Lake Placid, NY

Trail Running Options Near Lake Placid

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There is a wealth of trail running opportunities in the Lake Placid area. Here are a few good options for runners of all abilities within a few miles of town.

John Brown Farm Trails. 4 miles of trails at this historic farm a couple of miles from town. Nice, open terrain. The Potato Farm Loop is 1.8 miles. Combine with Henry’s Woods,  just 1 mile away! TRAIL MAP

Henry’s Woods. Some nice trails mainly through woods. Most are wide with decent footing, but there are some that are more challenging. Best bet is to combine the 2-mile Loop Trail with the 1-mile Plateau Trail. It’s off Old Military Rd. Combine with John Brown Farm Trails, just 1 mile away! TRAIL MAP

Heaven Hill Trails. Just down Bear Cub Rd. from Henry’s Woods, there are ~4 miles of trails here. Our favorite is the 1.4 mile Old Orchard Loop, which is more open and has great views.

Jackrabbit Trail. From the Cobble Mountain Lodge off SR 86, this trail runs through the woods on the north side of the Lake Placid Club golf course. It’s ~2 miles out and back.

Peninsula Trails. 2-3 miles of trails just off Rt. 86. Not very hilly but footing can be rocky. Nice views of the Lake Placid Dam at the end of the trails. TRAIL INFORMATION & MAP

Whiteface Landing. Near the intersection of Rt. 86 & River Rd. This is a popular hike/trail run, following an old road for 3 miles to the shore of West Lake. It’s a decent 300-foot climb between miles 1 and 2. Mostly decent footing with a couple of rocky spots. ROUTE MAP

Beaver Brook Trail System. Located in Wilmington 14 miles northeast of Lake Placid, this trail system has ~10 miles of trails for trail runners of all abilities. Mainly wooded. Take Rt. 86 to Hardy Rd. and drive for 2.2. miles to a parking lot. TRAIL INFORMATION AND MAP

Blueberry Hill Trails. Located in Elizabethtown, 25 miles east of Lake Placid. Several miles of flat and hilly trails on land donated by the Holst Family back in 1980s. TRAIL MAP

Note: River Rd. has either a soft shoulder or no shoulder, but not too much traffic. Rt. 86 is busier but has a shoulder.