Community activities for families and students

We hope our families and community members take advantage of the variety of activities being offered in and around the Queensbury community.


Hiking

Winter biking rentals

Adirondack Sports

Adirondack Sports & Fitness is an outdoor recreation and fitness magazine covering the Adirondack Park and greater Capital-Saratoga-Glens Falls-Queensbury region of New York State. This is a free publication that lists individual and family-friendly outdoor activities offered throughout the year in our immediate and surrounding areas.

Snowshoeing

Lake George region

Discover a new activity, get some exercise, and reconnect with nature this winter by giving snowshoeing a try. You can start by renting a pair at one of the following places, all of which are less than an hour from Lake George. If you can’t snowshoe at the rental location we provide a suggestion for snowshoeing trails close by.

North of Lake George: snowshoe in the Adirondacks

Friends Lake Inn (Chestertown)

If you want to make an overnight trip out of a snowshoeing excursion Friends Lake Inn has snowshoes available for guests to use on their 16km of trails. Take advantage of one of their snowshoeing winter packages.

Beaver Brook Outfitters (Wevertown)

Beaver Brook Outfitters offers snowshoe, ski, and snowboard rentals at their Wevertown location. You can rent by the day, rent for several days, or rent for the entire season. Pack Demonstration Forest in Warrensburg is about 15 minutes from Beaver Brook and has a 1-mile nature trail loop that allows for snowshoeing.

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves (Pottersville)

Natural Stone Bridge & Caves offers 14.5 miles of snowshoe trails that provide interesting geological structures along the way. Self-guided tours are available on weekends from mid-December through early March and they have snowshoe rentals available. They also typically have a snowshoe race in February.

Bonus tip: Two of the Chester Challenge trails (there is a winter edition of the challenge) are only accessible through Natural Stone Bridge & Caves.

Gore Mountain (North Creek)

Gore Mountain offers snowshoe rentals in addition to downhill and cross-country skis. Their Nordic Center features a wide range of well-designed trails, some of which are snowshoe-only, and some of which are shared with cross-country skiers.

Garnet Hill Lodge (North River)

The snowshoe trail system at Garnet Hill Lodge has 6 routes that intertwine with their Nordic ski trails offering a total of 15km of snowshoeing terrain. Their staff can provide you with the right equipment, techniques, and trail routes to get you started. Garnet Hill also typically offers guided snowshoe and cross-country ski tours on weekends in the winter.

Cunningham’s Ski Barn (North Creek)

Cunningham’s Ski Barn offers downhill ski, cross-country ski, and snowshoe rentals. You can rent for the day or two days, or if you go for more the additional days are discounted. They have 25km of cross-country trails at Beaver Meadows just outside of North Creek; they also have a Lake Placid location.

Up Yonda Farm (Bolton Landing)

Up Yonda Farm in Bolton Landing offers snowshoe rentals but you must stick to the trails on their own property. They typically offer guided snowshoeing hikes.

South of Lake George

Inside Edge Ski & Bike (Queensbury)

Inside Edge Ski & Bike is situated right across the street from the entrance to Cole’s Woods, which has dedicated snowshoe trails (and cross-country ski trails, but they are not shared; snowshoers are asked to stick to the snowshoe trails). Inside Edge offers snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals. 10% discount with school I.D. for families

Alpine Sports Shop (Saratoga Springs)

Alpine Sports Shop offers Tubbs snowshoe rentals in all sizes along with downhill and cross-country skis. They currently take appointments for shopping and fittings due to a limited maximum of 20 customers in the store at a time. The shop is 10 minutes from Saratoga Spa State Park and 15 minutes from Wilton Wildlife Preserve, both of which allow snowshoeing.

Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park (Wilton) – Moonlight Snowshoe Walks

  • Friday, Feb. 26
  • Saturday, Feb. 27
  • Saturday, March 27
  • Sunday March 28

8-9 p.m. Registration is required, no walk-ins allowed due to COVID protocols. Snowshoes are available for rental. Call to reserve your spot (518) 450-0321 or email info@wiltonpreserve.org.

Find more snowshoe rental places in the Adirondacks.

Ice skating at Crandall Park

Upper Glen St., Route 9, Glens Falls, NY
(518) 615-0446

  • Outdoor skating rink on a frozen pond
  • Open daily – weather permitting, from dawn to dusk
  • Lighted
  • Cost: Free

Running activities and events

Founded in 1973 as The Adirondack Track Club to promote running on both a recreational and competitive basis, the name changed to The Adirondack Runners in 1983. The club sponsors 8 premier races during the year in the greater Glens Falls area. In addition, the club is the organizer of the Weekly Track Series during the summer. Monthly meetings are held the last Thursday of each month. Our Scholarship Fund makes awards at the end of each school year in a continuing effort to promote youth development. Our Development Fund is used to promote quality competition. Our club of 250+ members-strong, organizes and promotes year-round running and social activities to meet the needs of the competitive, recreational and novice “running athlete” in all of us.

Vendor fair

Every Saturday in February, the Wild West Ranch in Lake George is hosting a vendor fair for families from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mental health supports

Family movie nights with SEL themes

If you’re staying in, here are some great suggestions!

Inside Out

SEL Topic: Understanding Feelings and Emotions

Cool Runnings

SEL Topic: Growth Mindset

Remember the Titans

SEL Topic: Acceptance and Diversity

Hidden Figures

SEL Topic: Problem Solving and Perseverance

The Pursuit of Happiness

SEL Topic: Resiliency

The Lorax

SEL Topic: Respect and Social Justice

Up

SEL Topic: Friendship

Wonder

SEL Topic: Kindness

Walking trails

Halfway Brook Trail

A pretty two mile walk from Potter Road to Peggy Ann Road. Dog and kid friendly.

Gurney Lane Recreation Area

This Queensbury park offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors all year long. Over 13 miles of mountain biking trails from easy to difficult offer fun and challenging obstacles like hills, uneven terrain, rocks, and stumps. There are 4 miles of casual hiking nature trails and another mile of easy family hiking trails that are well-maintained for the use of strollers and wagons. All trails can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing as well.

VanDusen Preserve (Queensbury)

Hiking and snowshoeing at Queensbury Land Conservancy’s (QLC) off of West Mountain Road offers great opportunities for observing wildlife. The trail is well-marked and maintained, and is a 1 3/4 –mile round trip to the top of West Mountain. Offers views of Queensbury and Glens Falls.

Rush Pond Trail (Queensbury)

A 2.6-mile trail that runs right through the Rush Pond wetlands connects West Mountain Road and Fox Farm Road. Great for walking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing! This trail also links the Gurney Lane Recreation Area to the neighborhoods off of Aviation Road. You will enjoy fabulous opportunities to view wildlife in the wetlands.

Meadowbrook Nature Preserve

Interpretive signs teach you about habitats, plants and animals as you walk, hike, mountain bike, cross-country ski or snowshoe through this 2.5-mile nature trail system.

Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

83 acres provide 3 miles of interpretive trails perfect for walking, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Queensbury UFSD Campus XC Trails

Park in the rear lot on campus behind the elementary school and begin the trail at the east entrance of the woods, adjacent to the large course map. Follow the Blue Arrow markings on the trees, which will be the Varsity Cross Country Race Course to the woods exit for approximately 4,000 meters (2.50 miles) of wide, packed dirt trails with 2 nice hills!

Betar Byway Trail

The Betar Byway is a paved path that follows the shoreline of the Hudson River in the Village of South Glens Falls for approximately .6 mile. The SGF Beach Bikeway extension is a 1.3 mile gravel road on a wooded bluff overlooking the river. Together they offer a pleasant half-day of birding through several types of habitat.

Feeder Canal Towpath

The Glens Falls Feeder Canal Towpath is a 9.0 mile trail suitable for walking, running or biking from the Feeder Dam in Queensbury (parking lot at the dam) to Mullen Park in Fort Edward.

Cole’s Woods

In its 50th Anniversary, this pristine forest sanctuary located in Glens Falls, adjacent to and behind the YMCA, is used in the winter for both lighted snowshoeing and Nordic Skiing. In the spring, summer and fall months, the trail system is frequented by walkers, runners and mountain cyclists alike.