The Adirondack Mountains, a formidable collection of majestic peaks, are a hiker’s haven. Visitors have been admiring Lake George Area mountains since the Original Vacation began, and adventurous souls have been carving routes up those mountains for just as long. Expertly maintained trails are waiting to be explored. See you at the trailhead.

Hiking is a pillar of the Lake George Area experience

The Adirondack Mountains cannot be ignored because they envelop and color the region. They’re beautiful to look at, but many visitors to the area dream of conquering the peaks. The Lake George Area is a premier hiking destination because of the unparalleled beauty of the Adirondacks. Some hikes, such as The Pinnacle, are simple jaunts along wooded trails with a switchback or two to ease the burden of the climb. Many of the easier hiking trails are parks with secluded paths, beckoning you to relax and connect with the outdoors. Other hikes are difficult and rugged hours-long endeavors such as the Black Mountain Range, where even experienced hikers are tested. Hikers may encounter well-built ladders on a steep pitch, scrambles over open rock, or a remote lean-to at the end of the trek. Of course, there’s always a reward when you reach the end of the trail.

The Adirondack Mountains provide some of the greatest views in the country, especially during fall foliage season. On clear days, a hiker on the summit of a Lake George Area mountain can see as far as Vermont’s Green Mountains and views of Lake George are common. You can’t reach the summit of a Lake George Area vacation without exploring an Adirondack hiking trail.

Godwin Preserve

Godwin Preserve

Get off the beaten path at the Godwin Preserve! The Godwin Preserve, a Lake George Land Conservancy trail in Bolton Landing, offers an easy, short hike to a lookout. The lookout offers stunning views of High Noppit, Amy's Park below, and other mountains in the distance.

Halfway Brook Trail

This meticulously planned collaboration between Glens Falls and Queensbury opens the beautiful watershed lands spread out between Potter and Peggy Ann Roads. The 1.2-mile path meanders through "Potter Woods" taking the visitor through the diverse ecosystems of wetlands and woodlands, as well as an active tree farm. A hand-built bridge carries you over the trail's namesake and onto the path ahead.

Amy's Park

Amy's Park

There are four hiking trails for passive recreation, exploration, education and two water access points. The park includes lookout areas where you can view the active beaver pond and its resident wildlife, as well as a view of Lake George. You can hike the perimeter of the Park via the yellow trail to the red trail to the north pond on the blue trail; go south from the blue trail to the orange trail to the parking lot.

Skiier with green skis and yellow jacket skiing corduroy at West Mountain with blue skies

West Mountain

West Mountain has been the perfect setting for your families’ winter outing for over 50 years. Enjoy biking, climbing and playing at West in the warmer months! West Mountain with a vertical drop of 1,010-feet has 31 trails across over 126 acres, ranging from easy, gentle learning slopes to challenging, expert terrain. Don't plan on leaving when the sun goes down!

East Side of Lake George Hikes

Buck Mtn, moderate difficulty on rocky trail with excellent lake views; Sleeping Beauty Mtn, easy trail to spectacular lake views; Pilot Knob Mtn, moderate trail with lake views; Lakeshore Trail, easy trail past Shelving Rock Falls to lake.

Pole Hill Pond

The entrance to the Pole Hill Pond Preserve is on the west side of Route 9N. Look for the prominent sign.

North Creek Ski Bowl

North Creek Ski Bowl

A one-of-a-kind trail system for Nordic skiers in the winter, cyclists the rest of the year.

Potash Mountain

Potash Mountain Hiking Trail

Discover gorgeous views of the Adirondacks from the summit of Potash Mountain! This 2.6-mile round trip climb brings hikers to an open summit that seems more like a meadow than the top of a mountain. The hike to the summit is short and steep with views beginning towards the top of the trail. From the top, hikers will find gorgeous views of Fourth Lake and dozens of mountains.

Lake George Recreation Park

Lake George Recreation Park

Get outside and have some fun at the Lake George Recreation Park! There's a ton to do at the Lake George Recreation Park! Enjoy baseball, softball, and soccer fields by reservation. There are also basketball courts and a dog park available for use.

Kipp Mountain

Kipp Mountain Hiking Trail

A 1.92 mile out-and-back trail in Chestertown.

Warren County Nature Trails

Warren County Nature Trail & Nordic Ski System

Easy-to-expert hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing trails on the banks of the Hudson River.

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Ski, hike, cycle, and more at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area! There is so much to do at Dynamite Hill! Get outside in the summer on 133 acres of marked hiking, single-track cycling, and the seasonal picnic pavilion. In the winter, Dynamite Hill offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, downhill tubing, and ice skating. There's even night skiing, a tow rope, and a warming hut!