Birding Hikes

Birding hikes

Birders who visit the Adirondacks will find a variety of hikes in Hamilton County presenting birders with a chance to find unique species. Birders can hike mountains like Wakely and Blue mountains, and watch as the bird community changes from the variety of warblers and other songbirds at the base to the community at the summit. This community not only includes Bicknell's Thrush, but also Swainson's Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blackpoll Warbler, Boreal Chickadee, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

View our birding hikes below and find one just right for you. Read more information about birding in the Adirondacks and find paddles for bird watching as well.

Leave No Trace

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.


Experience More

Rondaxe Road
Inlet, NY 13360
A developing mountain biking trail network that branches out from Old Forge can be found here! 
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
Cascade and Stephens ponds are two beautiful gems in the Blue Ridge Wilderness. In any season, you'll find peaceful forests and pristine waters. If you're lucky, you'll catch a glimpse of an otter; they've been known to frequent these parts.
Cascade Pond
Piseco, NY 12139
This is a very popular hike located near Piseco, NY, with easy terrain. The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep.
Lake Pleasant, NY 12108
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. 
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake starts and ends at the Great Camp Sagamore. Many of the trails around the Great Camp are open to the public.
A skier glides through open woods
Indian Lake, NY 12842
John Pond is a scenic destination in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack Wilderness Area ends at a lean-to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of John Pond.
A close-up view of a dirt trail and grass on either side
Inlet, NY 13360
This is a very short trail to a small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the birding opportunities are quite good. Wildlife viewing has great potential as well.
A small pond with considerable wetland plants.
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack ponds. This is an excellent half-day hike that shouldn't get overlooked.
A person crosses a 3-plank wooden bridge.
Inlet, NY 13360
The trail to Sis and Bubb lakes is very pleasant and suitable for families. Stunning views await those who take this short walk.
Wells, NY 12190
This hike is along an old forest road, now closed to vehicular traffic. The old road weaves in and out, and crosses Robbs Creek several times while working its way over rolling hills to the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area.
A stream flowing through chunky rocks.
Inlet, NY 13360
This is a unique loop trail that utilizes foot trails, multi-use trails, and a forest road. While the footing may be slippery and rough in places, it's an attractive walk through a mixed evergreen and deciduous forest. 
A woman walks towards a pond on an exposed granite trail.
Raquette Lake, NY 13436
This trail is only accessible by boat via the Tioga Point State Campground. It's a unique adventure to a pretty destination.
A lake during a hazy sunset.
Blue Mountain Lake, NY 12812
This pond isn't frequently visited, offering those who do hike here a chance to find solitude. Chances are your only company will be wildlife.
The view of a small pond surrounded by trees.
Route 8/30
Speculator, NY 12164
Just a quick hike to Auger Falls along the Sacandaga River is sure to please any member of the family! Just be cautious on the steeper slopes near the falls. Take a short trip just to see the falls or go for a longer loop hike around the area.
The spring run is spectacular!
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet, NY 13360
The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of the 80,000 acre Moose River Plains Complex, a collection of public lands crossed by more than 40 miles of old dirt logging roads.
Trail sign for Cathedral Pines
South Sabattis Road, County Route 10
Long Lake, NY 12847
In 1933, a fire tower on Buck Mountain was established on private lands between Long Lake and Tupper Lake.
From the tower cab on Buck Mountain looking toward Little Tupper Lake.
New York State Route 10
Arietta, NY ‎12139
First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to Good Luck Lake. A small backtrack to an unmarked trail leads up a short steep climb, then an open ledge with fantastic views.
Hiking boots in the mud.