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Frequently Asked Hiking Questions

Which mountains allow dogs? Must they be leashed?

The public lands administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are pet friendly. Your dog can be off leash on these lands, however, rangers caution that you need to ensure that you truly have control of your dog. In established campgrounds within these lands, dogs need to be kept on a 6-foot leash, and cannot be left unattended.

Remember: when hiking in the Adirondacks, you're on land that coyotes, black bears, bobcats, and other dangerous animals call home. Always be cautious of this to avoid any potential danger.

Please Note: dogs are not permitted on DEC lands throughout the Saranac Lake and Lake George Island areas.<

Check out the Adirondack Dog Hiking Guide to find more information on bringing your pooch!

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What should I pack?

Every hiker has different preferences as to what they should bring with them when they hike. However, we have come up with some essentials you need for hiking in both warm and cold conditions in the Adirondacks. Check out What To Pack In Your Backpack to ensure you're fully prepared before your hike!

Are there any poisonous pests or plants I should be aware of?

If you're from out of state, you may not be familiar with the local species of plants and animals. Be cautious of ticks, snakes, poison ivy and bears. The Adirondacks are home to a variety of wildlife, some not to worry about, and others that you should be aware of, that can potentially be dangerous. Check out our Hiking Safety Tips for more ways to stay safe!

What are some good hikes for beginners?

Hiking can often seem intimidating at first. Check out some of our favorite Adirondack hikes that are perfect for beginner hikers.

What hikes are suitable for kids?

The Adirondacks offer a variety of great hikes that are perfect to conquer with the kiddos. Check out our favorite kid-friendly hikes in the Adirondacks, complete with photos, tips and trail information.

How do you become a 46er?

Ready to summit all 46 high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains? Check out how you can become an Adirondack 46er, which mountains you must climb, and the best way to go about it!

What are the best Adirondack hikes?

Though we are fans of ALL Adirondack hikes, here are our Facebook Fans' Favorite Hikes. Have other favorites? Become a Facebook Fan, and let us know!

Where can you go camping while hiking?

Check out the Adirondack State Park Campgrounds for some great camping options after a good, long hike!

Where are some good places to stay after a day of hiking?

Looking for a place to stay after a long day of hiking? There are a variety of lodging options in and around the Adirondacks. Whether you're looking for a hotel, a cabin, or a campsite - you're sure to find the perfect spot!

Where are some good places to eat after a day of hiking?

After a hike, you're bound to be starving! The Adirondacks are home to some great restaurants that will be sure to make you (and your stomach) super happy!

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