Travel tips for visiting Lake Placid
We look forward to welcoming you to Lake Placid and are committed to ensuring that every day in Lake Placid is the perfect day.
The safety of our residents, visitors, and our environment is always our top priority. Each person who visits the Adirondacks leaves an impact. Please review these resources to ensure you're ready to visit responsibly.
It is important to remember to show love and care for this amazing natural wonderland. Going on an all-day adventure? Remember to pack the right gear. Going somewhere new? Prepare by doing plenty of research before you go, and familiarize yourself with the map and weather. This is the perfect time to learn about Leave No Trace and take the Love Your ADK pledge. You can help preserve our wild spaces for future generations.
- Plan to hike? Make sure you have the 10 essentials
- Before you hit the water: review these paddling safety tips
- Waste 101 - It's more than just litter!
- Follow the Leave No Trace 7 Principles
Hiker Shuttle Information
Parking at some of the popular trailheads can be limited. Take the Hiker Shuttle to help make your adventure stress-free!
The Town of Keene Hiker Shuttle route transports hikers between the Airport Road parking lot in Keene (at the south end of Marcy Field) to the Garden trailhead. This shuttle will be in operation every Saturday and Sunday from Saturday, August 26, 2023, through October 8, 2023. Transport service begins at 7 a.m. on days the shuttle is in operation.
The Essex County Route 73 Shuttle (Marcy Loop) route will run along Route 73, starting at Marcy Field and ending at the Giant Mountain Ridge Trail, and then turning around. The shuttle will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Sept. 23 through Oct. 8, and will also run the same schedule on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023. The final loop providing return trips to Marcy Field will begin at approximately 6 p.m. There is no cost associated with riding the shuttle and no fee for parking at Marcy Field. Download the map and schedule.
Some of the hikes accessible from this shuttle are:
- Giant via the Ridge Trail
- Giant via Roaring Brook Falls
- Giant's Nubble
- Rooster Comb
- Roaring Brook Falls
- Chapel Pond
- Giant's Washbowl
Hiking during hunting season
Hiking safely during hunting season is paramount for the well-being of both hikers and hunters alike. This time of year brings unique challenges and risks that require careful consideration and adherence to safety measures. Here's what to know before you go:
- Know the season: Be aware of hunting seasons and regulations in your area.
- Wear bright colors: Dress in blaze orange or other highly visible colors to be seen by hunters.
- Stay on trails: Stick to established hiking trails to avoid wandering into hunting zones.
- Make noise: Be vocal and use a bell or whistle to alert hunters to your presence.
- Avoid dusk/dawn: Hike during daylight hours and avoid early morning or late evening when hunting is more common.
- Pets leashed: Keep pets on a leash and in bright colors.
- Communication: Inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time.
- Respect hunters: Be courteous to hunters you encounter and avoid disrupting their activities.
- Research: Check local hunting maps and websites for specific rules and areas to avoid.
Transportation and Road Safety
- The Placid Xprss is a free shuttle service that runs through the Village of Lake Placid 7 days a week.
- Whether you are cycling or driving, we know you want to enjoy your time here to be safe. Be kind - share the road and ride and drive responsibly.
Plan Before You Go
To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, it is important to check directly with the specific restaurant, lodging property, attraction, etc., that you want to visit. Please note that many of our area attractions require advanced ticket purchasing and reservations.
Remember, kindness can move mountains. The world is understaffed and so are we. Please be patient with all of those who are working hard to provide the welcoming, laid-back experience the Adirondacks are so well known for. Thank you.