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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Minerva
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