Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is a popular year-round vacation destination. In summer, people flock there for the lake culture and incredible hiking opportunities, while in winter, there’s downhill skiing at Whiteface, plus numerous other snow sports activities. Lake Placid also hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, and many of the venues are still in use today. The situation for running in Lake Placid is a bit of a mix. There aren’t that many scenic/runnable roads. But there is an abundance of trail running options for all abilities.
The best place to run in Lake Placid is the loop around Mirror Lake. Another favorite is our ‘town tour’ of Main St. and the principal Olympic sites. For a longer road run, locals head to River Rd., which tends to be quieter. For easy to moderate trail running near town, we recommend the John Brown Farm Trails, Henry’s Woods, Heaven Hill Trails, the Jackrabbit Trail, White Face Landing, Peninsula Trails, Beaver Brook Trails, and Blueberry Hill.
Runners should note that winters in Lake Placid can very cold and snowy, so come prepared. Also, some trails might be given over to X-C skiing.