The Lake Placid Region is in the northern Adirondacks and extends from the coast of Lake Champlain where American Revolution battles were waged, to Schroon Lake where a pristine wilderness hugs the lakeside village, to awesome biking, outstanding alpine skiing, and world-class fly fishing in the Ausable River of the Whiteface Region, to the highest peaks of New York and the historic Adirondack destinations of Keene, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake.
The Adirondacks boast over 3,000 lakes and ponds and more than 30,000 miles of streams feeding 6,000 miles of rivers. Experience the intensity of the rivers on a whitewater rafting adventure or paddle our peaceful lakes and rivers and spot rare Adirondack birds and other wildlife. As the snow starts to fall our summer activities transition into winter favorites including skating, skiing, and snowshoeing.
The Adirondack High Peaks
Each one of the Adirondacks’ 46 High Peaks boasts an elevation over 4,000 feet — the tallest is Mount Marcy, which towers 5,343 feet above sea level. Mount Marcy is also home to Lake Tear of the Clouds, the highest lake in New York state at 4,292 feet, and the source of the Hudson River. There are over 2,000 miles of designated High Peaks hiking trails, providing access to and spectacular views of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
Offering fresh air, spectacular views and a variety of Adirondack attractions, the High Peaks Region will appeal to people of all ages and interests. In Lake Placid and the surrounding towns, visitors can climb the state’s tallest mountains and explore the quiet wooded forests.
LEG 1: ACTIVITY (choose one)
Body of Water – Mirror Lake
Start/End Point – Lake Placid Public Beach
Adirondack Rafting Company
Enjoy 15+ miles of whitewater through the Hudson River Gorge, the largest protected wilderness area in New York State.
John Brown Farm State Historic Site
Home and grave site of the abolitionist, John Brown, who famously led a group of people to steal arms from the U.S. Arsenal at Harper’s Ferry on October 16, 1859.
Lake Placid Olympic Sites
Lake Placid hosted the Winter Olympics in 1932 and 1980. Be where the Miracle on Ice happened. Test your ice skating skills. Bring your mountain bike in the summer and take up a different multisport combination, summer biathlon.
Saranac Laboratory Museum
The Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. THis 1894 building was painstakingly restored and opened as a museum in 2009.
Try out the Lake Placid bobsled experience. Hike, drive, or bike your way to the top of the fifth-highest peak in New York State.