10 Best Things To Do in Keene Valley

things to do in keene valley

The High Peaks of the Adirondacks is a popular tourist destination for travelers from around the world. A stone’s throw away from many Adirondack 46’ers, Keene Valley, NY is a popular jumping off point for all sorts of Adirondack adventures. With so many enjoyable things to do in Keene Valley, it can be hard to decide what activities to plan for your visit.

To help narrow it down, check out ADKPP’s top 10 list of things to do in Keene Valley. Our experienced agents at Adirondack Premier Properties live and recreate in the Tri-Lakes region, and are happy to point others towards all the great resources our area has to offer. Read on for our picks of the best things to do in Keene Valley.

10 Best Things To Do in Keene Valley

1. Hike in the High Peaks

    Keene Valley is the gateway to the High Peaks region, with several nearby trailheads providing access to multiple 46’er routes. Be aware that the early bird gets the worm as far as trailhead parking goes. Be sure to arrive early (sometimes pre-dawn) if you plan to park at the trailhead, pre-reserve your AMR spot or research hiking shuttles in advance. Popular trailheads near Keene Valley include the Garden, Roaring Brook Falls, AMR/ St. Hubert’s, and Round Pond.

    2. Rock Climb

    The Keene Valley region is known for its world-class rock climbing opportunities, and offers both sport and trad routes. Several well established guide services in the area provide instruction and guiding including Rock and River, Don Mellor Guiding, Great Range Mountain guides. The go-to place for gear, guidebooks and route information is The Mountaineer.

    3. Swim at Chapel Pond

    Don’t miss out on an unforgettable opportunity to take a dip or cool off after your day’s adventures. Surrounded by towering cliffs, Chapel Pond is the perfect place to enjoy a quick swim, throw in your fishing line, or bring a picnic, chair or hammock to relax on shore. A popular spot for both locals and visitors, this pond offers a sandy beach and convenient, but usually crowded, parking.

    4. Visit the Mountaineer

    The Mountaineer is an iconic outdoor gear shop in Keene Valley that is a must-visit for anyone interested in hiking, climbing, or exploring the Adirondacks. Serving the outdoor community as purveyor of fine mountaineering and outdoor gear since 1975, The Mountaineer is definitely worth a stop as one of the top things to do in Keene Valley. Be sure to leave enough time to browse their extensive inventory of equipment, clothing, guidebooks and more.

    5. Explore the Ausable River

    For water lovers, one of the best things to do in Keene Valley is explore the many nearby waterways. One of the most accessible is the East Branch of the Ausable River that runs right through Keene Valley. This meandering river offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, kayaking, and scenic picnics with several access points along Rt. 73.

    6. Snowshoe or XC Ski

    In the winter, the many trails around Keene Valley transform into a wonderland for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. If you are looking for more adventure, consider booking a local guide for a backcountry skiing adventure. Equipment and route information can be found at the Mountaineer.

    7. Visit the Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR)

    The private Adirondack Mountain Reserve offers access to stunning trails, including the popular hike to Indian Head and Fish Hawk Cliffs. Note that a pre-reserved permit is required to hike, whether you are parking on site, getting dropped off or using a shuttle. Permits are limited to 70 hikers per day.

    8. Walk in the Wildflowers

    The valley is known for its diverse flora, especially during the spring and summer when wildflowers are in bloom. Wildflower guidebooks and local guide service information for guided walks are available at The Mountaineer.

    9. Do Some Bird Watching

    Keene Valley’s varied habitats attract a wide range of bird species, making it a great spot for bird watching. Nearby trails and conservation lands that are great for spotting a variety of species include Cemetery Road Wetlands, Hulls Falls Road, Keene Pond.

    10. Check Out Local Restaurants

    After a long day out on the trails, one of the best things to do in Keene Valley is to get some local eats. Enjoy a meal at one of several local eateries popular with tourists and locals alike. The Noon Mark Diner and Old Mountain Coffee are great choices for breakfast or lunch. If you are looking for a Keene Valley dinner option, the Ausable Inn is a local favorite.

    With unparalleled natural beauty and almost unlimited outdoor adventure opportunities, Keene Valley is a fantastic vacation destination. With so many choices of things to do in Keene Valley, narrowing things down can be really tough. We hope our ADKPP guide of 10 Best Things To Do in Keene Valley will help point you in the right direction and make your planning process a little easier.

    If you are looking for the perfect vacation rental to book as basecamp for your Keene Valley Adirondack adventure, contact one of our experienced rental agents at (518) 523-3333. Like the area so much that you’d like to explore properties for sale? Check out our available listings and contact us today to schedule a showing.

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