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

(9.5 miles one way, easy) Extending from the shore of Lake George to the Glens Falls Feeder Canal, this paved bikeway leads through forested foothills over gradual terrain. The bikeway is suitable...
(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...
(3.5 miles, easy) Old carriage trails start from various points along Shelving Rock Road and lead to the Shelving Rock Falls area and down to the lake. The Lakeshore Trail has beautiful lakeside...
(2 miles RT, easy) Take in the view from the recently restored 1918 steel fire tower. The restored observer's cabin houses a small museum. The trail and tower are closed during big-game rifle season...
(4.6 miles RT, easy to moderate, water access only) This is a remote route that passes three wilderness ponds and a waterfall. One of the ponds has a unique greenish-blue coloring due to minerals in...
(not shown on map, located northwest of the area covered by the map) (1 mile RT, easy) This is an extensive wetland habitat located on the St. Lawrence River west of Massena. From NYS Rt. 37 go north...
(7.5 miles, moderate, two cars needed) This is a hike through wild forest and wilderness to the remote village of Beaver River on Stillwater Reservoir which is not accessible by road. You'll pass...
Eagle Bay, NY
Wander the ruins of two Revolutionary War era forts. both distinct National Landmarks, on the shores of Lake Champlain. Trail map...
Crown Point, NY
Paul Smith's College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center) in Paul Smiths, New York offers environmental education and tourist orientation. There are miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by...
Paul Smiths, NY
Visit over 30 French and Indian War-era sites and historical markers in the immediate village area including Fort William Henry (518-668-5471) with its commanding view overlooking beautiful Lake...
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