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 the Ampersand Mtn

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

Most of the homes in this community were built prior to 1940 when Saranac Lake was a major tuberculosis treatment center. Settled in 1827, the village has 170 buildings listed on the National...
(8.8 miles RT, easy to moderate) Most of this walk is on a level dirt road which leads to a large grassy clearing on the lakeshore where the Nehasane Lodge Great Camp once stood. A moderate climb...
Long Lake, 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...
(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...
(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...
1850-acre preserve, maintained by The Lake George Land Conservancy. Use orange trail to Thomas Mountain 1.5 miles, along an old logging road. Yellow trail to Cat Mountain for 2.5 miles, also along an...
(admission fee to museum) Beautifully situated on a wooded promontory of Lake George, the Marcella Sembrich opera studio-museum offers a lovely walk around well-maintained grounds with spectacular...
(3.4 miles RT, difficult, entrance fee to state campground) This is a steep trail with vistas along the way and views from the top overlooking Cranberry Lake.
(9 miles RT, moderately difficult) As you walk on this trail, you will be surrounded by the incredible blowdown from the microburst of July 1995. The open summit has great views of the whole area. A...
(3 miles RT, easy) You can explore this extraordinary marsh habitat by foot or canoe. Its location along the Lake Champlain flyway offers some of the finest bird watching in New York State, including...
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