool water all year. Sheltered by Debar and Baldface Mountain it has calm...