Numerous marked trails have been identified to provide the hiker with a route to scenic peaks, points of interest and other areas which surround Lake George. There are over 50 miles of foot trails marked with the trail markers. Here are some nearby Lake George and Adirondack hiking attractions:
–Prospect Mountain (8 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park) Round Trip on trail: 4 miles. Splendid panoramic views of Lake George and Lake George Village from the summit. Remnants of an early hotel and cog railway. In Lake George Village, turn west from Route 9 onto Montcalm St. and proceed 5 blocks to Cooper St., turning right one block to West St. and then left one block to Smith St. where you turn left again. Up a short distance is an elevated walkway that crosses over the Northway.
– Buck Mountain (14 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park) Trail is over 6 mi. The lovely sight of the mountains and boats makes for an excellent hike. Buck Mountain stands tall on the Eastern side of Lake George just below the narrows of the lake. There is a rocky summit with sweeping views from the west to the north. The summit is directly across the lake from the village of Bolton Landing and interesting views of the Sagamore Resort and Dome Island may be enjoyed looking East. Moving to the a smaller rocky area just north of the true summit exposes views of the Tongue Mountain Range, Shelving Rock Mt, Sleeping Beauty and Black Mt. in the distance. Views of the southern portion of Lake George including the village itself, can be seen on the approach near the summit on the trail from Pilot Knob. This is a popular summit and easily accessible without a long drive. Many hikers may be present on weekends throughout the summer months. Directions: Northway to Exit 21. Traveling on Route 9L along the east side of Lake George, turn left onto Pilot Knob Rd. for 3 miles to sign. (Follow yellow DEC markers where indicated.)(Courtesy summitpost.org)
– Crane Mountain Loop (16.5 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park) From the trail head register (20 ft from the north end of the parking area) the sign indicates 1.8 to the summit and 1.4 to Crane Mt Pond along the right trail. The left trail leads 1 mile to the Putnum Junction and 1.9 miles to the pond. Climbing the more direct right trail to the summit, the first view is on the left at about .5 miles on a side trail. At .7 miles a junction is reached with the trail going left .4 miles directly to the pond. Continue to the right to reach the summit. Just before the summit a ladder is placed to navigate up a rock ledge to the summit ridge. The summit is soon after at 1.4 miles. Once a fire tower stood here and the old remains of the foundation and ranger cabin are still to be found. The trail will continue over the summit ridge and drop steeply down to the pond. The trail leading left from the original trail head leads along an old road along Putnum Brook to the Putnum Junction. The trail turns right here and heads up to the pond. At this junction make sure to check out the cave under the natural rock bridge where Putnum Brook flows under the trail. It is easy to go under the trail here but caution must be used to descend into the cave where the stream disappears underground. Crane mountain is a fun, short hike. The peak offers views of Lake George, as well as views of Speculator, Snowy and several other mountains. On the horizon you can also see the Adirondack High Peaks in the distance. Doing the 4.9 mile loop hike via the pond is well worth the extra effort. To reach the trailhead from Rt 8 in Johnsburgh turn south onto South Johnsburgh Road. Then take a right on Garnet Lake Road in the Hamlet of Thurman. Travel 1.4 miles to a right hand turn with a Brown and Yellow DEC sign pointing the way to Crane Mt. This section of road is on dirt and can be rough at times so caution is advised. Continue 2 miles to a small dirt road on the right. This road can be very bad, and is sometimes flooded by beaver activity. You may chose to park here and walk the half mile to the trailhead parking area. If you do drive this section go very slow, watch the ruts and rocks in the road. The parking area has room for about a dozen cars.
–Hadley Mountain & Fire Tower (18 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park)Hadley Mountain is a popular short hike (1.8 miles) with outstanding views of the Southern Adirondack Mountains and especially the Great Sacandaga Lake. The only trail begins from the trailhead parking area, passing the Historical Marker and begins an immediate climb. The hiking register is reached within seconds of leaving the trailhead. A moderate climb following red trail markers leads through woodland on a mostly bedrock trail. Crossing back and forth over a small creek (dry in summer), the trail continues steeply past interesting boulders and cliffs to a level shoulder at about 1.0 mile. Following this brief gentle section the trail steepens and continues mostly on bedrock to the summit. Outstanding panoramas can be viewed from clearings along the final 0.5mile to the summit. Descent is via the same trail. The summit of Roundtop Mountain may be reached via a 0.8m bush whack from the summit of Hadley Mountain by heading NNE. In Winter this is a popular snow shoe trail due to access and length of trail to summit. Significant fires in the early 1900s resulted in the first fire tower being built in 1916. This wooden tower was replaced with a steel tower in 1920, followed by a staffed cabin for a ranger. The tower was closed in 1990, but restored and staffed seasonally beginning again in 1996. A historical marker was added to the site in 1999 detailing a brief history of the tower. Hadley Mountain is a mountain located in the southern Adirondacks of New York State. The Hadley Mountain Fire Observation Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 23, 2001 for its role as a Fire lookout tower with the New York State Forest Preserve. Hadley Mountain is the highest of the three peaks that form the West Mountain ridge. Located in the Town of Hadley, Saratoga County, New York, the trailhead parking area is located approximately 1.5 miles along Tower Road, which branches off from Hadley Hill Road. Trailhead parking can accommodate 10-15vehicles (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
–Inman Pond (26 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park) Round trip on trail: 3miles At the top, there is a beautiful view of the pond and surrounding forest. Activities on the trail include hiking, hiking with dogs, fishing, and back country camping. Parking is free and can support several cars including large vehicles and trailers. There are no restrooms or water. Beginning at Exit 20 of I-87 (Adirondack Northway), proceed north on Route 9 past the Factory Outlets to the traffic light. Turn right onto Route 149 east for 6 miles to reach Buttermilk Falls Road. Turning left, drive 6 miles to the lower HogtownTrailhead, located before Camp Little Notch, marked with the sign, CLN. Park on the right, somewhat north of the Butternut Brook Trailhead. Walking 1/2mile west, turn right on a road just before a bridge. The Inman Pond Trail begins here. Along the way you will sight a floating bog and an abandoned beaver dam. Blue Ledges(38 miles from Warrensburg Travel Park) 2 1/2 mile trail The trail to the Blue Ledges ends up at a beautiful spot on the Hudson River on the bank opposite the cliffs called the Blue Ledges. The river makes a right angle bend at this location and is filled with big boulders which depending on water level may be well above the flow or part of a huge white water. There is also a section of sandy bank shore for those who like to wade. The trailhead is along the North Woods Club Road (west off of Route 28N about 1.7 miles north ofMinerva) just before you reach Huntley Pond. The road is a good gravel road, except on days like the one that I traveled it, when they are regrading the surface. It dips down to cross the Boreas River which is an interesting place to stop and explore along the way. (Courtesy The Adirondack Mountain Club)