Discover the best hidden gem locations in the Adirondacks for an unforgettable trip.
Cobble Lookout in Wilmington is a newer trail in the Adirondacks. Located just past the start of the Whiteface Memorial Highway Toll Road, the trail starts on Gillespie Drive, where you'll find a small parking area, and meanders for 1.3 miles to an overlook that rewards with stunning views for minimal effort. Pack a picnic and enjoy the view! Great hike to do with kids or inexperienced hikers. Remember to practice Leave No Trace principles when spending time in the Adirondacks.
Moose Island on Lake Placid is the larger of the two islands in Lake Placid Lake, features two first-come, first-served lean-tos for overnight camping. These tucked-away lean-tos are just secret enough that they aren't claimed very often. We think they make an excellent basecamp for a day of exploring on the lake. Pack a cooler full of locally made delicacies, drinks, and paddle or boat out to Moose Island. Go during the week and feel like you have the lake to yourself – even in the middle of summer.
Middle Saranac Lake
Middle Saranac Lake just outside of Saranac Lake's downtown dining and shopping district – about 8.5 miles toward Tupper Lake on Route 3 – find the perfect Adirondack swimming spot. A short, half-mile hike from the parking lot brings you to a wide sandy beach with shallow water at the shoreline, perfect for families with little ones who love to build sandcastles. It's also a great place to bring your dog for a short hike and a rewarding swim. Bring beach blankets and plan to spend a day soaking up the sun!
Raquette River Brewing
Raquette River Brewing is a Tupper Lake hotspot where summer and fall crowds enjoy gathering together over a pint at outdoor tables and ordering delicious food from the array of food trucks on site. Until the brewery reopens for regular service, the owners are offering curbside service seven days a week from noon until 8 pm. Order a six pack of Mango Wheat and enjoy with your favorite takeout in a secret spot of your choosing.
These are just a handful of the Adirondacks' secret spots. Keep your eyes open when traveling through the region – you never know when a trailhead or boat launch is going to catch your eye and beckon you to stop what you're doing and start exploring.