Monday, November 14, 2022

Recreation Highlight: Low Elevation Hikes for the Shoulder Season

It’s stick season in the Adirondacks. As with any season change, variable conditions can heavily impact the state of the trails. Consider choosing a low-elevation hike or interpretive trail over the next couple weekends to avoid inclement weather and trail conditions.

The Adirondack Day Hikes webpage has plenty of great low-elevation options. Here are a few to consider this coming weekend:

Rock Lake Trail – Just 1.6 miles roundtrip, the shores of Rock Lake provide gorgeous scenery at a very approachable distance and low elevation. This would be a safe hike to fit in before the rain shows up for the weekend.

John Brown Farm Historic Site – The home and gravesite of historic abolitionist, John Brown, is also home to several enjoyable trails throughout the property. These paths offer a gentle grade, for any age or ability level, and are a great low-elevation option for hiking, birding, and enjoying the scenery despite the weather.

Paul Smith’s College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) – Paul Smith’s VIC has 25 miles of trails, including 6 miles of interpretive trails on 3,000 acres of land. The trails weave through woodland, marshland, ponds, brooks, and bogs. Many are surfaced for easy walking. The trail system offers a unique view of a variety of Adirondack ecosystems with easy access and safe trail conditions for the shoulder season.


Photo at top courtesy of the DEC.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

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