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, August 16th, 2017

Join the VIC in celebrating the works of Montreal artist Eberhard Froehlich . Eberhard Froelich was last year winner for the best piece of art produced at the VIC, he also won a prize in 2015...

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

A Walk in the Woods features 52 pieces from 37 local artists. This show includes pieces of a variety of mediums, and depicts artists' experiences exploring Adirondack forests. A Walk in the...

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Join VIC Naturalists for a guided paddle on Barnum Pond via Barnum Brook. This two-hour program starts with a brief walk to our dock and includes at least one hour on the water. This is a perfect...

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Visit a patient room and cure porch in an historic private home. Meet on the porch of 103 Helen Street in Saranac Lake at 10:30AM. $5/person, children and members of Historic Saranac...

Recent Blog Posts...

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
We have hit our summer stride! August is a golden month here in Saranac Lake. The days are warm, the air is fresh, and the evenings have enough hours to pack them full of outdoor fun. Hit the...
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Camping is far more than an inexpensive way to stay somewhere. Camping is about living — for a while — in nature. Whether we love the outdoors, want to learn to love the outdoors, or just...
Monday, July 24th, 2017
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Tyler Merriam Bouldering is a style of rock climbing that is performed relatively close to the ground with no ropes, harness, or hardware. Bouldering usually takes...
Friday, July 21st, 2017
My mother used to order me ad nauseam to go outside and play.  “It's good for you,” she’d say.  Turns out, she was right, in more ways than she knew. While her hope was for me to ...
Fly to Saranac Lake via Cape Air The Adirondack Regional Airport, your "Gateway to the Adirondacks," provides quick and convenient access to and from Logan International in Boston, MA. Daily flights are provided...
Join In Our Cool Adirondack Traditions Our scenic location, rugged beauty, and abundant wilderness led the small village of Saranac Lake into the cool ways of life we still observe today.