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5 Fun Things to Do for Free at Garnet Hill Lodge in Spring & Summer to Relax and Recharge

Posted in Adirondack Mountain and Stream Guides, Spring at Garnet Hill, Summer at Garnet Hill, Things to Do

Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, Garnet Hill Lodge is a haven for outdoor recreation. In spring and summer, the property transforms into a playground of natural beauty with winding trails and picturesque mountain views. Embrace the warm weather with these 5 fun things to do for free at Garnet Hill to help you relax, recharge, and reconnect with nature.

three adirondack chairs looking over thirteeth lake with mountains in the background

Take a Hike: Discover Scenic Trails and Breathtaking Views

view of the sun going behind mountains

Are you ready to escape into the wilderness and soak up the quiet atmosphere on a hike? Both lodging guests and day use visitors are free to access our trail network, which begins right outside the Log House door.

Garnet Hill Lodge offers an array of hiking adventures across 600 acres of diverse trails. Explore the Hooper Mine, Sugar House, and Putty Pond trails, or venture into the vast Siamese Pond Wilderness Area.

Less experienced hikers can stick to the Garnet Hill Ski Trails, which feature 55 km of wide and even walking trails. If you stay the night, you can also participate in scheduled hikes on Saturdays and Sundays for free.

Whether you prefer an all-day climb up a 4,000-foot peak, a leisurely walk in the woods, or a fishing trip to a remote pond, there’s something for every type of hiker to enjoy.

Pedal Power: Explore the Trails on Your Mountain Bike

group of people riding bikes on a trail in the woods

Bring a mountain bike with you to Garnet Hill Lodge and pedal your way through your next adventure.

We invite outdoor enthusiasts to experience the joys of mountain biking amidst the stunning scenery. With 5 miles of newly constructed single-track trails and an existing network of trails and gravel roads, riders of all levels can have an amazing time biking through the forests and back.

Trail access is free, but if you don’t own a bike, we do offer lodging guests 20% off on our rentals. We have hardtail mountain bikes and a limited number of fat tire bikes and E-Bikes available at the Outdoor Center.

For those planning a day trip or an extended stay, Garnet Hill Lodge promises an unforgettable biking adventure in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Beach Bliss: Sun, Swim, and Paddle at Thirteenth Lake

a canoe on the shores of thirteenth lake with people swimming in the background

Do you love spending time by the water during summer? Canoeing, kayaking, sunbathing, and swimming at Thirteenth Lake are available at Garnet Hill Lodge exclusively for lodging guests.

This tranquil, scenic lake is two miles long, is fed by brooks, and eventually flows down into the Hudson River. Guests can enjoy complimentary canoes and kayaks from 9 am to 4 pm daily, with paddles and life jackets provided. Not only that, but scheduled kayak tours are free for lodging guests on weekends.

The beach, just 1.2 miles from the main Lodge, features a gentle slope into deeper waters. Adirondack chairs, barbecues, picnic tables, and a beach attendant enhance the experience.

Game On: Enjoy Fun and Friendly Matches

purple disc golf disc with garnet hill lodge logo on it

Compete in a Game of Disc Golf

Our 9-hole disc golf course, which opened in 2022, offers an exciting challenge for both novices and experienced disc golf enthusiasts.

The course is designed with varying difficulty levels, incorporating natural elements such as bushes, trees, and elevation changes to keep the game engaging and fun.

Whether playing a leisurely game or sharpening your skills, we guarantee you’ll have a great time. Use of the course is free for guests and day use visitors if you have your own discs. We do also have discs available for rental and purchase.

Play a Game of Pickleball

A stay at Garnet Hill Lodge wouldn’t be complete without a game of pickleball at our new courts. The lodge boasts two well-maintained courts, providing guests with the perfect setting for this fast-paced, entertaining sport.

Overnight guests have free access to the courts, ensuring a convenient and enjoyable experience. We also provide the equipment, offering paddles and balls for use, so there’s no need to bring your own.

Chill Out: Relax and Unwind in Nature’s Splendor

interior of a room at garnet hill lodge

Our spacious property offers a variety of inviting spots for relaxation and unwinding. Lodging guests can cozy up with a book in one of our balcony rooms, meditate while taking in stunning mountain and lake views, or gather by the giant fireplace in the main lodge for warmth and comfort.

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the serene ambiance around a fire pit, ideal for making s’mores and stargazing under the clear Adirondack sky. Alternatively, lounging in an Adirondack chair while soaking up the open views offers a delightful way to spend the day.

Garnet Hill Lodge fully supports self-care and provides an environment that encourages a well-deserved break.

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