Adirondack Hiking Tips
Make your stay at our spacious lodging in Lake George both educational and fun! While on your hike, educate your children and even yourself about the animals and plants that reside in this beautiful area.
Teach your children not only about the great outdoors, but also about life skills such as, leadership, sharing and cooperation. Introduce your young ones to the wonders of nature and the beauty of the untouched Adirondack landscape, starting right here at our inviting Lake George vacation rentals! Follow these simple steps for an invigorating hike, for both you and your children.
What to Bring:
- Your child’s favorite foods for snacking. Make sure to bring foods loaded with nutrients and low in fats.
- First Aid Kit – You never know when your little one is going to take a fall. Be prepared with insect repellent, sting care, and all the basic essentials for those cuts and scrapes.
- Sunglasses! For those hot sunny days, don’t forget protection for your eyes. Bring hats for the children and yourself – the days are long and you need to make sure you can see your children at all times.
- Sunscreen – This is a “must have” packing item. Even on cloudy days, you are susceptible to the sun’s UV rays. It may be deceiving, but those hazy clouds give the worst burns. Protect your skin from the daily elements and wear sunscreen with SPF of at least 15. This is especially important when boating on Lake George. You may be out on the water for hours and not even realize the damage that you are causing to your skin! Protect yourself and apply sunscreen.
- Change of clothes – Weather is one thing you cannot control. When you are on a hiking trail, the last thing you want to be is too hot or too cold. Check the weather when you leave your house and bring extra clothing for yourself and your kids. For those potential rainy days, make sure you have a rain jacket on hand for your little ones, as well as for yourself.
- Flashlights – The optimal time for you to hike, especially with children, is during the day. But if you happen to be outside and it starts to get dark, always be prepared with flashlights for everyone.
- Listening skills is another thing that will be tested while on your Adirondack hike. Make sure you keep your child’s attention at all times and do not lose sight of them.
- Teach your children to stay where they are if they do get lost. Equip your children with whistles in case they stray from the group. Or, bring along “walkie-talkies” for your adventure hike.
- Even though it might be fun to go off the path, make sure your children know that it’s important to stay seen no matter what. Teach your children to look at new things with their eyes, not their hands. Foreign plants, trees and animals may be beautiful to look at, but deadly to interact with. Also, teach them the importance of trail markers. Typically, trails are color coordinated.
- Make sure to stop frequently for breaks so that your children do not get too tired. Children tend to get colder quicker than adults, therefore make sure that they are dressed in layers.
Most importantly, have fun on your Adirondack hike starting from your private vacation rental. Hiking is an event that everyone can enjoy, and is something that can be educational as well. Take your children out and let their imaginations run wild! Enjoy telling family stories as you trek the mountainside terrain overlooking your luxurious lodging in Lake George.
Check out these trails for some great family fun while staying at our Lake George vacation rentals.
Enjoy this moderate hike to the summit of historic French Mountain, 2.5 miles, 1.5 hours.
Our spacious vacation rentals boasts hiking trails on French Mountain (the southern most peak in the Adirondacks) and is easily accessible by foot from your lodging unit. Depart the property over the covered bridge. Continue North over Route 149, and use the green footbridge over the road for an easy crossing for young children. Walk on the paved Warren County Bike Trail for approximately 1 mile until you see signs for the Colonel Williams Monument, which will be on your left. While here, learn about the French and Indian War that was fought on these very grounds. Just beyond the monument, look for the bright blue markings on the stones and trees just off the right shoulder of the bike trail. Follow the blue trail markings to the summit of French Mountain. Upon arriving here, enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.
An easy to moderate hike, with slow inclines and deeply wooded terrain. 1 mile, ½ hour.
Take Split Rock Road to enjoy this beautiful nature hike. Jabe Pond Trail heads briefly downhill, and then you are redirected up to a lovely scrub forest. Feast your eyes upon the pad leaf orchids that line the road in the summer, or enjoy the variety of wildflowers in the Spring. Fall is always magical as the leaves begin to change and the glow of the warm colors blanket the Adirondack Mountains. Halfway through the walk, the incline increases, but then gradually levels out. You will see a forest of beautiful hemlock tress. Allow the peaceful hemlocks to lead you and your family to Jabe Pond.
Parking: Travel 1/8 of a mile up Split Rock Road and you will find a parking area at the intersection.
Enjoy this moderate hike up rocky terrain. 1.6 miles, 1 hour.
This Adirondack hiking trail follows an old horse trail that is centuries old. Enjoy this 1 mile, 300 foot climb up rocky terrain. As you reach the top of the climb, peer down to see tall hardwood forests of the slopes mingle with the scrubbier oaks and pines that line the land. Catch your breath as you continue across the ridgeline and enjoy this gradual descent into the forest.
Parking: If you take 9N South through Silver Bay, NY to the top of Tongue Mountain, parking will be on your right. Overflow spaces are available as well.
Trails near Jabe Pond and Deer Leap are located in the Hague-Ticonderoga area of Northern Lake George.
For additional information on hiking, please visit:
- Adirondack Mountain Club
- Adirondack 46er
- Saranac Lake – Adirondack Hiking
- Appalachian Trail Conservancy
- Appalachian Mountain Club
Whether you simply enjoy staying at our unique Lake George vacation rentals, or feel the urge to embark on an outdoor adventure, we have the activities and amenities that are uniquely different from a Lake George hotel. From spacious living rooms to outside patios with gas grills and a fully stocked kitchen – we guarantee that your stay will be unforgettable. The Bonus? You ‘Go Green’ at our vacation rentals in Lake George!
Don’t forget to plan your next hiking trip in the Lake George region. Begin your next adventure at our five star vacation rentals and look forward to spending time in nature with your family!
For other ideas, check out our Family Fun Section – Find out where you can horseback ride in Lake George, discover enticing museums, exciting live entertainment and so much more! There is always something fun to do at the Wilderness Lodging vacation rentals and Lake George RV Park.