Calling All Adventurers
Nestled among the foothills of the Adirondacks, Franklin County’s many peaks and lakes make it an outdoor lover’s paradise. Our four stunning seasons allow for activities from kayaking, hiking and fishing to skiing, snowshoeing and everything in between. In Franklin County, you can breathe easy while embarking on new adventures and taking in the natural beauty of the region. When you visit, you get a taste of our incomparable lifestyle. Picture your lunch break at the lake, your early morning workout on the mountains, or your weekends in the wilderness. Adirondack hiking trails of varying mileage await explorers, and Adirondack canoe trips are just a short drive away for adventurous outdoor enthusiasts.
- Hiking & Biking
- Boating & Paddling
- Winter Adventure
Unlimited Opportunity for Adventure
With an abundance of Adirondack hiking trails, Franklin County offers some of the best outdoor experiences in the state. Picturesque waterfalls and mountaintop views await adventurers, no matter how you plan to get there – by foot, bike or horse. Challenge yourself to the Tupper Lake Triad hiking challenge, or choose an easy walk on one of our family-friendly nature trails. For a real challenge, head to the High Peaks Region and start working on the 46 High Peaks. Or try Baker Mountain, a 1.8-mile round-trip trail that provides stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. This hike is an 890-foot ascent to a 2,457-foot peak.
Whether you’re looking for mountain biking or road cycling, we’ve got miles of trails for you to explore. Dear Pond Loop, Otter Hollow Loop, Horseshoe/Lows Dam, and the Adirondack Trail Scenic Byways are all excellent options for bikers that allow you to choose your own distance and pace. Looking to try something new? Mayville’s Relax & Ride Stables is the perfect place for horseback riders of all experience levels, and seven different trail riding options.
Out on the Open Water
Adirondack canoe trips abound in Franklin County, not to mention kayaking and paddle boarding as well. With no shortage of lakes in Franklin County, you’ll never be bored. Big Tupper Lake, the largest body of water in the Tupper Lake area, spans an impressive 9 miles in length and offers over 28 miles of beautiful shoreline to explore. Lake Flower, located in the center of downtown Saranac Lake, offers over 24 miles of navigable Adirondack lakes and waterways. Venture further up and explore Chateaugay or Meachem Lake, or enter the Adirondack Park to access hundreds of miles of navigable waterways. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing evening boat cruise on the lake, fishing on the river, or an action-packed afternoon of tubing and water skiing, Franklin County has it all.
Year-Round Outdoor Fun
Here in Franklin County, the fun doesn’t stop when the weather gets cold. In fact, there are just as many exciting outdoor activities to partake in during the winter! Choose your adventure, from cross-country skiing and downhill skiing to ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and more. Titus Mountain Family Ski Center in Malone is the ultimate family-friendly Adirondack ski destination. Titus features three mountains and 50 trails, with 10 lifts, 2 lodges, a learning center, rental center and 2,025-foot summit. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, visitors can enjoy the snow tubing park. Ice fishing is a popular winter activity at the abundant lakes and ponds across our county. The Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby is a great way to get started, or ask one of our local guides for information. The Tupper Lake Snowmobile Club is a unique way to get involved in the community and have fun while you’re at it!