Adirondack Hiking & Backpacking

Hiking the Adirondacks

Trails with year-round access abound

Boots on the ground, hearts in the mountains

There are endless hiking options available for finding adventure and solitude in the Adirondacks, where a lot of the land is publicly owned and available for recreation. It's a place where hiking trails crisscross the landscape and outdoor opportunities for any age and skill level abound. That means there's also variety — trips ranging in length from under an hour to several days can all be found here. We have short walks in the woods (many to waterfalls) as well as more challenging terrain (like some of the fire tower hikes) for those who are ready to tackle the bigger mountains and trips. Unsure where to go? Let a licensed New York state guide show you the way! Looking for a little more adventure? Try checking out either the Fulton Chain Trifecta or ADK 6 Pack hiking challenges. Earn a unique souvenir or add to your hiking patch collection!

For trip ideas, see which hikes the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation recommends: Hikes outside of the High Peaks (ou en Francais).

Leave No Trace and 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. Before heading out, be sure to review the Leave No Trace principles and make sure you are prepared with hiking essentials!

Preparation is important in any season, but specially so in colder months. In winter, it is especially important to come prepared and practice ways to Love Your ADK; the best way to avoid emergencies is to properly plan and prepare for your trip.


The Moose River Plains Wild Forest is part of...
Moose River Plains Wild Forest
A developing mountain biking trail network...
Rondaxe Road
First, there is a level walk on a marked...
New York State Route 10
John Pond is a worthy destination in the...
Indian Lake
The Nature Trail at the Hamilton County...
Lake Pleasant
Just a quick hike to Auger Falls along the...
Route 8/30
In 1933, a fire tower on Buck Mountain was...
South Sabattis Road, County Route 10
Long Lake
Cascade and Stephens ponds are two beautiful...
Blue Mountain Lake
This is a very popular hike located near...
This is a very short trail to a small...
This interesting hike in the Raquette Lake...
Raquette Lake
The trail to Sis and Bubb lakes is very...
This is a unique loop trail that utilizes...
This hike is along an old forest road, now...
This trail is only accessible by boat via the...
Raquette Lake
This pond isn't frequently visited, offering...
Blue Mountain Lake

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