Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails – Lake Placid, NY

Posted on: June 29th, 2014 by Erin Weir No Comments

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Lake Placid and the surrounding area offer tons of great hiking! One fun trail to hike is the Brewster Peninsula Nature Trail.

The trailhead is behind the Howard Johnson’s, but don’t let that fool you! This system of trails has plenty to offer.  It winds through the forest all the way to the shores of Lake Placid, offering miles of gorgeous views and pleasant scenery.

The hike is not especially rigorous and can be enjoyed by casual hikers.  During winter the trails are sometimes used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.   In summer it’s a great place for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. It is also  perfect for a leisurely walk through the woods, especially if you’re looking for a trail that will allow you to walk right up to the edge of Lake Placid.

There are tons of different trails to check out! The initial trail, called the Corridor Trail, leads to all the other three trails.  It ends at the start of Ridge Trail, after about .75 miles.

The Boundary Trail connects to both Ridge Trail and Corridor Trail. It is very flat and about 0.9 miles one way.


The Lake Shore Trail leads to Lake Placid and wonders along its shore, ending at the dam.  The trail is more rocky than other trails, but certainly offers the best views!  It is 0.4 miles one way.

The Ridge Trail starts at the end of Corridor Trail and ascends to the top of a long ridge.  It drops quickly about 20 ft before descending into the forest and connecting to Boundary Trail.  It is 0.7 miles one way.

The Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails are a great way to spend a morning or afternoon.  They can be enjoyed by casual walkers and experienced hikers alike.  Whether you’re hoping to get fabulous views of Lake Placid or just stretch your legs a little, you can find something to enjoy at these trails.  And with each trail being so short you can easily complete them in an afternoon.  It’s a great way to get in touch with the Adirondacks!

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