Hiking

ATTENTION: NYSDEC-controlled fire towers are open to visitors. Only one household group should be in the fire tower cab, groups should social distance on the summit while waiting to climb to the cab, sanitize hands before and after being on the fire tower, and wear masks.

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. 

Love Your ADK

By taking the Love Your Adirondacks Pledge and practicing Leave No Trace ethics you can help ensure that the forests, waterways, and communities of the Adirondacks remain beautiful and unique for generations to come.

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
Castle Rock Hiking This is one of the most popular destinations in the Blue Mountain Lake Region, and... 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
John Dillon Park Camping A fully accessible wilderness area located near Tupper Lake, it has picnic areas for day... Read More
Round Pond Hiking Round Pond is not the official name for this pond; in fact it is not labeled with a name at... 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
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
Clear Pond Loop Trail Hiking Clear Pond is good-sized at 35 acres. The trail covers 1.4 miles, from the trailhead,... Read More
Deer Pond and Lead Pond from Route 30 Once through the DEC gate start your hike along an old woods road through an attractive Adirondack... 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
Fernow Trail Fernow Trail, also known as the Fernow Plantation Loop, was named after Bernhard Fernow. He was one... 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
Sucker Brook Road This trail is an old road, which to some has also been referred to as Otter Brook Road. This... Read More
Sardine Pond This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS... Read More
Pine Pond This loop is entirely along old woods roads. Starting off on a gated dirt road you will hike... Read More
Bear Mountain from Route 3 This is a very long alternate route to one of the larger mountains in the region. It will bring you... Read More
Lampsons Falls This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour and Lampsons Falls is the final waterfall along... Read More
Deer Pond Loop Deer Pond is the finest destination point and you may find that to be enough, don’t feel that the... Read More
Moody Falls The falls are a lovely area and be sure to keep an eye out for great blue heron feasting on 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
Massawepie Mire Hiking Scenic and remote, Massawepie Mire contains the largest bog in New York State. The trail... Read More
High Rock High Rock is part of the High Falls Loop, but makes for a nice destination or overnight for the... Read More

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