Spring is in the refreshing air

As the snows of winter fade and spring enters Saranac Lake, it becomes time to embrace quiet rejuvenation and a peaceful environment. The days are getting warmer and the sun is shining a little more each day. A mellow low-elevation stroll might reveal blooming flora and birds returning to a reawakening habitat. There is peace in every nature walk. In town, spas provide a relaxing and rejuvenate oasis. Troubles and worries melt away in Saranac Lake each spring. Sure, winter, summer, and fall shine in Saranac Lake, but spring brings sweet new life into region.

A close up of a pink and white flower.
A man and woman sit on a mountain summit in the warm colors of a spring sunset.
Small, purple flowers in the bright green grass.
An aerial view of a green forest with a pink sunrise and a lake.

Sweet, sweet spring goodness

When the nights are cool and the days are a little warmer, it can only mean one thing: maple syrup season has arrived. This may be the best time of the year! From liquid gold to flowers, there is a lot to make us smile in spring. As the forests reawaken, many wildflowers spring up on the forest floor. While these beauties are fun to look at, it's important to only look (or take photos). We want to ensure the flowers are there for the next person to admire!

The woods aren't the only place flowers bloom: around town, thousands of daffodils welcome the new season! In fact, Saranac Lake was once home to Daffest, a celebration of all things spring in the mountains. But daffodils aren't the only flowers around. Trilliums, pink lady slippers, all varieties of blooms in manicured gardens, and forget-me-nots add colorful highlights to peaceful walks around town or through the forests. You might see fresh flowers along the Riverwalk or while completing the Bug Crawl, or find wild flowers along the trail system at The Pines. Saranac Lake's parks are great places to relax and enjoy the spring nature!

A man in a wheelchair on a pathway in downtown Saranac with flowers alongside near the river.

Another reason we enjoy spring is the return of migrating or hibernating wildlife. Once the ice melts off lakes and ponds, Common Loons make their way back to Saranac Lake, along with other species of birds. Visitors and locals alike can learn about these iconic birds at the informative and fun Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation. Creatures who have been sleeping the winter away begin to wake up as well. And, just like that, the woods and waters are alive again!

A woman uses binoculars to spot birds near a pond.

Seasons happen

"Weather" we like it or not, spring can present some challenging forecasts. Snow can last longer in the high mountains, and with melt, some dangerous conditions can form with ice and mud. This is fine because we just have a good excuse then to stick to fun low-elevation activities! Road cycling is excellent in spring. So is birding. And yes, there are still options for hikes that are appropriate for spring adventures. The overall theme of outdoor recreation in spring is peaceful and quiet time spent outside. What could be more relaxing than that?

A man with a lifevest paddles a yellow canoe in the early morning light.


Saranac Lake is surrounded by lakes and ponds, and most of them are a short drive from town. Some are even downtown! Canoes and kayaks can be launched right in town on Lake Flower or on the Saranac River. In spring, even when the air temperature is warm, waters can remain cool, due to snowmelt and other factors. Paddling might be a refreshing change of pace from skiing and snowshoeing, but it's important to prepare for cold water conditions to keep your paddling trip is safe. 

Love your ADK

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. 

You can pledge to Love Your ADK or find more information at www.LoveYourADK.org.