Get out - and stay out!
This is mountain country. This is lake country. This is Saranac Lake.
In Saranac Lake, we take the outdoors seriously. Imagine a place where nature is always accessible, where the mountains are for hiking and the lakes are for paddling. Our 6er hiking challenge will get you out on the trail by boot, ski, or snowshoe. Paddlers can hop on the Saranac River and drift along as it carries them out of downtown, passing one gorgeous Adirondack vista after another, or they can launch into Lake Flower and take the scenic route to Lower Saranac Lake, where island camping awaits. Fishing happens by boat, shore, or ice, and our roads make great routes for cycling past endless mountains and lakes. Bird watchers and wildflowers finders will love exploring our rivers, forests, and wetlands. However you prefer to enjoy nature, you'll find it in Saranac Lake.
Mt. Pisgah Recreation Center
Mount Pisgah is just outside of downtown on Trudeau Road. This expansive recreation area is used for biking, concerts, weddings, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, mountain biking, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sporting events, tubing, and walking/hiking. The view from the top is breathtaking and includes the sharp profile of Whiteface Mountain. Learn more here.
- Walking trails
- Mountain biking trails
- Tennis court
- Lodge (winter only)
- T-bar lift
- Downhill ski and snowboard hill
- Night skiing
- Cross-country ski trails
- Tubing hill
- Snowshoe trails
Jackrabbit Ski Trail
This iconic Adirondack ski route begins in Keene and passes througth several communities, including Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, on its way to Paul Smiths. At 34 miles in length, this wide trail offers a lot of options for quick out-ant-backs or scenic all day ski trips. Learn more.
Prescott & Riverfront Parks
Home to the popular Lake Flower Boat Launch in the summer and the Winter Carnival Ice Palace in the winter, Prescott and Riverfront parks are a gorgeous stretch of Adirondack scenery along the shore of Lake Flower. You can catch a variety of water-related events here in the summer, as well as some decidedly different Winter Carnival happenings in winter.
- Ice Palace
- picnic tables
- Paddling and Winter Carnival events
- DEC boat launch
Lake Colby Beach
Lake Colby Beach, also known as William Wallace Park, is a community staple that has seen more than 40 years of public use. Located just north of downtown on Route 86, this scenic spot is a haven for beachgoers in the summer and a magnet for ice fishing in winter. Be sure to linger in the evening — the sunsets here are stunning.
- Sandy beach
- Changing rooms
- Volleyball net
- Picnic area
- Off-street parking
Saranac 6er Hiking Challenge
The Saranac Lake 6er program was born in 2013 as a way to get people to experience the beauty of these summits. The hikes cover a range of difficulty, with Mount Baker, which is located right in the village, offering the easiest path. Learn more here.
Dewey Mountain Recreation Center
Less than a mile from downtown, Dewey Mountain Recreation Center has a trail network for skiing and snowshoeing in the winter and for mountain biking in the summer. There’s a cozy lodge at the base of the mountain that’s perfect for warming up after trying the center’s varied paths, which range from easy to difficult. Look out for learn-to-ski programs, night skiing, and the popular ski jams, where you’ll find live music, night skiing, and a bonfire. Dewey Mountain is owned and operated by the Town of Harrietstown. Learn more.
- Cross-country skiing
- Mountain biking
- Night skiing
- Programs and events
Follow the Saranac River as it winds through downtown, and wave to the kayakers and ducks along the way! This is a great little path for families who want to see Saranac Lake’s natural side without straying from civilization. Bring a fishing rod and drop a line in the water, or just enjoy the scenery.
- Easy walking
- Great for families
Riverside Park is located on the corner of River and Main streets, right on the shore of Lake Flower. It’s easy to find because people are usually gathered there enjoying the gorgeous view of Scarface Mountain or participating in one of the many events that take place here. In the summer it might be a free concert, fun runs, or the huge Farmers Market, which happens every Saturday. In the winter the park is home to one of Winter Carnival’s most endearing events, the Ladies’ Fry Pan Toss. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like!
- Picnic Area
- Boat dock
- Scenic views
William Morris Park
William Morris Park, located on the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Depot Street, is commonly called Carousel Park because it’s home to the wonderful Adirondack Carousel. Young and old alike love riding the delicately crafted Adirondack animals, which were all carved by local artisans. Pick your favorite — the options include a black bear, loon, and a black fly — and enjoy the ride! The park is also home to a playground, and numerous events and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy. Learn more here.
- Playground equipment
- Picnic Area
- Adirondack Carousel
Completed in 2015, Saranac Lake’s skateboard park is located between Broadway and Church Street, behind the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and Community Bank. But this isn’t some backyard skatepark — the project received a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation and now offers 5,000-square-feet of concrete flow and street features.
Open every day from dawn until dusk, the skatepark is a busy place that’s frequented by future Tony Hawks of all ages.
The centerpiece of downtown, Berkeley Green is a beautifully tiered park that’s a magnet for activity year-round. The stage is used for free weekly concerts in the summer — when there isn’t music in the air, people are picnicking, reading, and relaxing on the grass here. In the winter you might find carolers singing or people gathered around the bonfire. The Green is also home to the 6er bell. Give it a ring after you’ve climbed all six mountains!
- Stage for concerts
- Winter bonfires
- Downtown location
- Music on the Green summer concert series
This scenic little park is home to a Korean and Vietnam War Memorial and has tennis courts, basketball courts, boat docks and a car-top boat launch. There are benches for relaxing, and a nice view of Dewey Mountain from the shore of Lake Flower.
- Car-top boat launch & dock
- Tennis courts
- Memorial to veteran's of Korea and Vietnam War
- Basketball courts
- Scenic view
Located on the corner of Broadway and Ampersand Ave., Ampersand Park is within walking distance of Saranac Lake's French Hill neighborhood, the Civic Center, and Saranac Lake High School. This beautiful space offers a variety of amenities and is open to the public. It attracts diverse users and is especially popular with families with young children.
- Playground equipment
- Picnic area
- Basketball court
- Tennis court
Temporary Trail Closure: August 2020
Special Trail Bulletin - a segment of the Jackrabbit Trail in Lake Placid will be closed to the public from August 4th to August 20th. The private portion of the Jackrabbit Trail above the Whiteface Inn Lane trailhead is closed for tree work and trail maintenance. Absolutely no public use of the trail is permitted during the closure for safety reasons. The closure will be strictly enforced by the landowner and violators will be reported to authorities. Hikers - Please use the DEC trailhead on Rt 86 between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake to access McKenzie and Haystack hiking trails. Thank you for your cooperation - please spread the word.
Check out our interactive Recreation Map to view boat launches, canoe access sites, trailheads, bicycle access, and scenic walkways around Saranac Lake.
Walk Friendly Community Silver Award
Saranac Lake is designated as a Silver-Level community due to the impressive levels of walking and excellent planning efforts. Saranac Lake is a very walkable community and most errands can be accomplished on foot. A walk through the Village provides beautiful lake and river views, historic architecture, parks for refuge and recreation, and many dining and shopping possibilities. Learn more.
The Walk of Fame recognizes residents or former residents who have distinguished themselves positively, on a national or international level in the arts, sciences, entertainment, sports, commerce, philanthropy or government, bringing honor to themselves and, by their residency in Saranac Lake, to our community.
Out to launch
Our waterways can get you from downtown to the great outdoors in no time! Launch from any of these locations and you’ll be soaking up mountain views in minutes:
- Baldwin Park Cartop Launch, Lake Flower
- Lake Colby Boat Launch
- Riverwalk Kayak Launch, Saranac River
- Ampersand Bay Boat Launch, Lower Saranac Lake
- Lake Flower Boat Launch
Parks within the Park
Lovely and local — a taste of the Adirondack Park, right in town. Since 1910, the Village Improvement Society has owned and maintained seven local parks and beautified the Village with flower plantings. These parks offer a relaxing refuge and plenty of scenic views.
- Beaver Park
- Denny Park
- Dorsey Park
- Sunset Arboretum
- Triangle Park & Herb Garden
- Vest Pocket Park