Terrain Treks

Part of the fun of visiting a scenic wonderland like northern Franklin County is simply being outside. For people in search of wide-open spaces, enchanting views, and fragrant forests, the region has plenty of hikes to fit the bill. 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 in Chateaugay, where you can enjoy a scenic waterfall; nearby Azure Mountain, which has one of the last remaining fire towers in the Adirondacks and provides excellent views of the surrounding wilderness; and the educational walks available at the Paul Smiths College VIC (Visitor Interpretive Center).

Hikes outside of the High Peaks

Hikes outside of the High Peaks, en Francais

Before heading out, be sure to review Leave No Trace ethics to ensure you're protecting the Adirondacks for future generations! The DEC is a great resource for more outdoor recreation related information.

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. 

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Nature and education: Welcome to the VIC! The Paul Smith's College VIC offers year-round environmental education and outdoor recreation... Read More
Bombay & Brasher State Forests The Bombay & Brasher State Forests offer a reforestation area of 22,242 acres. Trails are marked... 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
Hiking 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.... 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
Walk this square, which is a 1.4 mile loop. Interesting architecture and three river crossings make this one lively and interesting. At... Read More
Hiking From the trailhead you will have to walk up the dirt road for a short distance to the foot trail on the right. The trail starts off... Read More
Debar Pond is a long and narrow glacial lake with seemingly cool water all year. Sheltered by Debar and Baldface Mountains it has calm... Read More
Hiking Mileage Round Trip: 1.4 miles Elevation: 1,980 feet Level: Easy to moderate, with staircase at its steepest Getting there: ... Read More
Hiking Flat broad paths end at a viewing station at the edge of a bog, where there is an interpretive sign about its lifecycle.... Read More
Park on the street and go to the back of the St. George Catholic Church parking lot, where there is a pedestrian gate and several hiking... 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
Hiking This hike offers an incredible view from the 1917 restored fire tower. As always, this mountain is the place to go for views that... Read More
Hiking From the VIC parking area, cross the paved road and locate the gated woods road which will be to your right and a bit further down... Read More
Hiking Floodwood Mountain is an excellent hike for the entire family. The terrain is moderate with only a short amount of steep sections.... 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
This is a 1.5 mile round-trip hike over level ground. Follow the blue markers to to falls. A curtain slide type with a thirty foot drop... Read More
This round trip can take only .75 a mile round trip, or expand into the adjoining area. The trail has less than 100 feet elevation change. ... Read More
Hiking This is an amazing tumble of river rocks with a hiking path alongside the most scenic parts. Take care, as the rocks here can be... Read More
Birding This beautiful area of state lands has exceptional birding. Look for Common Loons, Common Mergansers, and American Black Duck.... Read More
There are amazing architectural features in Malone's downtown buildings. The Franklin County Historical and Museum Society has compiled 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
(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
Passing through an attractive wetland area almost immediately from the parking lot, you will enjoy the sounds of local wild birds singing... 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
Hiking Skiff Pond Trail extends 2.8 miles from the eastern Debar Trailhead and reconnects with the Debar Trail approximately 2.3 miles... 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