Wilmington, New York is a great place to explore for the outdoor enthusiast! It has everything from breathtaking views, to ski slopes, to white water rafting, hiking, and cycling. We have found the top places where you can feed your adventurous soul in Wilmington, New York.
1. Beaver Brook Trails
Beaver Brook Trails is a nature lovers’ dream come true. There are too many trails to even count, and Beaver Brook Association is made up of 2,187 acres (885 hectares) of forest, fields, and wetlands extending into Hollis, Brookline, and Milford, New Hampshire. The landscape is very diverse over the different trails, allowing first-time hikers and families some easy options while allowing more skilled outdoor hikers moderate trails to challenge them physically.
They have over 35 miles (56 km) of trails, which as you can imagine, offers various options for day trips and you never have to take the same trail twice over your holiday! This park is very big on sustainability and takes the safety of their forest and wildlife very seriously. Make sure you stay on trails and marked areas and don’t wander off trails, as this can disturb the land, wildlife, and plant life that is living there. Don’t worry though, as there is plenty of time for you to discover this area with long hours every day from dawn until dusk.
If you want to use a bicycle or horse for your exercise here, they do allow them on routes marked with a blue rectangle. This is allowed on the blue routes as well as walking, jogging, or running. The yellow triangular markings are for “single-track” or more fragile trails, which only allow hiking by foot and cross-country skiing. Of course, no motor vehicles are allowed on any trail for any reason, except emergency vehicles. If you have a furry friend to bring along, they are welcome but must be leashed at all times and kept under control by their owner. Don’t think you can leave their droppings behind either since it is a “carry-in and carry-out facility and this pertains to cleaning up after dogs and taking the waste home for proper disposal.” Fishing is permitted here at Beaver Brook, but camping and campfires are not!
Beaver Brook Trails
Address: Hardy Rd, Wilmington, NY 12997, USA
Website: Beaver Brook Trails
2. Ausable Chasm
Ausable Chasm is known as a Grand Canyon-esqe area of the Adirondacks. There is so much to do here, where do we even begin? Choose from hiking, floating along the rivers, and/or climbing, when you go back in time and experience one of the oldest (250 years old!) natural attractions in the United States of America.
You can start off exploring a primeval Adirondack forest as you walk past Rainbow Falls, Elephant’s Head, Column Rock, Hyde’s Cave, and the extreme quiet of Mystic Gorge. Here you can go down hundreds of feet to walk on natural stone walkways and take a look at history etched in stone. Many visitors choose the two-part classic tour, perhaps because it includes both hiking through the top part of the Ausable Chasm as well as taking a peek at the famous waterfalls. During the summer, they also offer tubing here, so you can float around the rivers and lakes while admiring the historical sights. If you are a skilled outdoor explorer, check out their adventure trail located in the Upper Chasm. This trail has cliff walks, cable bridges, and leads to the other famous sights of the area: Elephant’s Head, Hell’s Gate, and offers a view of the Inner Sanctum Trail. The best part about this trail is it includes everyone, because it is family-friendly.
Address: 2144 U.S. 9, Ausable Chasm, NY 12911
Website: Ausable Chasm
3. Whiteface Mountain
If you are into skiing, snowboarding, and log cabins, this is the place for you. Famously known for being one of the nicest and best mountains in the nation (or possibly the world) for winter sports, it has held the Winter Olympic games twice and has also hosted multiple World Cup events. Don’t be put off by the fame of this mountain; first timers can also come here to learn how to ski or snowboard. If you are a long time skier or outdoor sports enthusiast you can still have some new challenges on some of the biggest and best trails in the country.
Whiteface Mountain is just a perfect winter vacation for the whole family. Due to the popularity of the area, the main street has become a bit developed, with the opening of small shops, restaurants, and even bars and pubs for the adults to relax in! Head here if you want to create some lifelong memories with friends and family!
Address: Wilmington, New York, U.S.
Website: Whiteface Mountain
4. Wilmington Town Beach
For a sunny and warm day in this area, there is probably no better place than the Wilmington Town Beach. This small, sandy beach is located off Route 86 in Wilmington; once you hit the end of the road, you will reach this park. This place is a nice and quiet little non-tourist area known by locals for being a peaceful and relaxing lake area.
You can participate in free activities, including but not limited to, swimming, boating, jogging, volleyball, paddling trail, a pavilion, fishing, a playground, and public bathrooms. Most of this area has a flat, open design, making it easy to access for parents with strollers or people in wheelchairs. This beach also never seems to be crowded and has lots of space to hold a good deal of patrons, even on a beautiful summer day.
If you want to head onto the lake, they offer canoe or kayak rentals from 15 USD per rental for two hours. Rentals start as early as 10 am, and you can pretty much be on the lake all day if you wanted to be! A boat rental is a great deal for couples on a date or people wanting to teach their kids how to use the equipment since this lake is quiet and peaceful. If you love music, on Thursday nights during the summer months (July and August) there are free concerts from 6 to 9 pm so you can come on a date or with friends and family!
Wilmington Town Beach
Address: Beach Rd, Wilmington, NY 12997, USA
Website: Wilmington Town Beach
You should be from all the exploring, hiking, rafting, and outdoor activities that Wilmington, New York has to offer! If you are tired from all the activity, why not hangout on the beach in Wilmington?
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