Spring is here and hiking in the Adirondacks is the perfect activity! Yesterday (April 30) we I took a brief hike on the new section of the Northville – Lake Placid Trail. We hiked from the Benson Road trailhead, around the east side of Woods Lake, and connected back to the Lapland Lake trail network. We saw lots of beautiful sights, the photo above is one of many.
Even though the spring thaw has melted the snow away and it’s time to hang up your boots, skis and poles for the next few months, there are plenty of activities you can participate in throughout the spring and summer to help you stay in tip top shape for next year’s cross country ski season. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular activities for cross country ski enthusiasts to try as the weather gets warmer. Continue reading
If you love to see nature erupt in the spring – from the bushes and wildflowers blooming to the young fauns and cubs emerging from dens – you owe it yourself and your family to make a trip to the Adirondacks in the spring.
Yes, the temperatures can be a bit chilly in late-March through mid-June. And you may see some snow still on the hiking trails (cross-country skiing, anyone?). But the tourists haven’t really arrived yet, so visiting the Adirondacks in the spring can mean just you and the quiet wonder of nature as you hike, canoe, fish, bike – or even ski or snowshoe.
Read below for some great things to do in the spring in the Adirondacks.
- Go for a horseback ride. Several ranches offer riding opportunities for experienced riders and beginners alike. Children love to ride horses and those ranches that offer rides always have gentle and slow smaller horses for your gentle, slower and smaller children.
- Check out the downtowns of the towns of Lake George and Glens Falls. Both have an eclectic mix of restaurants, galleries, gift shops, boutiques and more that are sure to please everyone in your party.
- Golf! Several golf courses and resorts are open at this time of year, yet the links are far less crowded.
- Book a massage, facial, pedicure – or all three – at one of several salons and/or spas located in the Adirondacks. If coming to the Adirondacks for a romantic getaway spas, many offer couples’ massages, facials, etc.
- Go canoeing, kayaking or even whitewater rafting.
- Go for a hike! Yes, it probably will be muddy, but just be sure to wear warm layers that you don’t mind getting dirty, bring a walking stick, a good hat, sturdy shoes, plenty of water, sandwiches, and get ready to be amazed at the flora and fauna along the trail! Depending on any lingering snowpack, see how many of the 46 Adirondack mountain peaks you can climb in one day (it is possible to climb two or three in one day – they’re quite close together).
- Nights can still get chilly, making for the perfect excuse to stay snug and cozy in front of a fireplace drinking hot cocoa or a terrific glass of wine.
- Go on a getaway. If you love the outdoors, you’ll love the Adirondacks in the spring. The earth is just waking from its winter sleep. Trees and shrubs are starting to bud. Birds are starting to call to each other. Mammals are coming out of their burrows or stretching their legs to welcome the renewal. The quiet is intoxicating, the weather during the day is crisp and the surroundings are breathtaking.