Adirondack Adventure Activities

In any season, adventure awaits in the Adirondack Park's six-million-acres.

SPRING

VISIT: "SNIRTY" ADVENTURES

Each April, thousands of competitors descend on the Adirondack Tughill Region for the annual "Snirt Run." This family-friendly community event features snowmobilers racing through the last of the season's snow and dirt. Whether racing or cheering from the sidelines - this is one of many great Adirondack events for the whole family.

EXPERIENCE: PADDLING THE ADIRONDACK WATERWAYS

Spring in the Adirondack Region is a time of rebirth and awakenings. Winter's ice and snow melt to create incredible Hudson River whitewater rafting conditions. From late April through May, Class IV-V rapids can be found on sections of the Hudson, Sacandaga and Moose rivers. Licensed Adirondack guide services offer group trips throughout the spring "big water" rafting season. When summer bursts into bloom, the rushing rapids mellow - creating optimum paddling opportunities on rivers, as well as lakes and ponds.

DISCOVER: SCUBA DIVING ON THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER

Below the surface of the St. Lawrence River in the northwestern Adirondacks, the wreckage of five ships offers ample opportunity for scuba divers. Day and night diving expeditions are offered by licensed local guides. Swim through the wrecks of Eastcliffe Hall, Conestoga, Fleur Marie, American and Loblaw's Wreck.

SUMMER

VISIT: SUMMITS

Hiking is synonymous with the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, which boasts the largest network of hiking trails in the northeast at 2,000 miles. Enjoy Adirondack hiking trails and bag a few peaks, or get off the beaten path and conquer remote backcountry mountains. The highest peaks are located in the eastern Adirondacks, offering a challenging thrill to avid hikers, while the western Adirondack Region boasts numerous lakes, ponds and waterfalls to hike into - and to cool off in. 

No matter where you travel - the path and view from the top are sure to thrill.

EXPERIENCE: SPORTS HISTORY AND EVENTS

The Adirondack Region boasts a celebrated sporting history. Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice - something that only a handful of former Olympic villages can claim. Every summer, the region hosts the world for events such as Ironman Lake Placid, the Lake Placid and I Love NY Horse Shows, the 90-Miler Canoe Classic, the Tupper Lake Tinman Triathlon as well as select mountain bike races. Whether you're competing or cheering from the sidelines - join a sports tradition centuries in the making. 

Home to more than 60 golf courses, the Adirondack Region offers diverse golfing terrain, incredible views and package deals throughout the season. Golf on championship courses with lush fairways and rolling greens, or take the kids mini-golfing in Lake George. 

The Annual Mayors Cup Regatta & Festival takes place every year on Lake Champlain. The four-day event in and around the Plattsburgh area features races and family-friendly activities like live entertainment and fireworks.

DISCOVER: ADIRONDACK CLIMBING ROUTES

In the Adirondack Park, rock climbers will find diverse climbing opportunities. Granite is the dominant rock and steep blank faces, splitter cracks, crags, cliffs can be found throughout the region.

Rogers Rock in Hague offers one of the most unusual climbing experiences in the park - featuring a slab that rises more than 700 feet and is best approached from Lake George. Put in at the campground and paddle north for approximately 15 minutes until you see the sheer rock face.

FALL

VISIT: AN ADIRONDACK ISLAND

The Saranac Lake Islands offer premier Adirondack Island camping throughout the season. As the summer wanes, the islands become less crowded, making them the perfect place to go island camping and enjoy pristine landscape and delicious solitude. Enjoy boating amid the stunning Adirondack fall foliage while daytime temperatures are still warm, and nightfall perfect for a blazing campfire. Spend your day paddling, fishing and hiking around the islands for added adventure.

EXPERIENCE: "BLUES, BREWS, BBQ AND SKI JUMPING"

Each October, ski jumpers and aerialists fly through the air at the Olympic Jumping Complex during the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. This family-friendly event provides plenty of thrills when jumpers launch off of the 90-meter hill during the New York Ski Educational Foundation event. Enjoy live music by popular Adirondack bands, as well as mouth-watering barbecue.

DISCOVER: MOUNTAINEERING ROUTES

Mountaineers, rock climbers, hikers and geologists will find something new to conquer in the Adirondack Park. Several peaks were hit hard by 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, which eroded several of the region's distinct slides - which offer great climbing and mountaineering opportunities to experienced outdoorsmen. The 46 High Peaks offer some of the best hiking to be found in the northeast.

Saddleback Mountain offers a mix of new and expanded slides post-Irene. One of the new and longer slides can be accessed via Ore Bed Brook Trail from Johns Brook. Although it's difficult in some parts, your reward is a breathtaking view of Gothics' bare north face.

WINTER

VISIT: ALPINE AND NORDIC SKI CENTERS

Home to several alpine ski centers, the Adirondack Region is the perfect place to learn how to ski. Enjoy Adirondack skiing and snowboarding on some of the best alpine terrain east of the Rockies at ski resorts like Whiteface Mountain - which boasts the greatest vertical drop in the east - or Gore Mountain's miles of family friendly trails. Smaller alpine ski centers such as Titus Mountain offer value, expansive trails and incredible views.

Nordic skiers will delight in thousands of miles of groomed and backcountry terrain throughout the Adirondack Park. Glide through boreal forests on cross-country skis, skim along a sparkling landscape on a snowmobile, or dance on frozen lakes under a twinkling canopy of brilliant stars. Capture special moments and cherish your memories in one of the United States' oldest winter vacation destinations.

EXPERIENCE: SNOWMOBILING

The Tughill Region offers incredible Adirondack snowmobiling conditions, and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Lake effect snow from nearby Lake Ontario results in record-breaking snowfall almost each year on the Tughill Plateau, creating ideal ATV conditions throughout the region. Connect to trails that lead into Oswego, Plattsburgh, Old Forge, Tupper Lake, and the Champlain Valley and even into Quebec. Find restaurants, gas stations and Adirondack lodging right along the trails.

DISCOVER: ICE-CLIMBING AND KITE-SKIING

The Adirondack Region is home to an inventive population - one that makes the most of long winters and cold temperatures. Ice-climbing can be found throughout the region, and licensed Adirondack guides lead group trips to iced-in waterfalls and cliffs upon request.

With its vast expanses of open terrain and windy conditions, the Tughill is also perfect for snow kite skiing and boarding. This relatively young sport has taken off in the western Adirondack Region - which has been called the "Snow Kiting Capital of the East Coast." Each year, Maple Ridge Wind Farm (the largest wind farm east of the Mississippi) hosts the Annual Lewis County Snow Kite Festival. Watch hundreds of kiters fly through the air and try it out yourself.

The Adirondack Regions
The Adirondack Region features over 100 welcoming communities, mountains, lakes, verdant valleys and steep cliffs.
Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region - discover an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. You're invited to explore the Lake George Region's family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau's one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.
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