Birding Hikes

Birding Hikes in the Adirondacks

Find paths and trails perfect for bird watching

Birding Hikes

Birders who visit the Adirondacks will find a variety of mountain hikes in Hamilton County presenting birders with a chance to find Bicknell's Thrush in the spruce-fir forests at the summit. Birders can hike mountains like Wakely Mountain and Blue Mountain and watch as the bird community changes from the variety of warblers and other songbirds at the base to the community at the summit. This community not only includes Bicknell's Thrush, but also Swainson's Thrush, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blackpoll Warbler, Boreal Chickadee, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher.

View our birding hikes below and find one just right for you. Read more information about birding in the Adirondacks and find paddles for bird watching as well.

 

Oak Mountain, New York's friendliest mountain for skiing and snowboarding is just around the corner! At Oak Mountain, we have...
141 Novosel Way
Speculator
12164
This moderately difficult trail follows a ridge overlooking the beautiful Fourth Lake. Please note that this route is not as well-...
Inlet
13360
Fern Park is a free, four-season, town of Inlet recreation park located on Loomis Road, just off of South Shore Road. In summer,...
Loomis Road
Inlet
13360
This trail does not have a trail sign at the beginning off the Moose River Pains Road; you will need to look closely for a trail...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
The Pathway is a 1-1/2 mile long boardwalk & path, which provides a unique opportunity by making wetlands, transitional forest...
Rte 30
Speculator
12164
The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Pillsbury Mountain is one of those peaks that is in the middle of nowhere, at least so it seems when you are driving there. A maze...
Lake Pleasant
12108
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake, follow Route 28/30 for just under 4 miles to...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure it offers good views from its partially open summit...
Raquette Lake
13436
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through...
Long Lake
12847
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Upper Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. From the trailhead you will remain on a very flat...
Long Lake
12847
The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the...
Wells
12190
At the trailhead you need to walk along the road another couple hundred feet to access the trail on the right. The trail...
Piseco
12139
This hike is only accessible by boat from Big Moose Lake.  How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in...
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3.6...
Speculator
12164
This hike is along an old forest road, now closed to vehicular traffic. The old road weaves in and out and crosses Robbs Creek...
Wells
12190
Located off of Uncas Road, this is a short but perfect hike to a safe, floating walkway and observation post. There is only parking...
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just...
Speculator
12164
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake Region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack Ponds, one of which...
Raquette Lake
13436
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28N and Route 30 in Long Lake follow Route 30 toward Tupper Lake. Continue through...
Long Lake
12847
Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of a potential loop, except the eastern portion of the loop that goes over the...
Indian Lake
12842
In the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, Cathedral Pines is a short .1 mile hike that loops through a stand of magnificent of old...
State Route 28
Inlet
13360
This ski starts along a woods road which is heavily traveled by locals and accesses hunting camps located on International Paper...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 toward Speculator. Continue for just...
Indian Lake
12842
Access to these ponds can be made quickly from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the...
Inlet
13360
Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach...
Wells
12190
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 30 for a mile to Big Brook Road on the...
Indian Lake
12842
This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly...
Raquette Lake
13436
Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets...
Inlet
13360
Trout Brook is not named as such on any map, but a historical marker refers to it as such as you cross over it on North Point Road...
Long Lake
12847
This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly...
Speculator
12164
OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Indian Lake....
Indian Lake
12842
From the trailhead you will start skiing on a soft trail that gets much less use than other trails in the Indian Lake area, but...
Indian Lake
12842
West Mountain is a former fire tower peak, but even without the steel structure offers good views from its partially open summit....
Raquette Lake
13436
This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15...
Arietta
‎12139
This rather prominent peak in the Long Lake area is made up of four separate summits, two of which are referred to as the horns....
Long Lake
12847
This short hike, a seldom used trail along Twitchell Creek, brings you to a very attractive backcountry pond. Once on the trail you...
Inlet
13360
Snowy Mountain, at just under 4,000 feet in elevation, is one of the tallest peaks in the Indian Lake Region. Snowy is also one of...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there The only access is by boat. Access Tioga Point Campground via Raquette Lake and locate the trail within the...
Raquette Lake
13436
The Rock River Trail is a 3-mile trail through a pristine forest that ends at a very scenic area on Rock River. Rolling hills and...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Limekiln Road in Inlet follow Limekiln Road to the Moose River Plains Road....
You will notice this gets very little winter use from snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman out on the...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination...
Long Lake
12847
This trail gets pretty good use in the winter and has become a very popular snowshoe destination. From the trailhead you will...
Indian Lake
12842
How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in Indian Lake follow Route 28 toward North Hudson for around 1.4...
Indian Lake
12842
From the trailhead you will continue hiking along an old woods road and cross a bridge over a muddy pond area. The trail climbs...
Inlet
13360
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But as a ski the loop is not a perfect destination...
Long Lake
12847
Most of the trail is rocky but you wouldn't know it in winter unless conditions are less than favorable. All the rocks and...
Long Lake
12847
This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing...
Inlet
13360
Chub Pond is a very small back-county wilderness pond with outstanding wildlife and birding potential. It is located along the...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
The summit cliffs of Mount Frederica overlook lovely Lake Lila in the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area in Hamilton County. There...
Long Lake
12847
From the parking area; cross the road to access the trail. The trail is very wide and flat as it sweeps around the eastern side of...
Long Lake
12847
From the King's Flow parking area, follow the dirt road a bit further on foot and locate the trail on the right. Please respect the...
Indian Lake
12842
This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road for 1.5 miles (one way) to a small 4 ft cascade on a medium size stream...
Benson
12134
This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the...
Inlet
13360
This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a faint herd path to follow once you leave the access...
Inlet
13360
This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5...
Speculator
12164
From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the King Flow East Trail – this is not marked. You will now ski along a...
Indian Lake
12842
Lake Eaton is one of the most attractive lakes in the region. A state campground is located on the northeast shore. The campground...
Long Lake
12847
This interesting loop around Sagamore Lake starts and ends at the Great Camp Sagamore. Many of the trails around the great camp are...
Raquette Lake
13436
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
In a counterclockwise direction: From the parking area take a right back along Sagamore Road, you will have to walk this first 0.2...
Raquette Lake
13436
From the trailhead you will start climbing almost immediately but never on too steep a grade and come to the firetower after only 0...
Piseco
12139
From Kings Flow parking; head out to the right and locate the King Flow East Trail – this is not marked. You will now ski along a...
Indian Lake
12842
There are a series of three waterfalls along Groff Creek, all of which take some effort to see. The first two are more difficult to...
Hope
12134
Catlin Bay is a simple 1.1 mile hike along the Northville/Placid Trail at a scenic location along the Northeast Shore of Long Lake...
Long Lake
12847
You will notice this gets very little winter use from skiers and snowshoers, however, it's not too farfetched to see ice fisherman...
Indian Lake
12842
From the end of Indian River Road at the trailhead parking you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic....
Inlet
13360
How to get there Locate the Lake Eaton Campground at the north side of the Hamlet of Long Lake along Route 30. This is a day-use...
Long Lake
12847
Cellar Pond is an interesting back-country gem that gets very little attention from hikers. The trail once used heavily has become...
Moose River Plains Road
Inlet
13360
Puffer Pond is located about smack dab in the center of this loop. Aside from a bit of elevation change on one end, the distance...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is obscure and not marked, but can be followed without too much trouble. GPS, map and compass, and navigation experience...
Raquette Lake
13436
This old road used to be Highway 10 between Long Lake and Tupper Lake; it has now been turned into a wonderful trail that leads to...
Long Lake
12847
This trail is used more as a XC ski trail but also makes for an easy to moderate snowshoe destination. From the trail register...
Piseco
12139
Rocky Mountain is possibly the most popular hike in the Inlet area. The trail is short and steep, but it's a fun snowshoe and a...
This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a faint herd path to follow once you leave the access...
Inlet
13360
This is a day-use area so a small fee is required unless you are staying there. This is a very long approach to the mountain but if...
Long Lake
12847
The Spillway Trail runs between Long Lake and Park Pond and is an excellent place for a very short family walk, a picnic, or to...
Long Lake
12847
This final destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is...
Inlet
13360
This trail is part of a much longer loop with Lower Sargent Pond and Grass Pond. But to snowshoe the entire loop, is not all that...
Long Lake
12847
This trail is used much less seldom than the Green Lake Road trailhead, but still a worthy avenue to take. In winter it gets much...
Piseco
12139
The Humphrey Mountain Trail has been around for decades, but is considered more of a path than a true trail. The trail is marked...
Speculator
12164
This is a unique loop trail that utilizes foot trails, multi-use trails, and a forest road. At the trailhead, follow the forest...
Inlet
13360
How to get there From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30 toward Wells....
Wells
12190
Overview This is a popular destination in the summer, but in the winter it gets much less use due to closed access roads. In the...
Long Lake
12847
The trail on the right is flagged at the beginning with yellow and red tape. Keep a lookout for this junction as it is easily...
Inlet
13360
Winter Overview: This area is not recommended for winter access, other than by snowmobile, as the Moose River Plains is a...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
Inlet
13360
With many good parking spots around the Red River bridge, this trail along the Red River offers miles of access to all types of...
Inlet
13360
These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly from Old...
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
Explore this turn-of-the-century transportation route by foot or by mountain bike. This loop includes flat dirt roads that are...
Eighth Lake Campground
Inlet
13360
These two ponds are located on a foot trail that's off the right side of Rondaxe Road across from the trail to Bald Mountain....
Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
This is a New York state DEC campground where there is access to both Seventh and Eighth lakes and nice hiking and nature trails...
Route 28
Inlet
13360
This is a 7.6-mile hike along the Otter Brook Basin on an old Jeep road. The mountain to the right is Kitty Cobble. The view across...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Parking is at a small gravel pull off parking area along Route 28 about 2.4 miles southwest of Raquette Lake. The right path leads...
Inlet
13360
Enter through the Brown Tract Pond campground. Since there is direct access to the pond, this is a great place to wet a line, swim...
Inlet
13360
A 1.5 mile route easy terrain. The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and...
Piseco
12139
This Adirondack trail is steep in places. The trailhead begins off short blacktop road at state camp just North of Lewey Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail is a nice, tight single track on fairly level terrain that goes past a couple of lean-tos. The trail runs right along...
Seventh Lake Road
Inlet
13360
A 6.5 mile round trip hike in the Adirondacks. This pleasant woods trail traverses some blowdown en-route to the popular sand beach...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
(1.8 miles RT, moderate) This hike follows an old jeep road to the summit where views can be attained from the restored fire tower...
Arietta
‎12139
Also known as Hope Falls. Along a sharp bend of Tenant Creek there are three falls. First is dramatic 40-50 foot high cascades,...
You'll cross Rock Pond outlet on a 200-foot boardwalk and follow a historic road as you do the 8.4 mile round-trip walk to these...
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
This hike is not accessible to the public, due to a conflict between the DEC and the owners of the land. There is currently a bill...
Benson
12134
8.3 mile hike, moderately easy, two cars needed. This route follows an old road and trail once used by early settlers who farmed...
Hope
12134
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Wells
12190
This historic hike into Cedar Lakes, is known as the "French Louie Trail, honoring the famous "French Louie", guide and trapper. He...
Arietta
‎12139
5.8 mile trail, easy. First, there is a level walk on a marked trail to a secluded sandy beach on Good Luck Lake, and then you can...
Arietta
‎12139
13.5 mile Adirondack trail system, easy. Burn Road, formerly used for logging, is the main access trail to viewpoints and campsites...
Long Lake
12847
This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls...
Arietta
‎12139
This is a 2.5 mile hike one way over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water...
Wells
12190
12 miles RT paddle from Blue Mtn. Lake, moderate, and a 1 mile RT walk, easy. After paddling across Blue Mtn. Lake, under W. W....
Blue Mountain Lake
12812
A 1.8 mile easy Adirondack hike. An old road leads to this popular lake that has beautiful blue-green water and a picturesque...
Arietta
‎12139
The trail to the Blue Ledges ends up at a beautiful spot on the Hudson River on the bank opposite the tall cliffs called the Blue...
Indian Lake
12842
The old railroad track starts across the road from the Browns Tract beach access on Uncas Road. There are two options from this...
Uncas Road
Inlet
13360
This is a great "bushwhack" hike, as there is no formal DEC trail. Little Cathead rises over Woods Lake with cliffs on the...
Benson
12134
Easy 3 mile hike. This is a mostly level walk on an old woods road, marked as a snowmobile trail, to a clearing where you leave the...
Arietta
‎12139
This hike requires a canoe paddle to the trail head. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp, and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way)...
Indian Lake
12842
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
Lake Pleasant
12108
Here is a treat for those who don't have the time or the ability to walk great distances to observe an old growth forest. A portion...
Arietta
‎12139
This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area ending at a lean to, the perfect place to rest on the shore of...
Indian Lake
12842
Access to Red River is located 5 miles into the Moose River Plains Wild Forest, off of Limekiln Road. This slow moving, "perfect...
Inlet
13360
Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. The falls are on private...
Indian Lake
12842
This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is...
Speculator
12164
This is a great hike to a very interesting and unusual geological chimney formation surrounded with a maze of caves and crevices...
Indian Lake
12842
A 1.5 mile loop, easy. This interesting nature trail system explores an Adirondack wetland habitat. There is a viewing platform,...
Arietta
‎12139
8.0 mile hike one way, easy Adirondack hike. This trail follows an old lumber company road, which continues all the way to...
Indian Lake
12842
This trail starts on North Rondaxe Road as a beginner trail, then turns to intermediate past Safford Pond. The trip connects Big...
North Rondaxe Road
Inlet
13360
This hike requires a canoe paddle to reach the trail head in Norman's Cove, the shortest (1.0 mile) from the Clarks Indian Lake...
Indian Lake
12842
South Shore Road
Inlet
13360

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