Winter fitness and fun combined

From December through February, the fresh powdered snowshoe trails throughout the Adirondack Hub offer the ideal winter playground for those looking to get up close with nature. Book your ideal accommodations, and enjoy a cozy B&B, inn, or motel to start your snowshoe journey. No experience required! When your day of adventure is complete, warm up by the fire in your lodge, or in one of our fine restaurants right here in town.

With protected wilderness all around, the area has an abundance of great snowshoe trails. From short, level, and flat, to challenging peaks with incredible winter wonderland views, there are plenty of trails to meet that longing for gorgeous winter scenery and that crisp, pine-scented air.

The Hoffman Notch Wilderness area is a great place to start. A popular trek for families and beginners is the Big Pond Trail, which is a manageable 3-mile Adirondack snowshoe hike.

East of the lake, visitors can take an enchanting moonlight snowshoe trek in the 46,283 acres of Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, experiencing a serene perspective of the forest unlike any other. Crane Pond is an enjoyable choice too.

Secure the services of a local guide or outfitter who can steer you toward the best winter trails for your ability and has equipment to buy or rent. Cloud Splitter Outfitters in Newcomb has snowshoe rentals and guided treks. The Adirondack Interpretive Center has maintained trails suitable for beginners. The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves opens in the winter, with snowshoes, trekking poles, and a map to help explore their own system of trails.

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.

 

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.

 

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Route 28N, Newcomb
Marshall's tree covered summit is less impressive than the wondrous trail which leads up to it. With numerous waterfalls along Herbert Brook, and great views of the Flowed Lands, you will not be lacking for photographic opportunities.
The view from the Goodnow Mountain firetower is one of the best in the Adirondacks.
Route 28N, Newcomb
Goodnow is a very prominent peak when seen from Route 28N. This ragged-looking mountain is home to one of the remaining fire towers in the Adirondacks.
Great views in any season.
County Route 25, Newcomb
Hiking An ascent of Allen is a major undertaking since it is a nearly 20 mile roundtrip, nearly half of which is on unmarked trails.
Round Pond is one of a lovely pond network in the North Hudson area.
Route 9, North Hudson
This hike is a magical one as it leads you to an attractive pond and through a beautiful forest!
Views from the summit and the fire tower.
Moose Pond Club Rd, Minerva
Complete with a fire tower and magnificent views, Vanderwhacker Mountain is a perfect option for hikers looking to explore the area!
Route 25 Upper Works Trailhead, Newcomb
Avalanche Lake is beautiful and remote. It's well worth the trip for those who are prepared for the miles.
Upper Works Road, Newcomb
Mount Adams is a serious climb but for those who tackle it, the views and the hike are very rewarding. The summit features at 47-foot steel fire tower, used in its heyday as a tool in the forest fire prevention effort by New York State.
There are bridges and viewing stands for maximum enjoyment of the scenery.
5922 State Rte 28N, Newcomb
The Adirondack Park Visitor Interpretive Center in Newcomb serve as environmental education and tourist orientation centers. Miles of scenic, surfaced trails complemented by indoor exhibits and multi-image presentations on the park. In summer, there...