The Lake George Land Conservancy continues to challenge people to explore Lake George and see what makes it different from other parts of the Adirondack Park.
The Round the Lake Challenge tasks individuals with various missions to discover first-hand the area’s natural, historical, and cultural resources. According to the Conservancy’s Sarah Hoffman, the Round the Lake Challenge was launched in 2012 to combine education with motivation for a bit of a reward.
“The Round the Lake Challenge was first launched in 2012. It’s unique in that it doesn’t just focus on hiking,” says Hoffman, who is LGLC’s Communication and Outreach Manager. “People can choose to go to museums, historical associations, educational centers, and even a paddle as part of the challenge.”
Originally the Round the Lake Challenge consisted of 30 missions and has grown to 37, with more to come. The goal is to complete at least 20 activities with a trip to the offices of LGLC in Bolton Landing being the only mandatory task that needs to be completed to get a patch, certificate, and a place on the roster.
“As we added properties and new trails, the challenge has also grown,” Hoffman said. “It includes all of our properties. as well as established, marked DEC trails. We collaborated with ADK and other historical sites as well as completed our own research to pull it all together.”
Hoffman encourages people to reach out the local museums and historical associations before visiting to double-check their hours of operation. Some locations do change hours seasonally.
“The July 5 Hike-A-Thon is another aspect of the Round the Lake Challenge,” says Hoffman. “The event is free, but we do ask for advanced registration. There are four hiking levels (easy, moderate, moderate/challenging, challenging) as well as paddling. It’s all choreographed at the summit and lake. Photographer Carl Heilman goes up in a helicopter and takes a photo. There are a lot of volunteers that lead these hikes and paddles so it’s a great way to see a new place.”
There is no time limit to complete the challenge, just work at your own pace and enjoy all the treasures Lake George has to offer.