Enjoy Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing at These Glens Falls & North Country Area Trails
Cross-country skiing is one-of-a-kind in the North Country thanks to heavy snowfall as well as beautiful scenery. Not into skiing? Try snowshoeing! Snowshoes allow you to hike in the winter without having your feet sink into the snow. Check out popular local areas for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing below.
Cole's Woods near Crandall Park features multiple trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Snowshoers are asked to stay on the dedicated snowshoe trails, and no walking, sledding, or pets are allowed on the groomed ski trails.
Gurney Lane Recreation Area in Queensbury has trails for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trails vary in length from .3 to 1.2 miles long, making this a great place for beginners and those looking for a fun day trip outdoors.
Editor's Note 10/19/20 3:55pm: Natural Stone Bridge & Caves is closed for the season. They will reopen mid-December when there is enough snow for the snowshoe trails.
Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park in Pottersville, a little over 30 minutes from Glens Falls, features outdoor adventures during the summer and fantastic snowshoeing tours throughout winter. With paid admission to the park, you can explore over 14 miles of marked trails. The winter season usually runs from mid-December through mid-March. Tours are self-guided.
Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville, about an hour from Glens Falls, is worth the drive. Many of the trails at Lapland Lake are one-way, which provides cross-country skiers and snowshoers a much more private experience. Lodging guests can use these trails for free, and for everyone else, facility use rates vary.
North Creek Ski Bowl, located adjacent to Gore Mountain, is a great place to go for both cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Trails at the Ski Bowl vary in length, and snowshoers are asked to stay alongside the ski trails. North Creek is about 45 minutes from Glens Falls.
Garnet Hill Lodge in North River, less than an hour from Glens Falls, offers fun cross-country skiing adventures over miles of backcountry ski trails. In addition, there are 6 different snowshoe trails that intertwine with the rest of the trail network.
Lake George Recreation Center maintains groomed, marked trails that are suitable for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Most of the trails range in difficulty from beginner to intermediate.
Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs is a popular spot during the winter season for cross-country skiing on approximately 12 miles of trails. You can even go snowshoeing on some of the park's trails if you'd like.
Kingsbury National Golf Club (Hudson Falls)
Editor's Note 10/20/20 8:05am: Fire Rock is closed from October 31 - November 26, 2020 and will reopen on Thanksgiving for family-style takeout.
Kingsbury National Golf Club in Hudson Falls welcomes both cross-country skiers and snowshoers. After enjoying an exhilarating ski or snowshoe around their marked trail, warm up inside Fire Rock, the club's on-site restaurant.