Outdoor Recreation in Saranac Lake
We're talking hiking, paddling, bouldering, fishing, swimming, and fat tire biking!

The sun shines bright in the Adirondacks

Looking for a cool experience?

Saranac Lake, the Adirondacks’ Coolest Place, is the hottest place to be in the Adirondacks. Our versatile six-million acre playground boasts outdoor recreation activities — no matter the season! 

Warm up to Saranac Lake 

There's no shortage of scenic trails and blue skies in Saranac Lake. Paddle our ponds, hike our trails, and breathe in the smell of our evergreen forests.

Our local, beloved Mount Baker is the perfect hike to get your boots dirty for the first time. It's a mere 0.9-mile hike to an outstanding view of the High Peaks, and it's located right in town! If you're looking for something easier, plan a visit to the interpretive trails at the Paul Smith's College VIC and then visit its natural history museum to experience the Adirondacks inside and out. For something more challenging, our local guides can point you in the right direction.

Plan Ahead for All-Season Adventure 

Spring's thaw brings outdoor fun 

Spring brings everyone out to enjoy biking, birding, fishing, and wildflower hunts.

Summer activities for the whole family 

We have summer fun, from swimming off of the dock to relaxing by the water. Enjoy an ice cream cone from one of our special ice cream stands or climb one of our nearby peaks

Fall is spectacular in Saranac Lake

The hiking and the photography go together in this colorful season, and there's also harvest festivities and great paddling.

Check out all of our outdoor activities

All-day hikes, lakeside strolls, skiing of all varieties, fine brews, and fine views all await in Saranac Lake. Equipment rentals are available at several locations, and maps and guidebooks can be found at the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. See you soon!

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A Trail Across the Treetops

A Trail Across the Treetops
Don't miss the Wild Walk at the Wild Center this summer!

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

This is a casual "brainstorm" session for artists to share and learn marketing skills to promote their artwork and studio for the Saranac Lake Studio Tours.

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Party on the Patio
48 Main St., Saranac Lake, NY

6pm - 10pm - FREE SHOW - 21+
Music Starts at 7pm


Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

The AuSable Valley Grange Farmers' Markets are the only "producer-only" farmers' markets in the eastern Adirondacks. At "producer-only" markets, the vendors can sell...

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

The Paul Smith’s College VIC is proud to open this year’s bird-focused art installation. BIRDS! is an exhibit highlighting the beauty of our favorite Adirondack...

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