Outdoor Recreation

Grab your bike, lace up your boots, and head to the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York State.
"High Peaks"

My son Zac and I Near the summit of Cascade Mountain on a beautiful New Years Eve day.

Peter Bell
Adirondack SUP - Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Enjoy the amazing sport of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) on the thousands of lakes, ponds, and rivers in the Adirondacks!

Froilan Rubin | Instagram @0zymand1as
After The Trek
kyle atty

Here, adventure beckons with an irresistible pull to be amid wilderness so vast, the possibilities stretch as far as the eye can see, and the spirit can soar.

From winter's array of outdoor sports, including alpine skiing and snowshoeing, to autumn's crisp mornings ideal for hiking and paddling amid colorful fall foliage, the Adirondack Region offers epic adventures all year.

Spring means whitewater rafting on the Hudson, and when you get record-breaking snowfall during winter, you get challenging Class IV and V rapids equal to anything found out west this time of year. Find experienced guides and outfitters who have been navigating the Hudson River's twists and turns for years, and prepare for adventure during the Adirondacks "big water" spring rafting season.

In summer, take the adrenaline sports rush down a miniscule notch with an afternoon of mountain or road biking around the Adirondacks. From the Lake Placid Region's growing number of mountain biking trails, to the scenic road cycling routes found throughout the region and along the Adirondack Coast of Lake Champlain, there are very few places two wheels can't take you in the Adirondacks.

Don't forget: If you're planning on camping in the Adirondacks this year, spring is a great time to book your site. Popular campgrounds such as the Saranac Lake Islands in the Adirondack Lakes Region, can sell out fast during peak travel times and you don't want to miss out on your own piece of paradise, do you?

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The Adirondack Park is a six million acre playground of endless outdoor recreation - bigger than Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Great Smokeys, Yellowstone, and Glacier national parks ... combined! Over 2,000 miles of hiking trails, 3,000 lakes and ponds and 1,200 miles of rivers are waiting for you. Begin planning your next outdoor adventure right now and discover the amazing recreation opportunities the Park has to offer.
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An Adirondack Ice Tale: Nordic Skating Takes Hold
Ice, though it as reliable as the seasons, is a mystery. To many fans of winter, it's magic. The perfect plane for Nordic skating.– Visit Adirondacks
Ice Climbing in the Adirondacks
Brad Bowers, a longtime rock climber, describes his first ice climbing trek in the Adirondacks and introduces us to the term "screaming barfies." – Brad Bowers
Island Camping on the Saranacs
– Natasha Bristol
I left promptly; the summer afternoon was sunny and a soft summer breeze floated lazily through the air. My bags were waiting for me at home, packed full of all my favorite floral dresses and sparkly sandals.– Natasha Bristol
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