Hiking, rich history, and a lake that can be used year round, are just a few of the reasons to visit Lake Placid, New York.
The Adirondack Park is made up of 6 million acres and contains the largest protected area in the contiguous United States. Within this richness of land is an abundance of hiking trails. From small trails that take less than an hour, to the 46 high peaks that are over 4,000 feet in elevation, there’s a mountain for everyone to conquer.
Beginners can start with local favorites like Cobble Hill or Henry’s Woods before moving on to a high peak. Cascade and Porter are good options if you want to conquer a high peak, but not spend all day hiking. The two trails connect and you can complete both in around 4 hours depending on your skill level. Want an all day hiking experience? Tackle Marcy or Algonquin, the two highest peaks. You’ll want to be prepared for these longer, more difficult hikes with all the proper essentials.
No matter what peak you choose to climb, you’re guaranteed to take in breath taking views of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Park.
Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games, is one of only three locations to host the Winter Olympics twice. The year-round resort village is likely best known for the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey game where the USA upset the heavily favored USSR team, and went on to win the Gold Medal. The 1980 Herb Brooks arena is still used today and open to the public to explore.
Lake Placid is also one of the only locations to have all the Olympic Venues so close together. While many Olympic host cities have venues that are 30 minutes away, or longer, in Lake Placid you can go from one venue to another in only 10 minutes! Lake Placid is also unique in that you can see every venue from all the others. Meaning, if you venture to Mount Vanhoevenburg and check out the Olympic Sports Complex (home of the combined Bobsled, Luge, and Skeleton Track) you will be able to see Whiteface Mountain, The Olympic Center (1980 Rink), and the Ski Jumps!
Strangely enough, none of the Tri-Lake villages (Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, and Tupper Lake) lie on their namesakes.
Lake Placid sits on Mirror Lake, a serene and beautiful lake that reflects the village surrounding it. Mirror Lake offers a wide and unique range of activities all year round. During the summer months, the lake offers a nice retreat for kayaking, paddleboaring, and swimming. Mirror Lake is also where you will see hundreds of athletes swimming during the Ironman Triathlon. During the winter months the lake freezes over and is the perfect spot for a dogsled ride or pick-up hockey game. You can also go down the Toboggan Chute, a 30 foot tall converted ski jump!
Lake Placid hosts many events throughout the year including Oktoberfest, the Flaming Leaves Festival, Ironman, the Lake Placid Horse Shows, Songs on Mirror Lake, and the Empire State Winter Games. There’s something for everyone!