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. 

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Monday, October 16th, 2017
Submitted by guest blogger: Jeremy Evans On a recent Saturday, my family and I awoke to perfect hiking weather - cool and clear with low humidity. My wife and I chose Azure Mountain because we...
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
My friend Peggy and I had planned a camping trip to Lake Harris but due to a bout of uncooperative weather, we cancelled and Peggy came to visit me for a few days. We figured...
Monday, October 9th, 2017
Get ready, get set, get lost! Leaving downtown Saranac Lake heading west on Route 86, it’s straight and scenic driving for 8 miles. The only tough part is keeping your eyes on the road...
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
One of the premiere pleasures of our Adirondack fall foliage season is taking to our roads for maximum viewing angles. The varied geography here changes from lush forest to scenic meadows, with...
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...
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