Recreation Spotlight: Low Elevation Hikes for the Shoulder Season –


It’s stick season in the Adirondacks. As with any change of season, variable conditions can greatly affect the condition of the trails. Consider choosing a low-altitude hike or interpretive trail over the next few weekends to avoid inclement weather and trail conditions.

The Adirondack Day Hikes website has many great low elevation options. Here are a few to consider this coming weekend:

Felsenseeweg – Just 1.6 miles round trip, the shores of Rock Lake offer beautiful scenery at a very accessible distance and low elevation. This would be a safe hike before the rain hits for the weekend.

John Brown Farm Historic Site – The home and gravesite of historic abolitionist John Brown also hosts several fun walking trails through the property. Offering a gentle incline for all ages and skill levels, these trails are a great low-altitude option for hiking, bird-watching, and enjoying the scenery despite the weather.

Paul Smith College (VIC) Visitor Interpretation Center – Paul Smith’s VIC has 25 miles of trails including 6 miles of interpretive trails on 3,000 acres of land. The trails meander through forests, swamps, ponds, streams and bogs. Many have turned up for easy walking. The trail system offers a unique look at a variety of Adirondack ecosystems with easy access and safe off-season trail conditions.

Photo above courtesy of the DEC.