Outdoor Recreation in Saranac Lake
From hiking to snowshoeing, paddling to fat tire biking — get outside in Saranac Lake!

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 Cool 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 Don't miss the Wild Walk at the Wild Center this summer!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Don't miss this great opportunity to try before you buy from the best names in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles. Our trained staff will help you choose the boat or board that's right for...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

The 10.5 mile flatwater races start at 11am at Ampersand Bay Resort on Lower Saranac Lake. Paddlers go southwest to Bluff Island, where they turn south into the Saranac River. Competitors then...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Beginning in March, semi-monthly Game Nights will be held at Saranac Village at Will Rogers (March 11 & 25, April 8 & 22 and May 13 & 27). This redesigned Game Night was organized with...

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

Don't miss this great opportunity to try before you buy from the best names in canoes, kayaks, SUPs, and paddles. Our trained staff will help you choose the boat or board that's right for...

Recent Blog Posts...

Monday, May 22nd, 2017
A changing landscape Spring is an amazing time of transition in the Saranac Lake Region of the Adirondacks. For the past few weeks Wren and I have been exploring it on our daily – and...
Monday, May 15th, 2017
Submitted by Guest Blogger: Tyler Merriam June is the sixth month of the year — hopefully by then you’ve uncovered your kayaks and pulled the canoe out of the garage. Paddling season has...
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
The Fast Pace of Spring I know that it shouldn’t, but May always seems to sneak up on me. Or at least it feels that way. The pace of spring accelerates day after day as I reach one of my busiest...
Tuesday, May 9th, 2017
One of the fun things about spring hiking is getting first crack at the wildflowers. Some of them bloom quite early. We also need to stay below the 3,000-foot limit which keeps fragile trails and...
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.