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Many don't know there is a long tradition of education in the Adirondacks. Early on, individuals learned all there was about the outdoors from Adirondack guides, who made their living exploring the vast Adirondack wilderness.

Today, you'll find different sorts of guides in the Saranac Lake area who offer components for you to create your own learning vacation. Take an art workshop, a class on canning locally-grown produce, or learn your way around the Adirondack Mountains and rivers with a guide. Learn how to weave a pack basket and engage with activities for the whole family! Experiential vacations yield both memories and a skill — there are opportunities for a learning trip for everyone who visits Saranac Lake.
 

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Upper Saranac Lake
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

In everything Eagle Island does, we believe in inspiring and empowering young people to be confident, collaborative, and courageous. Registration is now open for Summer 2021! Discover an opportunity like no other at Eagle Island. Built as one of the...

Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one of the fathers of modern forestry and the first chief of the US Forest Service. Look for brochures in the register box for information which...

John Munn Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

A fun little hike along the railroad tracks that separate Lake Colby from Little Colby Pond.

White Pine Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

The Red Dot Trail is an excellent trail with easy to moderate terrain. From the trailhead you will essentially follow a trail with red dots on the trees.

These paths can be hiked or used for trail running.
3 Main St 156 Church St
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

The lovely Riverwalk encourages a stroll through town along a brick-paved path beside the Saranac River. Enjoy the lively river and its many bridges, and easily access our historic downtown.

Three girls walk along the stone path of the Saranac Lake Riverwalk on a beautiful summer day.
Route 86
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

An abandoned railroad right-of-way provides easy access to a scenic bog - full of birds, conifers and unique plants - with distant views of surrounding mountains. Pine forests surround the northern portion of the route. Intersections with roads...

Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Church Pond is a picturesque, roadside body of water that is equally fun to canoeing or just stop for a photo. Either way, you can't go wrong. Church Pond is on Paul Smith's Conservation Easement lands, and is open for public recreation.

church pond sign
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Pull up with your boat or hike the short trail to this beach. Either way, you'll be met with the soft sands and beautiful scenery that surrounds Middle Saranac Lake.

sunset-over-the-lake
611 McKenzie Pond Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Trail Fine scenery awaits at the end of this 2 mile trail to McKenzie Pond, on the west side of the 36,200 acre McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Area. White Pine Island is an arresting focal point, so named for the giant white pine. This trail is mostly...

McKenzie Pond Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Trail Well marked trails with minimal elevation wind through some spectacular glacial errata. There are boulders the size of bungalows here! A favorite of rock climbers who wish to test their bouldering skills, photographers who are looking for...

Pine Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

The Pines are an interesting network of trails over a relatively small area. It is a lovely area for the entire family to use and an excellent dog walking destination.