Adirondack Traveler Information

Welcome to Saranac Lake!

We look forward to welcoming you to the Saranac Lake area and are committed to ensuring that every experience is the best and safest it can be. The safety of our residents, visitors, and our environment is always our top priority. Each person who visits the Adirondacks leaves an impact. Please review these resources to ensure you're ready to visit responsibly.

Downtown Construction

Travelers to Saranac Lake should note ongoing construction along Main Street, resulting in a closure from Berkley Green to the River Street intersection. To navigate this, detours have been established through Church Street. Despite this temporary closure, downtown businesses, sidewalks, and parking lots remain accessible and open for visitors to enjoy.

An illustrated map of downtown Saranac Lake, New York.

Recreate Responsibly

It is important to remember to show love and care for this amazing natural wonderland. Going on an all-day adventure? Remember to pack the right gear. Going somewhere new? Prepare by doing plenty of research before you go, and familiarize yourself with the map and weather. This is the perfect time to learn about Leave No Trace and take the Love Your ADK pledge. You can help preserve our wild spaces for generations.

Burn ban 

The annual burn ban is in effect from March 16 through May 14 in New York state. Since 2009, the DEC has enforced the annual brush burning ban to help prevent damage during heightened conditions for wildfires. The current regulations allow residential brush fires in towns with fewer than 20,000 residents during most of the year, but prohibit such burning in spring when most wildfires occur. 

What is allowed: 

  • Backyard fire pits 

  • Campfires 

  • Small cooking fires

  •  Learn more about specific exceptions and prohibitions during this time. 

Spring conditions advisory for trails 

The DEC encourages hikers to postpone high elevation activities due to unstable spring conditions. With an unusual winter, conditions usually encountered in late-March to mid-April are present currently on trails. This includes thinner snowpack on trails, deteriorating and variable depth snow alongside and off-trail, poor quality ice, slippery trails, and high-water crossings. As snow and ice continue to melt at high elevations, steep trails can pose a serious danger to hikers. For more up-to-date information on trail conditions, visit the DEC website.

Trail closure - The NYSDEC has announced that the Scarface Trail is closed due to unsafe public use of the bridge. The bridge and the Scarface Mountain Trail will remain closed out of an abundance of caution until the structure is replaced, which is expected sometime next year (2024). Planning is underway to replace the bridge. Users should not attempt to use the bridge or cross the brook on foot.

An important notice regarding Baker Mountain - If you are planning to hike Baker Mountain, please plan ahead as parking at the trailhead is extremely limited. It is recommended that you park downtown and walk or bike the short-mile distance to the trailhead. 

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Make a plan before you go

To ensure you have the most up-to-date information, it is important to check directly with the specific restaurant, lodging property, attraction, etc., that you want to visit. Please note that many of our area attractions are requiring advanced ticket purchasing and reservations.

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