Explore the most popular Cross Country Skiing trails in Paul Smith's College Visitor Interpretive Center with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike with very little effort. This is definitely good for beginner hikers.

This trail is very scenic and peaceful, with some exceptional views of the bog and the brook. Not as many birds as we hoped for, but did see some warblers. Very relaxing and enjoyable time that I will treasure in my memory.

This was a great hike. I combined it with the loop around Black Pond which adds another 2.5 miles to the trip. The lean-to between Black Pond and Little BP is a great spot for lunch. Despite yesterday’s heavy rain the trail was well drained.

A fantastic and easy afternoon hike with the dog. It was moderately busy but quiet in most spots. Great views of the marsh and a small cataract. The trail is well marked with periodic informational placards, benches, and lookout decks.

Beautiful maintained trail. Perfect lunch at the lean to and back. We saw 6 people on the way back to the VIC center. Nice secret hike.

3 months ago

Nice well groomed trail. Mostly flat. First half is wooded and along the marsh. Second half is mostly in the woods. Lots of shade all around. Would be great for kids or dogs.

3 months ago

Terrific trail. Easy hike, great looks at different habitats and well maintained.

3 months ago

This is a great easy trail! We had beautiful views of the marsh and a lovey walk through the woods. The trail is very well maintained and 2 people can easily walk side by side. It’s mostly flat. It connects to several other trails, but some of them are closed this summer (2019) for logging. Check with the visitor’s center for closures. Also, the visitors center has a small library and art gallery. I would definitely come back!

4 months ago

Good afternoon jog, well maintained

7 months ago

Love the VIC. Our ‘go to’ place with our kids growing up. Will be taking my grandson here this summer.

8 months ago

Logger’s Loop and Easy Street we’re perfect for this beginner!

Easy, well groomed, well marked wide trail. Enjoyable, relaxing walk through forest, past water, with lookout points along the way.

Nice relaxing trail. Lovely forest and wildlife.

Great trail with the kids and not too hard on out of shape adults

Mon Jul 02 2018

Beautiful trail, very easy hike through a mix of terrain. Great for the family as we had 5, 7 and 10 year old's with us. Breathtaking views of the marsh with mountains in the background. An abundance of different birds and wildflowers to stop and identify. If you are in the area, this is a must do trail for any family whether you are a beginning hiker or an expert looking for relaxation. But, bring the bug spray!

Sat Aug 05 2017

Easy walk with wide, path softened with pine needles on the first half. Many beautiful views of the lake from well planned platforms. Excellent for seniors, children and joggers.

Nice easy walk. See a lot of variety. Enjoyed the water, marsh, and wooded trails. My second time there.

Easily accessible for little children or older people that want to get out in the woods. Nice building. Enjoyed it.

I walked these trails nearly every day when I attended Paul Smith's, and they a wonderful place for going out to relax and feel more in touch with nature. They are great trails to walk in any season, displaying a variety of habitats including mixed and coniferous forest, old logging areas, and large beaver ponds. I particularly enjoyed snowshoeing in the winter (which to me, is the best season in the ADK's). The trails are well maintained for both snowshoeing and skiing, and since Paul Smith's took this place over from NYS, both trails and interpretive center have improved greatly. A wide variety of educational programs, art shows, or guided hikes are now offered. I highly recommend the VIC if you want to walk relaxing trails that still capture the wildness of ADK country.

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