Regarding COVID-19: Please recreate responsibly and practice social distancing. Closures and travel restrictions are changing rapidly, always check and respect local regulations.

Keene, New York

Explore the Cascade Lakes, NY

Originally added by Tiffany Trent

Extremely easy access. Beautiful scenery. Swimming hole. Picnic tables.

Just off Route 73, in between Lake Placid and Keene, in the gorgeous Adirondack Mountains sits two of the most beautiful lakes and get this...you can park RIGHT on the bank, open the hatch and chill. Don't pass this one up.

There is a little gravel road right off the highway that leads to the middle of both lakes. Seriously, ANYBODY can enjoy these lakes. It's by no means a hike and you don't have to go backcountry scrambling to find it, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have its own journal.

There are picnic tables to enjoy your fancy little snack, and the lakes make a great swimming hole or a place to break out the paddle boards or kayaks. Definitely worth the stop.

Read More

Tags

Stand Up Paddle
Chillin
Photography
Kayaking
Swimming
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Stop Here

I always stop at Cascade Lake on my way up to Lake Placid. It has become a tradition to take in the views, step into the lake, or on to the ice when safe.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

Stay Nearby

Wilmington, New York

Lake Placid / Whiteface Mtn. KOA

Westport, New York

Adk Mountain View Campground

From $50/night

Mineville, New York

Piney Wood Hills

From $130/night

Ticonderoga, New York

The Look Out At Chill Hill

From $135/night

Nearby Adventures

Hike Cascade & Porter Mountains

4.8 Miles Round Trip - 1900 ft gain

Hike Rooster Comb Mountain

5.2 Miles Round Trip - 1795 ft gain

Tours