To explore means to step outside the familiar. It’s not repeating what you’ve done in the past and embracing something new. It’s going beyond Interstate highways and corporate hotels and venturing into places that are off the beaten path, relatively unknown, and naturally untouched. Introducing Washington County in Upstate NY.
Washington County is full of crossroads. It’s where the mid-Atlantic meets New England. It’s where the Adirondack Mountains meet the bustling activity of artisan farmlands. It’s where the breathtaking scenes of Lake George’s undeveloped east shore turn into museums, theaters, and restaurants that bend the past, present, and future. Washington County quietly features parts of history you didn’t know exist, from the Revolutionary War site of Battle Hill to the childhood home of Susan B. Anthony to Whitehall Armory, recognized as the birthplace of the Navy.
One of the most memorable parts of any Washington County adventure is not only what you see, but how you explore it. Your car or motorcycle will likely enter our region via one of our panoramic roads that link up with scenic drives, such as the historic military sites on the Mohegan Trail or the spectacular mountain scenery of the Central Adirondack Trail. That’s just the beginning of a Washington County adventure:
Hike with the entire family
Black Mountain, our most popular hiking option, is a 2.5-mile trail perfect for novice adventurers. Another family-friendly trail is Pilot Knob Preserve, which can be completed in about 45 minutes. Buck Mountain is a 3.3-mile, dog-friendly trail that offers an almost 360-degree view of Lake George.
Bike among the best
Washington County’s bicycle routes feature both suburban and rural scenery, while always highlighting the beauty of Upstate New York. While summer is always a popular time for family-friendly biking, you’ll also want to venture back in the autumn. Our bike trails offer one of the best ways to view the full spectrum of New York’s classic fall foliage. Advanced bikers will want to check out the Tour of the Battenkill. Held every spring, it’s the largest pro-amateur bicycle road race in North America.
Make a splash
Water has always been one of Washington County’s signature attractions. No matter what level of difficulty you’re seeking, swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking can all be enjoyed on Eastern New York’s vast network of lakes, rivers, canals, and ponds. There’s nothing quite like taking in the view of the Adirondacks from the center of Lake George — the 32-mile long “Queen of American Lakes” — or the enjoyment of floating under a covered bridge on the Battenkill. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of summer. Each winter Washington County converts into one of the best kept secrets for snowmobilers, as well cross-country and alpine skiers.
If you’re ready to go beyond the predictable day trip, weekend getaway, or outdoor vacation, visit www.washingtoncounty.fun to explore Washington County’s four seasons of family-friendly destinations and activities.