Get out and explore on snowshoes

First-time snowshoers should consider getting their winter legs by exploring a well-established, well-maintained trail network. Think of it as a safe introduction to the sport minus the surprises — things like fallen trees — found in the backcountry. Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, just a 1-minute drive from downtown Saranac Lake, is a perfect place to get started. The paths there are well marked and they all lead back to the cozy base lodge. Dewey is also a great place to learn cross-country skiing.

For longer trails and more variety, the Paul Smith’s VIC, located about 15 minutes from downtown, can’t be beat. The property has 40 kilometers of trails and 15 kilometers of groomed trails that snake past expansive wetlands and beautiful, open hardwood forests.

Looking to get out into the forest and really experience nature on snowshoes? A guided winter forest bathing trip with Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing is a great opportunity to connect with the natural world and strengthen your bond with the outdoors. Winter forest bathing immerses you in the sights, sounds, scents, and textures of the snowy forest while practicing mindfulness and wellness.


Join us for the Adirondack Snowshoe Fest!

Leave No Trace and Love Your ADK Pledge

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.


(518) 651-6560
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Picture it now: You are in the forest on a crisp winter day. The snow is falling lightly and all you can hear are the soft sounds of your snowshoes and the chirping of the chickadees as you meander through the woods, invited by your guide to...

(518) 327-6241
NY Route 30
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

The lowdown Trails are open dawn to dusk 15K of groomed trails for snowshoeing, skate and classic skiing 40K of maintained trails for classic skiers and snowshoers A full range of trail difficulties and lengths Indoor space to get you geared up for...

Saranac Lake, NY 12983

This hike can be extended with spur trails for more pond exploration. Despite the name, motor vehicles are not allowed on the trail by the general public. However, the designation does allow for mountain and fat biking, skiing, hiking, snowshoeing...

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...

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...

Coreys Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Seymour Mountain is the stand alone peak of the Seward Range and located on the opposite side of Ouluska Pass and separated from Seward, Donaldson and Emmons by a very deep valley.

Route 86
Ray Brook, NY 12977

McKenzie Mountain is a 3,822-foot mountain with two distinct peaks that are visible from many places around Saranac Lake. The path begins with a long, pleasant hike through the forest before the serious climbing begins, but when it does it is relentless.

Always an incredible moment to share with someone close.
Floodwood Road
Paul Smiths, NY 12970

Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for the entire family. The terrain is moderate with only a short amount of steep sections.

Floodwood Mountain is a fine choice for fall color.
Coreys Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

The Seward Range is one of the most remote in the Adirondack High Peaks and it consists of Seward, Donaldson, Emmons, and Seymour mountains. Seymour is separated from the other three by Ouluska Pass. This hike describes climbing Seward, Donaldson, and...

Seward Range
(518) 891-2697
277 Route 3
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

The lowdown All lower ski trails are groomed Most lower trails are lit for night use Snowshoes must be worn at all times Dogs are permitted on snowshoe trails A warming lodge with cocoa, coffee, and restrooms is open during winter Bring a lunch and a...

Corey's Road
Tupper Lake, NY 12986

Raquette Falls is much more popular as a ski trail, but it does get a bit of use during non-snow months. From the trailhead you will enter the woods on a wide trail which continues all the way through to the DEC outpost. The trail flows over...