It doesn’t have to be a challenge to see and experience all Hamilton County has to offer, but it can be! No, not like that: explore all the lakes, trails, and wonders of the area to complete "challenges" and then get a patch or pin (and eternal fame and glory) to commemorate your accomplishment! Because Hamilton County is known for its big outdoors, there are a wide variety of challenges to take on. From fire tower hikes to wildflowers to golf courses, there is plenty to explore!
Fire Tower Challenge
Visit the 7 fire towers in Hamilton County and receive a patch! This is a great way to explore area hiking trails and get close to Adirondack history.
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Chase these wildly wonderful waterfalls to collect points and receive a patch. There are easy, accessible roadside falls and locations that require a hike into the backcountry.
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Take to the skies and see how many avian friends you can identify. Here's a hint: spring and fall are great times to go birding in Hamilton County, but summer and winter offer interesting species as well.
Download the Birding Challenge brochure to learn more!
Keep your eyes open for mammals, insects, reptiles, and amphibians to collect 100 points and receive a pin!
Download the Wildlife Challenge brochure to learn more!
Spring is a wonderful time of plenty in Hamilton County. Search for wildflowers in the forests!
Download the Wildflower Challenge brochure to learn more!
Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks. Remember, not every "challenge" today has a patch or prize. The best way to cement your legacy is to pledge to always protect the wild lands and waters of the Adirondacks by practicing Leave No Trace ethics and good stewardship.
Consider donating to the Hamilton County Trail Improvement Fund! This partnership with the DEC is an opportunity to keep the trails we travel for these challenges accessible and beautiful!