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

(Nature Conservancy preserve) Located approximately 21 miles southwest of Malone. Follow NYS Route 30 to County Route 14 (The Red Tavern Road). The trail is located approximately 7 miles down on...
(2.2 miles round trip, easy) Coney Mountain is a small peak in the Adirondack Region of New York State. At only about 2260 Feet, it does not qualify as one of the 46 4000 footers. Coney does offer...
Long Lake, NY
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
Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside falls located in a small rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. (the falls is on private property)
Indian Lake, NY
Short trail into a beautiful pond, less than 1/2 mile to the shores. The trail is an old road, and one could portage a canoe in very easily.
Indian Lake, NY
(7.8 mile RT, easy) This is a nice woods walk to a series of ponds and a seasonal off-trail waterfall on the outlet of West Pond.
Eagle Bay, NY
The Northville Lake Placid Trail Description Follows...
Benson, NY
(3 mile RT canoe and 3.2 mile RT hike, difficult) From Paul Smiths follow NYS Rte. 30 south to Lake Clear. Continue on NYS Rte. 30 to Saranac Inn. Turn right onto Floodwood Road and follow for...
(5.8 miles RT, easy) First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to a secluded sandy beach on Good Luck Lake, and then you can backtrack to an unmarked trail that leads up a short steep climb to...
Arietta, NY
(1 mile water crossing from the Peru boat launch, difficult, and 7.5 miles of trails, easy) This historic island, now owned by the state, was the site of a pivotal naval battle during the...
Plattsburgh, NY
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