Hiking in the Adirondacks
There are endless hiking options available for finding adventure and solitude in the Adirondacks, where a lot of the land is publicly owned and available for recreation. It's a place where hiking trails crisscross the landscape and outdoor opportunities for any age and skill level abound. That means there's also variety — trips ranging in length from under an hour to several days can all be found here.
Year-round fun for all abilities
Hiking doesn't have to be hard. We have short walks in the woods at places like the magical Cathedral Pines. For more of a challenge, Snowy Mountain is a favorite, especially with its historic fire tower on the summit. The trails and mountains in our region are fun year-round, too. The Adirondacks gets some of the best snow in the northeast and hiking is a four-season activity, snowshoes are a wonderful way to experience the sparkling wonder of the woods deep in snow. For a little more adventure, try checking out either the Fulton Chain Trifecta or ADK 6 Pack hiking challenges! Earn a unique souvenir or add to your hiking patch collection!
Since people began to vacation in the Adirondacks, guides have shown the way. Today, licensed New York state guides offer expeditions and educational opportunities throughout the region, no matter the season. Among the many guided options are wildflower identification walks, orienteering skills lessons and challenges, private fishing trips, and even viewing wildlife while sitting next to a babbling stream or on the shore of a pristine pond.
Take on a challenge!
While you're hiking and enjoying the remarkable scenery of the region, keep your eyes and ears open for our amazing wildlife! The Adirondack Experience Wildlife Challenge is a fun way to engage with nature and earn a special pin! You earn points for different species, from the mighty moose to the flamboyant firefly.
The Adirondacks are full of more than just wildlife, though. We also have an abundance of flora, including stunning native wildflowers. For the plant lovers, the Adirondack Experience Wildflower Nature Challenge is a fun opportunity to track your observations. Earn points for the different species you see, then get a reward! Don't forget: please don't pick the flowers!
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.
Preparation is important in any season, but specially so in colder months. In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.
Before heading out, be sure to review the Leave No Trace principles and make sure you are prepared with hiking essentials!