April is here and warmer weather is just around the corner! That means getting outside to enjoy the sunshine is on the top of everyone’s list of things to do! A good way to get outside and explore is to go on a walk on one of the many nature trails in the Adirondacks. Here are four of our favorite walks in the Lake Placid area that are good for the whole family, including your furry friends!

These walks are also a great warm up to getting your hiking legs ready!

Heaven Hill

166 Bear Cub Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
The trailhead with its sign & parking area in on Bear Cub Road 2.2 miles from the intersection with Old Military Road.

The Heaven Hill Trail System consists of three main loops. They follow long, established farm or wood roads and intersect with other trails to form several shorter loops of varying lengths.

Heaven Hill Trail Map
Heaven Hill Trail Sign

Spot to check out: when you get to the welcome sign, take the trail to the left and head to the Old Orchard Loop. After about a  .2 mile walk you will come to the old orchard. You can take a loop around the orchard, or play fetch in the big open field. The orchard gives you amazing mountain views, and during the fall you’ll see incredible foliage!

bench with Heaven Hill engraving

Look for the custom benches around the loop – they were made by Wini Holderied!

Henry’s Woods

15 Bear Cub Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946

The trailhead with its sign & parking area is on Bear Cub Road .1 miles from the intersection with Old Military Road.

The Henry’s Woods Trail System consists of 5 distinct trails through a thick, shaded forest with occasional brook crossings and mountain views.

Henry's Woods Trail Map
Henry's Woods Sign

Spot to check out: You’ll start on the Connector Trail – head right on the Loop Trail, left onto the Switchback Trail, and left onto the Plateau Trail. The Plateau Trail has amazing Sentinel Range views!

John Brown Farm

115 John Brown Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946

The dirt parking area for the trail system is .6 miles from the intersection of Rt. 73 & Old Military Road.

John Brown’s Farm is a National Historic Landmark operated by the National Park Service. It is the home and grave-site of abolitionist John Brown, most famous for leading the pre-Civil War Raid on Harper’s Ferry. There is a fee to access the museum (May—October) but the trails are free.

John Brown Trail Map
John Brown Farm Sign
Phone Tour Sign at John Brown Farm

Check out the cell phone tour! While walking around the farm, a number of locations have signs letting you know what you can hear more about.

There are a number of picnic tables, perfect for having lunch with a historic backdrop – the Olympic Ski Jumps!

Peninsula Trail

Turn from Sara-Placid Road onto Peninsula Way (between ‘Dack Shack and Quality Inn). At the top of the hill the road becomes gravel. The trailhead is .2 miles from that point.

These interconnecting trails are located on the shores of Lake Placid. They are close to the Village Center but offer a taste of wilderness in a quiet and peaceful setting. Views of Lake Placid Lake make this an excellent destination for kinds of short outings.

Peninsula Trail Trail Map
peninsula trail sign
views from the peninsula trail

Take the Boundary Trail .25 miles to the Lake Placid Outlet for amazing views!

These trails can also be used in the winter for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

When walking during colder months, micro-spikes are HIGHLY recommended as the trails can be very icy.

Note, many locals bring their dogs to all of these areas and let them run off leash.

Ready for a more challenging adventure? Check out some of our top picks for an easy to moderate hike you can do in four hours or less!