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Snowshoeing is one of the most accessible and fun outdoor winter activities in the Adirondacks. Although it is often mentioned in the same sentence as cross-country skiing, snowshoeing is a completely different experience that can be enjoyed off-trail, while hiking, or even in your own backyard.

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Snowshoeing: It Makes Hiking in the Winter Easier

Snowshoeing is similar to hiking or walking, but the unique structure of snowshoes allows you to stay on top of deep snow instead of sinking into it. They're easy to use and are strapped over regular boots. Snowshoeing is also great exercise, and a kid-friendly activity.

Find Places to Snowshoe & Get Your Rentals

Snowshoeing doesn't require a ton of space or specialized trails, although some places do offer designated snowshoe trails, sometimes in conjunction with cross-country ski trails. Below, you'll find places where you can go snowshoeing, and we've specifically highlighted ones that offer rentals if you need them.

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Where to Snowshoe When You Need Rentals

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Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing

Location: Saranac Lake & Lake Placid Areas

Details: Adirondack Riverwalking & Forest Bathing offers guided snowshoeing/forest bathing trips with rentals included. For 2020/2021 they are only guiding individuals, couples, and groups who are comfortable together through social distancing.

Ausable Chasm

Location: Ausable Chasm

Details: Snowshoes and ice cleats are available for rent at Ausable Chasm, a unique Adirondack attraction that offers self-guided and guided winter tours.

Beaver Brook Outfitters

Location: Wevertown

Details: Beaver Brook Outfitters provides well-maintained rental equipment including snowshoes, skis, and snowboards. Unlike most rental shops, they carry boots in full and half sizes and they will find one that fits you.

*Please note: Beaver Brook Outfitters offers snowshoe rentals only; there are no trails there. And, make sure you navigate to their Wevertown location, not North Creek or Lake Luzerne.

Friends Lake Inn

Location: Chestertown

Details: Friends Lake Inn has 16km of snowshoeing trails and snowshoes available for guests to use. They even offer a romantic Snowshoe Package for adventurous couples.

*Please note: Snowshoes are only available for guests of the Inn.

Garnet Hill Lodge

Location: North River

Details: For 2020/2021 Garnet Hill Lodge plans to have their trail network open as usual. There are some changes you can read about here, including equipment rental pickups and returns taking place outdoors. It's recommended to purchase your rental online ahead of time. Day or seasonal passes can be purchased for access to their trail network. Check out a map of trails here.

Gore Mountain's Nordic Center

Location: North Creek

Details: You can explore the trails at Gore Mountain's Nordic Center, where snowshoers are welcome on all terrain (just stay along the sides of the cross-country ski trails) as well as a Snowshoe Hill. These are well-groomed, well-lit trails with snowmaking capabilities. See a map here.

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center

Location: Northville

Details: Lapland Lake has been named #4 out of the Top 10 Snowshoe-Friendly Nordic Centers in North America by Snowshoe Magazine. Enjoy 12km of marked and mapped dedicated snowshoe trails on their private property. The terrain ranges from flat to rolling hills to steep grades.

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park

Location: Pottersville

Details: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park offers 14.5 miles of snowshoeing trails to explore the old Sink Hole, the Beaver Stump Loop, or the Bobcat Ledges. See interesting geology, and check out their annual Stone Bridge Caveman 6K and 15K Extreme Snowshoe Races come February.

*Please note: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves Park is closed until mid-December 2020.

Adirondack Interpretive Center

Location: Newcomb

Details: The Adirondack Interpretive Center has 3.6 miles of interpretive trails on their 236-acre property and snowshoes are available to rent inside the center.

Blue Mountain Rest

Location: Blue Mountain Lake

Details: Blue Mountain Rest is a vacation lodge and rental agency that offers a snowshoe/cross-country ski special from December 15 to April 20. There are over 100 miles of trails in and around Blue Mountain Lake and Indian Lake.

Cascade Cross Country Ski Center

Location: Lake Placid

Details: Get snowshoe and ski rentals at Cascade Cross Country Ski Center, where they have 20km of groomed trails suitable for all skill levels.

Cunningham's Ski Barn

Location: North Creek & Lake Placid

Details: Cunningham's Ski Barn has two locations where they offer snowshoe and ski rentals. The North Creek location is just minutes from Gore Mountain and the Lake Placid location is close to Whiteface Mountain.

*Please note: Cunningham's Ski Barn offers rentals only.

High Peaks Information Center

Location: Lake Placid

Details: The High Peaks Information Center rents out snowshoes, cross-country skis, microspikes, and bear canisters. The Mount Jo Trail located at the center is considered a great choice for beginner snowshoers.

Lake Placid Club Nordic Center

Location: Lake Placid

Details: The Lake Placid Club Nordic Center offers daily snowshoe and ski rentals. They have 25km of groomed trails, views of the High Peaks, and are adjacent to the Jack Rabbit Ski Trail.

Lake Placid Ski & Board

Location: Lake Placid

Details: Snowshoe, ski, and snowboard rentals are offered at Lake Placid Ski & Board, located close to Whiteface Mountain. Rent for a day, a weekend, a week, or the entire season.

*Please note: Lake Placid Ski & Board offers rentals only.

Paul Smith's College VIC

Location: Paul Smiths

Details: Paul Smith's College VIC has a cross-country ski and snowshoe center with 20km of groomed trails for snowshoeing, classic skiing, and skate skiing; 40km of groomed and maintained trails for classic skiers and snowshoers; and 10km of maintained snowshoe-only trails. There's a range of trail difficulties and lengths.

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

Location: Lake Placid

Details: Mt. Van Hoevenberg offers guided snowshoe tours and rentals at the Olympic Sports Complex led by a professional guide. All 50km of their trails are available to snowshoers, and there are three designated snowshoe trails as well.

Whiteface Club & Resort

Location: Lake Placid

Details: The Nordic Center at Whiteface Club & Resort provides 15km of gentle sloping, professionally groomed, and track-set trails that intersect with the Jack Rabbit Trail. Tubbs snowshoes and Alpina ski equipment are available to rent.

Please Note: High Falls Gorge in Wilmington typically offers snowshoeing and rentals but they are closed for the 2020 to 2021 season. They plan to reopen on May 1, 2021.

More Places to Snowshoe Once You've Got Your Gear

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Camp Santanoni

Location: Newcomb

Details: The R.W. Rage Jr. Memorial Trail offers access to the Connector Trail that leads to Camp Santanoni, considered to be one of the most "sophisticated and distinguished" of the remaining Adirondack Great Camps. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are permitted on all the property's hiking trails, and three Camp Santanoni Winter Weekend events are held annually.

Caroline Fish Memorial Trail

Location: Chestertown

Details: The 2.6-mile Caroline Fish Memorial Trail is used for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Amy's Park

Location: Bolton Landing

Details: Amy's Park, owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy, consists of ponds, marshes, and forests. Snowshoeing is permitted on the four hiking trails.

Castle Rock Trail

Location: Blue Mountain Lake

Details: The 3-mile Castle Rock Trail is a moderate loop that offers a great view of Blue Mountain Lake, which is a sight to see when frozen. The hike to the summit is a fairly gently slope.

Cat & Thomas Mountains Preserves

Location: Bolton Landing

Details: Maintained by the Lake George Land Conservancy, the Cat and Thomas Mountains Preserves have well-marked trails and allow for snowshoeing.

Cole's Woods

Location: Queensbury

Details: Cole's Woods offers multiple trails for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snowshoers are asked to stick to the dedicated snowshoe trails. Park at the Fire Road or Aviation Mall parking lots for easy access to the snowshoe trails.

See a map of Cole's Woods trails »

Coney Mountain

Location: Tupper Lake

Details: Family-friendly Coney Mountain is considered an excellent choice for those new to snowshoeing.

Dynamite Hill Recreation Area

Location: Chestertown

Details: Dynamite Hill Recreation Center has a trail system with a variety of terrain for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, and hiking.

Fern Park Recreation Area

Location: Inlet

Details: Find fully-groomed, single and double track cross-country ski trails at Fern Park Recreation Area that are also open to snowshoers.

Hackensack Mountain Park

Location: Warrensburg

Details: Three trails make up 3.5 miles for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, and hiking at Hackensack Mountain Park. Pro tip: Stop by The Pizza Shop just down the road from the trailhead after your snowshoe adventure and pick up a Local Flavor.

Hudson River Recreation Area

Location: Warrensburg

Details: The Hudson River Recreation Area of Lake George Wild Forest (also known as Hudson River Special Management Area and Warren County Cross-Country Ski Trails) has about two miles of multi-use trails. In the winter you can see a great view of the frazil ice that forms on the river bank.

Jack Rabbit Ski Trail

Location: Lake Placid

Details: Maintained by the Barkeater Trails Alliance, this popular winter trail offers prime opportunities for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snowshoeing is permitted on all sections of the trail. As long as you stya on the marked Jack Rabbit Ski Trail you don't need to pay a fee to traverse the sections that lie within the groomed sections of Whiteface Club, Lake Placid Club, and Cascade X-C Ski Center.

Pack Demonstration Forest

Location: Warrensburg

Details: Trails at Pack Demonstration Forest are used for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, biking, and hiking. Pro tip: Make sure to check out the historic Grandmother Tree, part of the Warren County Tree Challenge.

South Meadow Road to Marcy Dam

Location: Lake Placid

Details: Located about 8 miles from the Marcy Dam summit, the South Meadow Road offers an alternative route to Marcy Dam and it's used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

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