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

By the beach off Rt 28 in North Creek. Blue foot trail markers with a section in the middle utilizing blue ski trail markers. DEC 518-623-1200.
North Creek, NY
(6.4 miles RT or 7.2 miles RT, moderate) You can access this lake from two trailheads and loop trips are possible. The trail coming in from the north passes some giant boulders just before reaching...
Old Forge, NY
This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls follows along the famous Northville-Lake Placid trail, and is...
Arietta, NY
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its small size, and less than 200 yards from the road. You'll find a...
Wells, NY
(5 miles RT, moderately difficult) Follow Rte. 30 to Paul Smiths. Just north of the intersection of Rtes. 30 & 86 in Paul Smiths, turn onto the Keese Mills Road. The trailhead is located...
(6 miles RT, easy) This is a woods walk over flat terrain to a beautiful series of waterfalls with a total drop of 60 feet.
(2.5 miles RT, easy, Nature Conservancy preserve) A variety of habitats can be observed here -- a black spruce-tamarack bog, a northern white cedar swamp, a hemlock-northern hardwood forest and a...
(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...
(6.6 miles RT, easy) The route from Clear Pond to Lilypad Pond traverses an extensive beech forest and passes several picturesque glacial ponds. Long Pond, lined with hemlocks and white pine, is a...
Open to the public October 1, 2013, this 250 foot waterfall is the tallest in the Adirondack Park and one of the tallest in all of New York State.The trail to OK Slip Falls in the Hudson Gorge...
Indian Lake, NY
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