Hiking in the Adirondacks

Whether hiking the Adirondack High Peaks or enjoying a day trip - the beauty from an Adirondack summit will take your breath away.
Hiking Ampersand Mountain

A view of the Adirondack Lakes Region.

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Making it to the top of Mt. Marcy!

Kellie Scrim
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Laura Miller

Hike to Breathtaking Adirondack Views

Mountains have the power to enchant and to excite. To awaken a passion for wild places and a longing for the thrill of wide open wilderness. In the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, adventure beckons from time-worn hiking trails that offer both solace and discovery at each turn. More than 2,000 miles of Adirondack trails wind along forested paths, skip along waterfalls, leading to summits with 360 degree views that extend as far as the eye can see. If magic exists - its enchantment begins in the mountains.

Hike the 46 Adirondack High Peaks

The 46 peaks that make up the Adirondack High Peaks are each over (or at least pretty close to) 4,000', and can be mostly found in the Lake Placid Region. Each offers a unique hiking experience, and it is possible to get two or three peaks done during a single day. Challenge yourself to hike all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, enjoying beautiful vistas and challenging terrain along the way. You will meet amazing people along the trails, happy to share their tips and tricks with you as you check each peak off your list.

Hiking Options for All Abilities

Not everyone can hike to Mount Marcy's summit - the highest point in all of New York State. Several trails within the Adirondack Park provide handicap accessible options so that everyone can enjoy the rugged beauty of the mountains. Download our FREE Adirondack Great Walks & Day Hikes Guide, a great resource for hikers regardless of skill level. Find the perfect hike for your group, whether it's a leisurely stroll near a quiet lake or a more advanced trail along a waterfall.

From the lowlands in the Adirondack Tughill region, to the island hikes of the Saranac Lake Chains, and the Lake Champlain coast line. From the famed 46 High Peaks Wilderness area stretching from Keene Valley to Lake Placid - there's no better place to fall in love with the wilderness than at the summit of a mountain in the heart of a six-million-acre park. Adirondack hiking books and maps are available to help you on your trek.

Plan Your Hiking Trip to the Adirondacks

Explore hiking options with descriptions of many less-traveled Adirondack hikes, and a list of nearby accommodations and attractions to help you start planning your Adirondack hiking adventure. Additional Adirondack trail information can always be found on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Adirondack Trail Information page.

Hiking Listings

(1.4 miles, easy) This walking trail along the Hudson River passes some unusual rock formations at the river's edge and features 29 points of interest along the way. A descriptive trail map is...
(various, easy) The South Branch is known for its waterfalls, recent aquisitions have opened up public access to many of them. Short walks from Tooley Pond Road provide easy access.
(4.5 mile loop, moderate, entrance fee to state park) Outstanding views can be attained from the occasionally steep trail that circles the rim of this spectacular 400-foot deep, three-mile long...
Lowville, NY
(1.2 miles, easy, entrance fee to state campground) Take a walk beside an old dam and a pond that was once used to help float logs downstream. A trail guide, available at the trailhead, explains 20...
Eagle Bay, NY
(12 miles RT paddle from Blue Mtn. Lake, moderate, and a 1 mile RT walk, easy) After paddling across Blue Mtn. Lake, under W. W. Durant's classic bridge (circa 1891), and down narrow Eagle and...
Blue Mountain Lake, NY
(7.4 miles RT, moderate, entrance fee to state campground) Located 19 miles south of Malone off NYS Rte. 30 at the Meacham Lake Campground. This is a relatively easy hike with a steep final ascent to...
(8.3 miles, moderately easy, two cars needed) This route follows an old road and trail once used by early settlers who farmed and mined in this area. You'll pass a series of very attractive lakes, an...
Hope, NY
(4.5 mile trail network) This is an excellent bird watching site located in the Upper and Lower Lakes State Wildlife Management Area. The nature trail system includes an observation tower and a...
Canton, NY
(9 miles RT, easy) Follow NYS Rte. 3 southwest from Saranac Lake for approximately 11 miles. Several spur trails access lean-tos on the river as you walk down this old woods road. The road...
(easy) Short, unmarked routes lead to views of these exciting falls on the Raquette River. About 1.5 miles north of the intersection of Routes 3 and 56, an unmarked trail leads to the base of Moody...
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