Lake Placid Easy Short Hikes: Henry's Woods Trail- A Community Preserve

Henry Woods gazebo offers trail map and
covered seating near the parking area
Henry's Woods Trails in Lake Placid (NY) is one of my favorite places to take family and friends for a short easy hike, snowshoe or cross-country ski. It is also the place where I go to walk my dog, trail run and just relax.

Henry's Woods is a great place for all level hiker and its the perfect place for people of all ages and abilities. There is one main trail loop with three offshoots from it. It is truly a great community preserve.

The Connector Trail: (green marker) is 0.3-mile

Loop trail: (darker green marker) 2.0-miles
The Loop trail has moderate elevation gain for this maintained community preserve. 

Plateau trail: (yellow marker) .09 miles
The Plateau trail is accessed via the Loop trail. At the junction between the Connector trail and Loop trail bear left onto the Loop trail. At about 0.5-mile, turn right at the yellow marker for the first access to the Plateau trail. (The Plateau trail runs south to north, back to the Loop trail with the two entrances 0.3-miles apart.) The terrain is uneven with occasional lookout spots and benches. At 0.3-mile either turn right onto the Switchback trail (blue markers) which leads back to the southern sector of the Loop trail or continue on the yellow trail to loop back to the northern sector of the Loop trail.
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Switchback Trail: (blue markers) 0.3-mile
The Switchback trail is a short, winding trail connecting the Loop trail to the Plateau trail at the southern end of the Henry's Woods trail system. 

Rocky Knob: (red markers) 0.9-mile
The Rocky Knob trail is located on the eastern sector of Henry's Woods. Take the Connector trail to the Loop trail. At the junction turn right and cross over the first bridge.   

View from the Plateau Trail at Henry's Woods, Lake Placid
Henry's Woods trail distances
Pass the junction with the Switchback trail and the "bridge to nowhere." The red marked trail to Rocky Knob is on the eastern side of the Loop trail. (The Rocky Knob trail has two entrances that start/end at the Loop trail about 0.3-mile from each other.) The trail starts gaining in elevation quickly and reaches the summit in 0.4-mile with an elevation of 2,270' and a vertical ascent of 320'. The red trail then continues north to reconnect to the Loop trail in 0.5-miles.

© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.


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