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Here’s a helpful guidebook on having fun in the snow in the Lake George Region: 25 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Lake George, NY Region

Roger Fulton and Michael Carpenter spent an entire winter exploring snowy trails in the Lake George Region on both cross country skis and snowshoes. They have chosen 25 of the best trails for you to get out and explore. The difficulty and lengths vary, but nearly all are easy or moderate, with the emphasis on easy. As always, they give you explicit directions from an Interstate (I-87). More than 60 full color photos help you find the trailheads and navigate the trails.

This is just the book to help you get out of the house on a clear winter day to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Country in winter. So whether you choose a flat, short and easy trail in Queensbury, or want a full week retreat at a cross country ski resort in the Eastern Adirondacks, it’s in this book. Get out and enjoy!

Click here to order a copy 

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Click here for a resource page on where to Cross Country Ski In The Saratoga NY Region.

Cross-country Ski Lake George

As a holiday gift idea, consider these Adirondack guidebooks:
25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Saratoga Springs, NY Region
25 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Lake George, NY Region
-25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Lake George, NY Region
25 Interesting Bicycle Trails in the Lake George NY Region
25 Flatwater Kayak/Canoe Trips in the Lake George, NY Region

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By FELICIA BONANNO, The Saratogian, link to original post

Some people have hiked all 46 high peaks of the Adirondacks and have rock-climbed and camped along the way. But hiking is not for everyone. The ordinary family usually can’t find time to do all that, nor do they always have the ability or desire to belay themselves up steep inclines. Luckily, there are several hiking trails around Saratoga that offer easy hikes while still offering wonderful scenes of our beautiful region, educating on the historical significance of the area, and providing a fun time for everyone in the family, from oldest to youngest.

1. North Woods of Skidmore, Saratoga Springs
Owned by Skidmore College and used as a resource for teaching in science and other fields of study, this beautiful area of woods has a network of five interwoven public trails, four of which allow hikers to not only hike but run, cross-country ski, snowshoe and dog walk.

“It’s maybe five miles of loop, and it actually passes some of the dorms,” says Bill Shwartz, an outings leader of the ADK Glens Falls/Saratoga chapter. “It’s a good surface for gradual climbs, and you can start right at the north end of Broadway, where it turns to dirt.”

2. Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park, Gansevoort
Off of Exit 15 at 80 Scout Road in Gansevoort, right near the Boy Scout Camp, this protected land base has more than 12 miles of marked, public trails that are great for hiking, not to mention running, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

It is scenic and is significant for its ancient sand dunes, rare plant communities and small wetlands that are home to the endangered Karner blue butterfly, which you may have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of if you look closely.

3. Saratoga Battlefield’s Wilkinson Trail, Stillwater
The Saratoga Battlefield’s trails are not only scenic, with rolling hills, woods and farmlands, but have historic significance as well. Here is where the Battles of Saratoga took place during the Revolutionary War in the 1770s. You have plenty of opportunities to hike and learn the history of the Battlefield along the way with educational signs. The Wilkinson Trail is a 4.2 mile long grass and dirt trail.

“There are some ups and downs, and it may be muddy,” Shwartz says, “but it is of historical interest. Plus, there are other paved paths between some of the historical sites and turnouts on the tour road.” The fee for hikers at the Saratoga Battlefield is $3.

4. Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort
This state park boasts of hardwood forests, pine stands and rocky ridges. The trails within the park range from the .2 mile long Cottage Park trail to the 5.66 mile long Western Ridge trail, so any of the trails are great for a day walk for beginning hikers or for young kids.

“There are lots and lots of family-friendly and adult-friendly hikes of various levels,” says Judith Ann Halstead, an outings leader of the ADK Glens Falls/Saratoga chapter. “There are flat trips around lakes or ponds, hikes up ridges and hikes along ridges. There are lots and lots of options. This is a beautiful wilderness area that we are lucky to have so close by.”

“Moreau State Park also has ease of access, being right off of Exit 17S, and a beach to use after hiking,” says Maureen Coutant, current chapter chairperson for the ADK Glens Falls/Saratoga chapter.

5. Zim Smith Mid-County Trail, Ballston Spa
Starting in Ballston Spa and ending at Coons Crossing Road in Halfmoon, this 7.5 mile rail trail’s terrain is asphalt, crushed dirt and stone, so it’s great for hiking and biking. Start at Malta’s Shenantaha Creek Park off Exit 12, about 2.75 miles south, if you like, and enjoy that park’s picnic tables, playground, tennis courts and volleyball net. You can then continue to Round Lake, along which trail you can glimpse backyards and horse pastures through the trees.

6. Pilot Knob Preserve Hike, Fort Ann
For a really short, easy and scenic hike, prospective hikers should head to this trailhead, only ten minutes away from Lake George Village. It offers beautiful scenes of Lake George and an extended waterfall hike and can take anywhere from 25 minutes to 40 minutes with children. There are some inclines, so hikers should be prepared to do a little bit of climbing. The Orange Trail is 1.2 miles roundtrip in the shade of the forest, so it’s great for a hot, summer day hike. At the top of the Orange Trail is the gazebo, which provides a perfect view of Lake George, and from there you can continue on the blue trail (another 1.3 mile loop, although much flatter and less difficult) to a small waterfall that is great for kids to play at with its weak water flow.

7. Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs
The flat and easy terrain of this park offer extremely easy hikes on their five trails.

Streams and trees offer scenery to the casual hiker and dogs are allowed on leashes. This park is a great picnic spot, as well, and located right outside of downtown Saratoga.

8. Bog Meadow Nature Trail, Saratoga Springs
Established in 1993 by Saratoga PLAN volunteers, this easy two mile trail follows alongside an abandoned railway. Along it hikers can glimpse three distinct wetlands and walk along an extended boardwalk system, and will almost certainly glimpse all kinds of wildlife while hiking here. Educational signs along the trail give information about the flora and fauna, as well as the historical significance of the area. There is an entrance off of Route 29, right in Saratoga.

9. Feeder Canal Towpath, Queensbury
Although a longer hike, this nine mile path is perfectly suitable for an easy walk. It takes hikers from the Feeder Dam in Queensbury to McIntyre Park in Fort Edward, crossing street intersections along the way.

“It’s flat, except where the locks are and there are great wildlife sightings,” Coutant says. “It’s of historical interest and a good walking surface.”

Walkers can park their cars right at the Feeder Dam on Richardson Street and check out the remains of Lock 14.

10. Buck Mountain of the Adirondacks, Lake George
For people who have never hiked an Adirondack mountain, or whose children have yet to take part in the breathtaking experience, Buck Mountain is the perfect place to start. It has a bald-rock summit with a breathtaking view from the top of green hills and islands below. From the summit hikers can see Lake George Village and Bolton Landing. This hike is three miles, with moderate difficulty. The yellow markers lead to the top to a spectacular scene.

Keep going …. the guidebook “25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Saratoga Spring, NY Region” has additional ideas.

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The New York State Underwater Blueway Trail Project is searching for potential dive partners to participate in the project. The UBT will include the Village of Lake George (Lake George), Villages of Freeport (Atlantic Ocean), the cities of Dunkirk (Lake Erie), Geneva (Seneca Lake), Oswego (Ontario Lake) and Plattsburgh (Lake Chaplain). Initially, they will be starting with Geneva and Oswego. This project is to document, promote and preserve shipwrecks and other underwater cultural resources in New York waters and establish underwater scuba trails through dive sites. For more info contact rparker@stny.rr.com.

source: Dive News Network

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Click here to read I don’t tell you this enough Lake George but you’re really beautiful and see photos of Lake George area attractions.

If you’re headed to Lake George this summer take along these guidebooks:
25 Short Hikes and Interesting Walks in the Lake George, NY Region
25 Interesting Bicycle Trails in the Lake George NY Region
25 Flatwater Kayak/Canoe Trips in the Lake George, NY Region
25 Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Lake George, NY Region (OK, Maybe it’s best to wait for winter for this one)

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PBS Video of Photographer Carl Heilman working in the Adirondacks

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Snowshoes, Ice Cream and Cat Mountain

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