Take a walk

They say the best way to know a place is to walk it. So don’t just stand there! Put on some comfortable shoes and grab some trail mix — the Saranac Lake area is ready to charm you with its effortless beauty. All at the comfort of your own pace, of course. 

In Saranac Lake you are encouraged to breathe in the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in nature. Whether it's sitting in one of the many village parks, lunching on the summit of a Saranac Lake 6er, or strolling along an interpretive trail — there are adventures to be had!

 

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.
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...

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.
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
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...

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
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.

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...