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Lake Placid, NY

The Best Places to Run in the Lake Placid Area, Includng Some Trail Running Options

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.

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River Road

Lake Placid, NY

Best bet for an easy-to-follow longer road run in Lake Placid. River Rd. runs for 4 miles and has intermittent water views and some nice open sections. For a 10-miler, start from town and do a loop returning on Rt. 86.

Lake Placid has delightful summers and cold, snowy winters. In summer, average highs are in the 75F (24C) range and it can be humid. Nights can cool off — a layer might be needed any time of year. Autumn is crisp and the colors gorgeous. Winter is the real deal — in fact, Lake Placid is a very popular winter running destination. Average high temperatures in winter are 26F (-4C), with nights dipping to just above zero (-15C). Annual snowfall ranges from 100-125 inches (250-320mm). Bring winter running gear!!


Lake Placid is a popular vacation spot, so there’s no shortage of places to stay. If staying right in town, there’s access to several of our centrally located running routes and some great running trails nearby.

The Fallen Arch on Main St. is the principal running gear store in Lake Placid. They’re an institution, and very plugged into the local running scene. They also run events and sports camps.

Lake Placid running calendar, courtesy of The Fallen Arch.