Jack Rabbit Trail, Lake Placid, New York
301 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, New York 12946| Map |
A popular 25-mile network of groomed trails in the Lake Placid, New York area, the Jackrabbit Trail is named after Herman (Jackrabbit) Johannsen, a Norwegian-born pioneer of cross-country skiing in the United States. The network of trails, which takes skiers deep into the forests and traverses back to comfortable lodges with pub menus and roaring fires, was developed by the Adirondack Ski Touring Council. The council, comprised of a small group of volunteers, created a wilderness experience using the same trails enjoyed by Johannsen. The trails consist of three major sections that connect with four ski centers and several backcountry routes. The first and third sections are ideal for expert skiers while the second may be skied comfortably by beginners. Families who are new to cross-country skiing can pick up the easy portion of the Jackrabbit Trail at the Whiteface Inn Resort in the village of Lake Placid, NY. Although this section of the Jackrabbit Trail meanders over a 10-mile stretch, families can ski as little or as much as they want, taking time to rest and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at any one of the many restaurants situated along this route. There's a two-mile, ungroomed portion of the Jackrabbit Trail that novice to intermediate cross-country skiers can take from Saranac Lake to McKenzie Pond Road. The most popular place to start this trail is at the North Country Community College Gym. The intermediate to expert trails are more scenic as they venture deeper in the hilly forest. After the snow melts, the Jackrabbit Trail is utilized by hikers and cyclists. Trail maps showing access points and fee areas are available at all ski centers and sport shops.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Before skiing or hiking the Jackrabbit Trail in Lake Placid, New York, families should pick up a map from a ski center or sport shop. Carry a small backpack with snacks and water to enjoy during rest stops along the Jackrabbit Trail.
Address: 301 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, New York 12946| Map
Hours: Open year round.
Price: Admission is free.