A new leaf

The days are getting warmer, the trees are budding, the sun is shining a little more each day: it's springtime! Sure, summer, fall, and winter are amazing, but spring brings new life into the communities. Wild lands with wildflowers galore, flowing waterfalls, maple syrup, and migrating birds define spring in Hamilton County. And, best of all, there's still plenty of fun in every corner of the county.

Maple syrup and maple products on display and for sale

Here comes the sun

As the temperatures slowly begin to rise during the day, but the nights remain cool, it means something magical is happening: maple season is arriving! The sweet and bright liquid gold is a delight and a welcomed sign of the changing seasons. As the forests begin to come back to life, many wildflowers bloom, creating a lovely and colorful display. While the spring beauties and other wildflowers are fun to see, it's important to only look (or take photos). We want to ensure all the flowers are there for the next person to admire!

Another spring gift is the return of migrating and hibernating wildlife. Once the ice melts off lakes and ponds, Common Loons make their way back to the lakes which dot the landscape. Other species of birds also return to their Adirondack homes and fill our world with song. Creatures who have been sleeping the winter away begin to wake up as well.

A black and white water bird (Common Loon) drifts across a body of water

And, just like that, the woods and waters are alive with activity again!

Water, water everywhere

Hey, spring is a great time to visit the many waterfalls in Hamilton County! As the snows of winter melt, waterfalls come to life in a terrific way. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet of waterfalls here, with cascades ranging from gentle and accessible to steep and plunging. Take in the flowing waters from roadside stops or hike miles into the backcountry; either way, there's a waterfall (or two!) waiting for you to visit. Don't forget your camera!

A waterfall in spring with green trees framing it

Seasons happen

"Weather" we like it or not, spring can present some challenging forecasts. Snow can last longer in the bigger mountains, and with melt, some dangerous conditions can form with ice and mud. This is fine because we just have a good excuse then to stick to fun low-elevation activities! Road cycling is excellent in spring. And yes, there are still options for hikes that are appropriate for spring adventures

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. 

You can pledge to Love Your ADK to continue the legacy of good stewardship in every season!