An easy walk at Tupper Lake Municipal Waterfront Walkway

The view from the waterfront walkway at Tupper Lake Municipal Park. (Photo provided — Diane Chase)

I am always grateful for those easy places that allow me to get out of the car and stretch my legs.

Even though my plan is usually a quick stop, I always end up staying longer than anticipated. The plus side is once I add these walks to my list, I often make other plans to bring family and friends to these easy-to-get to spots. The Tupper Lake’s Municipal Park Waterfront Walkway is such a place that offers something for all age groups and abilities.

My dog is the beneficiary of my most recent visit to the Waterfront Walkway. She can smell the fresh air and water and understands that this time is for her. I put on her leash and start near the northernmost gazebo. Two gazebos bookend the boardwalk with benches, interpretive signs, and even a climbing pole along the path. My dog isn’t interested in any of that and continues to pull me along the paved path. There are other people walking dogs, a young boy fishing, and couples enjoying a sunset view.

I don’t know the exact distance of the paved path, but it can’t be longer than 0.5-mile between the two gazebos. I forgot to check because I was too busy running behind my dog who was seeing imaginary squirrels at every corner. We pass by the volleyball courts and tennis courts, ending up at the playground and new performing arts bandshell.

We turn around and head back to the car. The setting sun is spectacular as usual. Now I just need to make sure to come when there are live performances at the bandshell. I’ll leave the dog at home for that adventure.

There are two entrances to get to the Municipal Park. From Lake Street (by Beth Joseph Synagogue) turn onto Mill Street and head toward the water. Mill Street will dead end with designated parking clearly marked. The main park entrance is on Demars Blvd. From Demars Blvd, drive in any of the park entrances and head toward the water. Parking is plentiful unless there is a scheduled event. The boardwalk is located at the water’s edge, between the two gazebos, with no specific beginning or end. Enjoy!

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.