Located just south of the great and wild Adirondack State Park, Saratoga Springs offers a great variety of hikes to those looking to get out and enjoy the fresh Upstate New York air. With small mountains and plenty of lakes, there's ample opportunity to summit some peaks and scope out a great view of the area. Our boutique Saratoga Springs hotel The Downtowner is a luxurious place to return to after a day on the trail. If you're looking to do some hiking on your next stay, check out these three day hikes near Saratoga Springs.
This whole state park is great for exploring with 25 miles of trails. But one of the more popular hikes in the park is the Indian Ladder Trail, a 4-mile round trip hike that has incredible views, waterfalls, and even the promise of some fossil hunting. Don't be intimidated by the steep stairs at the start of the trail—the trail has a gentle grade as it follows limestone cliffs that overhang the trail. Caves and crevices are great for exploring, and the spectacular views during the whole hike cannot be understated, especially during the fall foliage season.
Although it's a bit of a drive from Saratoga Springs (just over an hour), this natural waterfall is worth the trek. With a 2-mile hike to the summit of Shelving Rock on an old carriage trail, this is a great hike for families and beginner hikers. The slope is a gentle rise to the summit with great views of Lake George. Afterward, head down another trail along the falls to relax and even swim on those warm upstate summer days.
This 1,500-foot mountain is about 45 minutes north of downtown Saratoga Springs, with a 2-mile trail to the summit. Some large rock steps make this trail feel steeper than it is, but once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with views of the Eastern high peaks in Adirondack State Park. The summit also has an old fire tower, leftover from the late 1800s when several forest fires devastated the area. The tower is open is available to climb, affording a spectacular 360-degree view of the area.