Hiking

ATTENTION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that all public fire towers in New York will be closed.

All public trails are still open and fire tower peaks can be climbed, but hikers are advised to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet apart - which the fire tower cabs are too small to accommodate. The DEC also recommends hikers avoid busy trailheads and explore hikes and outdoor adventures close to home.

Explore our trails

Trails, trails, trails. The trails in the Tupper Lake region lead to picturesque waterfalls and mountaintops. An authentic Adirondack experience is not complete without getting in a good hike, and Tupper Lake has a range of options to choose from. Follow a gently rolling multi-use trail along a river or embark on a mountain hike to a fabulous 360-degree view.  

From summits to waterways

Whether it is for an hour or for a week, we recommend you spend some time on the trails.

  • Take an easy walk along the nature trails at The Wild Center, located right in Tupper Lake.
  • Grab a delicious picnic to-go and head to an Adirondack lean-to on the wheelchair accessible John Dillon Park trails.
  • Challenge yourself to the Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge -- three family-friendly peaks that boast stellar panoramic views of the Adirondacks. 

Leave No Trace

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.

Leave No Trace Seven Principles

Check out our listings highlighting some of the excellent hiking we have here in the Adirondacks!

Paul Smith's College VIC Nature up close: Welcome to the VIC! When you visit the Paul Smith's College VIC, a world of... Read More
The Wild Center Looking for a place to view wildlife, walk through a forest, and canoe, all in one stunning spot?... Read More
Floodwood Mountain Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for the entire family. The terrain is moderate with only a... Read More
Sinclair Falls This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour. None of the trails on the tour are marked, other... Read More
Tooley Pond Mountain Tooley Pond Mountain used to be a fire tower peak; the tower now resides on Cathedral Rock on the... Read More
Streeter Lake and Crystal Lake This first 3.5 miles of this trail will lead you back to Streeter Lake on a very gentle and lightly... Read More
Catamount Mountain Hiking Also known as Cat Mountain, since "catamount" is old slang for any medium-sized or large... Read More
Basford Falls This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour which is just as impressive in winter as in... Read More
Raquette Falls The Raquette Falls Trail is one of the most popular Adirondack backcountry ski routes in winter,... Read More
Panther Mountain The trail starts climbing right away with tall pines towering over you. The trail then swings west... Read More
Winding Falls This is a little-known route to a dramatic waterfall known locally as Pa’s Falls, after the... Read More
Janacks Landing The trail starts out to be rather mellow following an old railroad grade (no ties) for quite some... Read More
Big Pine Trail The Big Pine that is the name of the trail will be at the base of a very short spur trail on your... Read More
Sheep Meadow Trail Hiking The Sheep Meadow Trail is used more often as a cross-country ski trail, but it is a very... Read More
Sucker Brook Road This trail is an old road, which to some has also been referred to as Otter Brook Road. This... Read More
Blue Mountain Hiking Blue Mountain is one of the taller mountains in the Adirondack Park and one of the most... Read More
Twin Falls This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour and a great Adirondack Experience. None of the... Read More
Burntbridge Pond from Massawepie This can only be accessed from September 1st to June 14th when the Boy Scout camp is not in session... Read More
Jenkins Mountain Hiking From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will... Read More
Douglas Rock This small peak is obscure with no real trail to the summit; but does have a series of logging... Read More
Jamestown Falls Hiking This trail is easy access to the ten-foot falls, a nice short stroll to add onto your... Read More
Cathedral Rock This fire tower used to be on Tooley Pond Mountain but was moved here by Ranger School Students in... Read More
Bog River Trail From the gate, pass through and hike along an old road to an old bridge over the Bog River. Cross... Read More
Otter Hollow Trail Loop This trail between the Fish Creek and Rollins Pond campgrounds is a lovely way to explore both... Read More

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