Hiking

Terrain Treks

Where the country begins, waterfalls, fire towers, scenic lakes, and mountain views await. This is also a great starting place to access the hiking trails of the Adirondack Park. Just a short drive from the village of Malone with its vibrant downtown buildings and the surrounding farmland, you'll encounter a variety of trails and varied mountain terrain. Some of our favorite hikes include: High Falls Park, where you can enjoy a scenic waterfall; nearby Lyon Mountain which has one of the last remaining fire towers and is the highest point in the county, providing an impressive 360 degree panoramic view from the top of the tower; and the educational walks available at the Paul Smiths College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center).

Gearing up

Whether you are looking for a family-friendly outing, a romantic picnic with a significant other, a trail-running workout with your four-legged friend, or to hike a high peak, Malone is a great starting point for a memorable trek. Pick a place to stay for your trip and browse Malone's dining options. If you do have a picnic in mind consider a stop at one of the many local farmstands or plan a trip to the farmers' market. 

The trail register is located near the yellow state gate. From here, you will begin a mellow hike along an old carriage road for 1.2 miles... Read More
The Sheep Meadow Trail is used more often as a cross-country ski trail but it is a very attractive walk in the area and not demanding. You... Read More
Jenkins Mountain From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will be to your right and a bit... Read More
There are amazing architectural features in Malone's downtown buildings. The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society has compiled a... Read More
The Kettle Trail is an out and back hike built for equine use. The other end of the trail will reach another access point along McColloms... Read More
(1 mile RT, moderate) Take NY 30 to Route 41 (Fayetteville Road) heading east. Turn right at Studley Hill Road. Go south for approximately... Read More
This is a fine trek for the wilderness minded. The trail is reached by a paddle across Long Pond to Mountain Pond, and then taking an... Read More
This small mountain has no definitive trail to the summit, but due to its open forest anatomy it is an easy hike. With no trail it is... Read More
This destination lies off any developed and mapped trail system; the use and understanding of GPS and/or map and compass is highly... Read More
This is a 1.5 mile hike RT over level ground. Follow the blue markers to to falls. A curtain slide type with a thirty foot drop and lots... Read More
Start along the trail toward Debar Mountain which also doubles as a snowmobile trail. Pass by the Debar Mountain Trail which will split off... Read More
The Pinnacle is what could be considered a hidden gem. Even though it has a well-developed state trail and has been around for quite some... Read More
This small mountain has no definitive trail to the summit but there is a nice herd path used by locals that access the summit. With no... Read More
For a long time, Loon Lake Mountain was closed to the public and only accessible via a bushwhack, but now it’s open and there is a nice... Read More
This is 2.2 miles of river crossings, quiet neighborhoods, and the scenery of the Malone Rec Park. The park itself can be expanded by... Read More
This small mountain has no definitive trail to the summit but due to its open forest anatomy it is an easy hike to the summit. With no... Read More
Passing through an attractive wetland area almost immediately from the parking lot you will enjoy the sounds of local wild birds singing... Read More
(1.5 mile loop, easy) Follow Route 11b through East Dickinson and into St. Regis Falls. Turn at the dam and pumphouse and take Port Kent Rd... Read More
(.5 miles, RT, easy) Located on the Hewitt Rd. in St. Regis Falls, this is a level walk on a road to views of the waterfalls and rapids on... Read More
This loop trail gets modest use at best, but its layout is quite attractive and not all that demanding. If you love remote hiking and... Read More
Walk this 2 mile triangle of stately homes and Arsenal Green Park.  Start at the corner of Elm & Main, proceeding along Elm, passing... Read More
This is an amazing tumble of river rocks with a hiking path alongside the most scenic parts. At the namesake Split Rock there is the... Read More
This short trail is located at the back of the small sandpit area. The trail is slightly downhill with decent footing. It leads to the... Read More
Constructed in the fall of 2014, this new trail is sure to become very popular because it is only one mile with little climbing to a... Read More
This paved loop starts at the Duane St Pavilion, near the parking lot. Follow the path over the bridge and let it take you through the... Read More
This trail is not marked but is very easy to follow as it is the remnants of an old forest road. If you are a birding fan this trail might... Read More
This round trip can take only .75 a mile round trip, or expand into the adjoining area. Trial has less than 100 feet elevation change. ... Read More
This is a mile, or two mile, round trip, depending on whether or not we take the forest trail. Take the paved path clockwise from the... Read More
This charming park has a parking area marked with many stones from the old mills. These round wheels would grind local grain into flour.... Read More
This hike offers an incredible view from the 1917 restored fire tower and a new trail (from 2008) that is a mile longer, but much easier... Read More
This lovely trail, a 2.3 mile loop, follows along the shore of Black Pond, with many scenic spots and a wonderful mix of glacial boulders,... Read More
St Regis Mountain is not too difficult for older children and inexperienced hikers, yet offers a full mountain experience with celebrated... Read More
The road is an easy walk if you need to do such, but this is only if your car will not pass by the exposed rocks and small wet sections.... Read More
Walk this square that is a 1.4 mile loop. Interesting architecture and three river crossings make this one lively and interesting. At the... Read More
Park on the street and go to the back of the church parking lot. There is a pedestrian gate and several hiking paths. The furthest path... Read More
This trail is not heavily used but it does get some attention from hunters (during the season) and from fishermen. Even though it's mainly... Read More