This is a classic Adirondack hike to a historic 1916 fire tower, with expansive views in three directions, including Great Sacandaga Lake and numerous surrounding peaks. The hike itself is fairly steep and continuously uphill, with a brief break about a mile in. The trail is well-maintained, but much of it is on bare rock, so be sure to wear good shoes, especially in wet weather. A steward may staff the peak in summer and will answer questions from hikers.
Location: Tower Rd, Hadley
Parking and Directions:
Take the Northway to exit 21. Turn south on NY-9N towards Lake Luzerne for 9.9 miles. After the high school, turn right onto Mill St and continue onto Main St. Turn right on Bridge St and go over the bridge. Turn right onto Stony Creek Rd and continue for 4.3 miles. Turn right on Tower Rd (this is a dirt road) and continue for 1.6 miles. The parking lot and trailhead are well-marked, on the left.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 57.02 43 22.43
Things to Do Nearby: Visit the historic Bow Bridge between Hadley and Lake Luzerne. Launch a canoe or kayak from the Hadley Canoe Take-Out Park. Catch a Friday Night Concert at Sam Smead Park.