More to explore

Take a mellow walk on the wild side in Saranac Lake on one of our many nature trails! From the popular multi-use Bloomingdale Bog trail to the quiet Pines, there are plenty of places you can take a walk in nature that is less intense than hiking a mountain (or camping, which is in-tents). Just want a take a quick stroll with your Adirondog? Perfect, we have a trail for that. Looking for a nature walk where you can introduce your kids to the outdoors? Great! Just don't forget to pack snacks, because, even though you don't have to, you might want to spend all day exploring these wonderful trails.

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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.

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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...

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...

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
John Munn Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

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

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...

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...

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

The lovely Riverwalk (1 miles round trip) 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 with access from the Dorsey Street...

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

Trail The Pines are an interesting network of trails over a relatively small area. While the many intersections can be somewhat confusing it is a lovely area for the entire family to use and an excellent dog walking destination. Trailhead: From the...

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.