Adirondack Trail Information
Looking for a great seasonal hike in the Adirondacks? How about an easy, family-friendly hike? The Adirondack Regional Tourism Council website lists hundreds of hikes, complete with trail descriptions and directions. Prefer a quiet canoe ride or exhilarating kayaking adventure? Their website also includes a guide to Adirondack Waterways.
State Hiking Trails
Hiking trails are maintained on many areas of Forest Preserve land in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks as well as on State Forests, Wildlife Management Areas and Unique Areas. Most trails are marked with color coded disks affixed to trees. Trail guides and maps correspond to these markers. Trail register boxes are generally located near major access points and parking areas. Although most state-maintained trails are marked, hikers are encouraged to consult topographical maps or other guides when planning to venture into the backcountry.
Watch a clip about hiking in the Adirondacks on DEC TV.
Former Finch Pruyn Lands: Last year Governor Cuomo and DEC Commissioner Martens announced the commitment by New York State to acquire 69,000 acres of the former Finch Pruyn lands in the Adirondacks in phases over the next five years. See Governor Cuomo's press release on the planned acquisition.
Governor Cuomo recently announced the closing on five tracts of land totaling 9,300 acres. Some of these tracts lie just outside the Adirondack Park. State will actually acquire the tracts over several weeks and the transactions should be completed by mid-May.
When combined with the previously purchased 18,318-acre Essex Chain of Lakes Tracts, the State will own 27,618 acres of new forest preserve and state forest lands. The remaining 41,382 acres will be purchased in phases over the next three years.
More information on the acquisition of the former Finch Pruyn Lands, including announcements regarding public access opportunities, can be found on the Acquisition of Former Finch Pruyn Lands web page.
Trails Supporter Patch
The new Trails Supporter Patch is now available for $5 at all outlets where sporting licenses are sold, on-line and via telephone at 1-866-933-2257. Patch proceeds will help maintain and enhance non-motorized trails throughout New York State. Use the link in the right column for more information.
Trail Notices and Information
These pages provide trail closures and other notices for the portion of the Adirondacks in NYSDEC Region 5, which are divided into areas corresponding with the DEC Forest Ranger zones. These will not necessarily match the regions of the Adirondacks found in guidebooks or other sources.
Select the area of the Adirondacks in which you are interested from the map below then select the corresponding link in the left column. The descriptions of the areas below and the Adirondack Forest Preserve Management Units Map will assist you in identifying the area in which you are interested.
The information provided is fairly general in nature, and while it is updated regularly, it may not reflect current specific conditions. The local Forest Ranger is the source for more current and specific information. Use the link to the right to obtain the name and phone number of the local Forest Ranger or call the DEC Region 5 office at 518-897-1200.
BE AWARE: Back country hiking trails can be rugged and rough - they are not maintained as park walkways - wear proper footwear!
REMEMBER: Weather and trail conditions can change rapidly, especially during fall, winter and spring. Plan and prepare accordingly.
ALWAYS: Inform someone of your itinerary and when you expect to return.
Use map to determine area of interest and check below for the Forest Preserve units found in each area.
1 - Northern Adirondacks includes most of the Adirondack State Forest Preserve and easement lands in Franklin County and a small portion of northwestern Hamilton County, including the following units: DeBar Mountain Wild Forest, Deer River Primitive Area, Madawaska Flow/Quebec Brook Primitive Area, Paul Smiths College Conservation Easement Lands, Round Lake Wilderness, Santa Clara Conservation Easement Lands , Saranac Lakes Wild Forest, St. Regis Canoe Area, the William C. Whitney Wilderness/Lake Lila and the northern portion of the Adirondack Canoe Route.
2 - Northeastern Adirondacks includes the Adirondack Forest Preserve and easement lands in Clinton County, northern Essex County and a small portion of eastern Franklin County, including the following units: Chazy Highlands Wild Forest, Jay Mountain Wilderness, Lake Champlain Islands, Sable Highlands Conservation Easement Lands, Split Rock Wild Forest, and Taylor Pond Wild Forest.
3 - High Peaks includes the Adirondack Forest Preserve lands and easement in northwestern and central Essex County, and some Forest Preserve lands in southeastern Franklin County and northwestern Hamilton County, including the following units: High Peaks Wilderness, Dix Mountain Wilderness, Giant Mountain Wilderness, Hurricane Mountain Wilderness, McKenzie Mountain Wilderness, Sentinel Range Wilderness and Wilmington Wild Forest
4 - Central and Southern Adirondacks includes the Adirondack Forest Preserve and easement lands in most of Hamilton County and Fulton County, and a some Forest Preserve lands in western Essex County including the following units: Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Blue Ridge Wilderness, Ferris Lake Wild Forest, Jessup River Wild Forest, Moose River Plains Complex, Perkins Clearing/Speculator Tree Farm Conservation Easement, Pigeon Lake Wilderness, Sargent Ponds Wild Forest, Shaker Mountain Wild Forest, Silver Lake Wilderness, West Canada Lakes Wildernessand the central portion of the Adirondack Canoe Route.
5 - Eastern Adirondacks includes the Adirondack Forest Preserve and easement lands in southern Essex County, Warren County, eastern Hamilton County and Saratoga County, including the following units: Hammond Pond Wild Forest, Hoffman Notch Wilderness, Hudson Gorge Primitive Area, Lake George Wild Forest (portion in Warren County), Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, Santanoni Historic Preserve, Siamese Ponds Wilderness, Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest and Wilcox Lake Wild Forest.
6 - Southeastern Adirondacks includes the Adirondack Forest Preserve lands in Washington County, all of these lands make up the eastern portion of the Lake George Wild Forest.
More about Adirondack Trail Information:
- Trail Information for the Northern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the northern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Northeastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the northeastern portion of the Adirondack Mountains and the Lake Champlain islands.
- Trail Information for the High Peaks - General trail information, closures and notices for the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Central and Southern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the central and southern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Eastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the eastern portion of the Adirondack Mountains
- Trail Information for the Southeastern Adirondacks - General trail information, closures and notices for the portion of the Adirondack Mountains east of Lake George
- North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) - The DEC has completed a Draft Plan/GEIS for the North Country National Scenic Trail Adirondack Park section. This plan describes a proposed route across the central region of the Adirondack Park. The route assessment presented in this plan will be integrated into the unit management plans (ump's) for each respective unit traversed by the trail.