Explore the most popular hiking trails near Old Forge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We did this hike in possibly the worst weather conditions. Pouring rain so bad the trail became a stream. At the top it was mixed rain and sleet. On a nice day I would rate this trail moderately easy, under the conditions I did it in , it was all but easy.
I would do this again when conditions are favorable.

An easy hike I’ve been doing since I was little with my family. Beautiful views and the tower is pretty cool!

Beautiful hike with great views!! Heavily trafficked, but still worth doing!

Way way too busy. Can’t enjoy the hike or the summit. Another victim of its own success. Parking lots and sides of road over run with cars. Inconsiderate people plying music and partying in summit. Not fun at all.

Nice hike but kind of muddy. Very nice otherwise

Great hike, excellent views the whole way

Great hike. Great view.

The view on this is amazing especially in the fall

The view on this is amazing especially in the fall

Awesome views took about 25-30 min to get up to the tower.

This was my first hike to a peak and fire tower, and my second hike overall (the first one was more of a trudge through the woods). Although not a high peak, the view was great and gave me a sense of accomplishment and the desire to do more. I went with my husband, who is an experienced hiker and it was very helpful to have his guidance and a hand to hold on some of the narrower rocks. I was worried about the rock scrambles because I had never done any before, but they were actually really fun. I would encourage any newbie like me to try this hike and if you have someone who is experienced to take with you, so much the better.

Nice, easy hike. We didn't complete the entire loop though, we went in through the campsite entrance. I feel we may not have been following the signs correctly, I'm still not sure. We ended up directly behind many of the campsites which seemed very intrusive to me towards the people camping there.

Definitely not an "easy" climb. About halfway up you hit rock and boulders. the trail from here is almost entirely on the rock - some of it quite steep. Some parts aren't marked well so stay with the boulders, you can see the path worn onto the rock.
Just past the fire tower is a balancing boulder. Pretty cool

Probably the best bang for your buck in the entire ADK. A very quick, fun hike (rock scrambles in places, many overlooks) that leads to a gorgeous open summit with views of the Fulton chain lakes and environs. Beautiful firetower. Really, a do not miss for anyone of almost any ability.

Dropped off one star due to amount of people on this trail. Went with my gf, 10yr old daughter, crazy akita and our maltese mix, started at 9am so had relative solitude on way up but had to stop literally every few seconds on way down to let people by who were going up. We have experience in the high peaks and the cats so the degree of difficulty on this one was relatively easy for us but it would be understandable how it could be considered hard for a new-ish hiker due to the steepness of some of the scrambles. The length of time total for the roundtrip for us was just over an hour. The disappointment with amount of people clogging the trail did nothing to take away from how fun this trail was for us with the scrambles and how quick it was to get up to such a great view. The tower is in relatively great shape other than people having defaced the cabin table-map. I hope to get back to this one for either a sunrise or sunset hike.

Great views-big crowds-go early. Trail could be better marked to avoid trail widening and herd paths which are both prevalent.

It was mine and my wife’s first ADK summit! We took her parents and two of their friends (one which had double knee surgery three months ago) It was a challenging but still easy enough! Rocks can be slippery and the roots too. Watch your footing! There were multiple stops along the way which showed great views! The summit was really great over looking first, second and third lake! Fire tower was a nice addition to views! Watch your head going up onto the platform! I would recommend this for all ages and fur friends!

This hike was better than I expected. I've avoided this for some time due to its popularity, but it wasn't as crowded as I expected. The view from the summit was nice, but we didn't climb the tower. It was great seeing all of the young children on perhaps their first ADK hike.

We walked this trail with our dog and two kids ages 3 and 7. It took us about about an hour and a half total. The kids loved climbing the tower and views along the way. It was a great time and the perfect hike to start them out on.

Great trail for dogs. About 20 minutes from trail head to fire tower. Not that challenging.

Go in the morning to avoid late walkers. Hiking poles will benefit but not essential. Great views.

3 months ago

This was an enjoyable solo hike for me. Mostly gentle, woodsy trails that cross with local bike trails and cross-country trails. Steep portion early on and once you get to McCauley ski area to summit. At a steady pace, took 1.5 hours. Be prepared with map and aware of trail markers, as intersections with other trails can be confusing at times. Nice views of Old Forge at top!

Love this hike. Dislike the crowds.

3 months ago

Started at Bisby entrance. Mostly level trail through woods. Once at the southern end of lake there are more challenges. At western side close to the campers ended up on road for a stretch. Nice hike.

This hike is not long or difficult but is a little challenging. Some definite climbing on rock and do not ever try hike without proper footwear especially if it’s wet. The trail can be a little confusing at times and you will really need to look for the markers. Some stepper rock climbs in the middle of the trail. The really nice thing about the hike is the sneak peak views you get of the lakes while climbing to the top. Of course the best view is saved for last and the tower is open.

Great hike for all ages and pups as well! Very easy and short hike. Great for beginners.

this was a family day hike for us with our dog. we parked at the first lot, not knowing that the first mile or so was walking on a gravel road. when we got to the second lot, we missed the trailhead and continued straight on the snowmobile trail for about 0.5mi. a nice couple who had made the same mistake but gone much further corrected us and we went back and got on the right trail. the trail is pretty easy and well worn, we saw some wildlife (including a whitetail deer) and the view from the lean-to is excellent!

mountain biking
4 months ago

Me and my 6 year old daughter did the trail on mtn bikes. For the most part she was able to ride all of it except the big hill. We had fun. Well marked. More of a hiking than biking trail though.

Nice hike for the family. For us, it was easy- not something I’d remark as moderate- as we do a great deal of hikes. We checked in early to beat the rush. It’s a popular hike, especially during peak season. Our son loved it. Had no issues making our way to the fire tower and back in a reasonable amount of time. Going up we passed no one, however coming down we passed so many! If you want to beat the crowd, definitely get there early.

Nice easy trail for family

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