Adirondack Snowshoeing

Experience the peaceful solitude of an Adirondack landscape blanketed in snow on miles of recreation and backcountry trails.
Snowshoe the Adirondacks
After The Trek
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View from Mt. Jo

A young hiker soaks in the views from Mt. Jo.

Joanne Kennedy

Snowshoes are standard issue in the Adirondacks, an easy way to get outside and enjoy the deep snow without making an investment in a lot of gear or lessons. With one of the most extensive hiking trail networks in the country – 2,000 miles, to be precise – the Adirondacks' recreational trails provide leisurely snowshoeing, as well as endless backcountry terrain, for serious trekking.

If you're just starting out and would like some instruction, check out the Adirondacks' Nordic skiing and snowshoeing centers, including Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake and Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid. Over the years, both have helped prepare several local athletes for past and future Winter Olympic Games, and you'll find friendly staff who have been outfitting generations of visitors to the Adirondacks.

For experienced snowshoers, and winter recreation enthusiasts looking for a more challenge backcountry experience, the Adirondack Mountains beckon with snowy escapes through quiet, wintry white and pristine wilderness.

Top Places to Snowshoe in the Adirondack Region:

  • Cascade Cross Country Ski Center in Lake Placid boasts over 12 miles of groomed and wind-protected multi-use trails that connect to Mt. Van Hoevenberg's trail system and the extensive Jack Rabbit Trail that connects Keene Valley to Saranac Lake. Purchase an inter-connect ticket to access all three and explore over 50 miles of trails. Don't miss Cascade's Full Moon Ski Parties held each full moon during the winter, complete with bonfires and free refreshments.
  • High Falls Gorge in Wilmington offers family-friendly outdoor adventure close to Whiteface Mountain. Enjoy a trek around the gorge's walkways using Yak Traks available at the center, traverse the frozen waterfalls of the West Branch of the Ausable River and warm up with hot cocoa and a bonfire back at the center.
  • Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) in Paul Smith's offers 25 miles of scenic trials and wildlife viewing. Keep an eye out for fox and deer tracks, or join in one of the VIC's many winter treks. Purchase a trail pass at the center and enjoy a variety for trails rated beginner to advanced – skijoring, or dog-drawn Nordic skiing allows for fun with four-legged friends too!
  • Adirondack Interpretive Center in Newcomb provides winter hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing trails around two frozen lakes rated as easy, moderate and challenging. The R.W. Rage Jr. Memorial Trail offers access to the Connector Trail leading to Camp Santanoni, an Adirondack Great Camp undergoing massive renovations.
  • Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville is a Nordic skiing and snowshoeing destination offering overnight accommodations, miles of private trails, ice skating and snow tubing. Warm up après ski and relax in the center's Finnish-style sauna

Snowshoeing Listings

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center - Benson, NY
A touch of Finland in the Adirondacks! Nationally recognized XC ski & snowshoe center, also for snow tubing and sledding. Owned by Olympian Olavi Hirvonen & family. 4-season cottage rentals,...
Benson, NY
ADK is dedicated to the protection and responsible recreational use of New York State Forest Preserve, parks, wild lands and waters. Walk-in information center offers hiking, snowshoe, skiing maps,...
Lake George, NY
Multi-use facility includes Caroline Fish Memorial Trails, single track mountain bike trail, hike, walk, cross-country ski, snowshoe on 11km trails. Dynamite Hill downhill ski, ice skating,...
Chestertown, NY
A full service bicycle shop with bike rentals as well as ski, skate and snowshoe rentals. Also a florist shop with specialty gifts & greeting cards.
Inlet, NY
In the Northern Adirondacks at the foot of Lyon Mt. The New Land Trust features 287 acres - Open to the Public for xc-skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, birdwatching, and general enjoyment of nature....
Saranac, NY
A four-season park. Picnic, playground, tennis, pavilion by reservation; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and toboggan run.
Warrensburg, NY
Tug Hill Plateau offers thousands of acres of public lands. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, biking, ATV riding, fishing, hunting, camping and more.Home to the best...
Lowville, NY
55km of groomed trails, set tracks and skating lanes, novice-expert. 30km dedicated snowshoe trails. Guided tours, lessons, maps, and rentals.
North River, NY
Family friendly skiing on Village Slopes, terrain park with halfpipe, snow tubing, cross-country ski, snowshoe, family events, lighted for evening activity, food service.
North Creek, NY
(2 miles RT, easy) Enjoy a hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski through meadows and forest. Parking is roadside and you may access the trail from the north end on Ferris Road or south end on Walker...
Wadhams, NY
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