Scenic Hikes

Adirondack Pond, Lake & Woods Hikes

Find the right path in the Adirondacks

Woods, ponds and lake hiking 

Some of the best hiking in the Adirondacks can be found along our scenic paths. You will find these trails lead their way around pristine ponds, crystal lakes and abundant wilderness to be explored. Many of these hikes and trails are family friendly, perfect for kids as they traditionally provide a wider path with less steep areas and need for scrambling. Browse our Adirondack hike and path listings below to discover your adventure while visiting the Adirondacks!

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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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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...
Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach...
How to get there The only access is by boat. Access Tioga Point Campground via Raquette Lake and locate the trail within the...
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
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
This is a very short trail to two small backcountry ponds. These shorelines are quite attractive even in winter. Wildlife viewing...
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...
Black Bear Mountain is the big brother, so to speak, of Rocky Mountain. Located so close to the village of Inlet, this peak gets...
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
Cascade and Stephens ponds are two beautiful gems in the Blue Ridge Wilderness. In any season, you'll find peaceful forests and...
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
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake region offers outstanding views out over three wonderful Adirondack ponds. This is an...
This is a very short trail to a very small backcountry pond with a grassy shoreline. This shoreline is quite attractive and the...
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
From the end of Indian River Road, at the trailhead parking, you will pass through boulders blocking the way from vehicular traffic...
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
Access to these ponds can be made from Route 28 just outside of Eagle Bay. Several campsites along the shore offer the perfect...
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
John Pond is a worthy destination in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness. This relatively flat trail through an Adirondack wilderness area...
Hiking These trails are mostly easy and flat with some small rolling hills and a few steep climbs. There is easy access directly...
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County Building Complex in Lake Pleasant is a well maintained trail system. The shaded trail...
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
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...
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
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...
This hike requires a canoe paddle to the trailhead. Put in at the Indian Lake Islands boat ramp and canoe the 3.3 mile (one way) to...
This hike requires a canoe paddle to reach the trailhead in Norman's Cove, a short 1.0 mile from the Clarks Indian Lake Marina off...
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 falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is...
A 1.5 mile route easy terrain. The trail to this popular destination is well worn and occasionally steep. An open grassy area and...

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