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A Guide to Hiking in the Adirondacks


Family Hiking
What better way to bond with family members than hiking the Adirondacks?
What better way to bond with family members than hiking the Adirondacks?
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There are few activities as wholesome and healthy as a group hike. The Adirondacks has a number of family friendly trails and areas. Gurney Lane Nature Trail offers a 1.3-mile (2.1-kilometer) educational nature walk through a wilderness park, complete with info kiosks and viewpoints. The end reward: a trout-stocked pond for fishing.

Sawyer Mountain is a good hike for beginners or families with children. A little over a mile (1.6 kilometers), it leads to a real summit of a moderate elevation of 630 feet (192 meters). Go past the forested summit a bit to find a rock ledge with great views of the area. With Panther Mountain, the ascent is fast and the peak less than a mile away, making it an ideal, morning-long hike for any family. Round trip, it's a little over a mile and a half (2.4 kilometers).

Roaring Brook Falls has family activities as well as family-appropriate hiking. In addition to shorter trails, there's a waterfall, which older family members can hike up via a steep rock face. The trail that leads to the falls is wide, flat and easy for children.


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