Explore the Cascade Lakes, NY

Cascade Lakes

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.

Pack List

There really isn't much of a packing list, since you have the luxury of driving your car straight to the banks. It's a win-win.

For those of you who want specifics:

  • Picnic spread
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Light jacket
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Activities Stand Up Paddle, Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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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.

Little Lakes Big Views

I stop here many times when climbing in the high peak region of the Adirondacks. From the lot between the lakes is a great slide climb up Cascade Mtn. Beautiful tranquil spot!!!


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