Sun shines on a section of river with rapids

Great 8 Challenge

This summer, challenge yourself to discover St. Lawrence County's most beautiful places!

The Great 8 Challenges have been designed to introduce you to new trails and experiences across the great county (the largest in New York!) All of the challenge trails are family friendly and can be explored if you're new to the outdoors, a seasoned hiker or somewhere in between! 

To join the challenge, create a free user account here on Then use the Trail Log on your account page to document the trails you have completed. When you have a trail log for every the trail in the challenge, we will send you a congratulatory email with a digital badge. Display your achievement to all your family and friends with a Great 8 Challenge sticker - NOW AVAILABLE! Order them here. 

Trail logs dating from January 2020 can count in the Challenge.

The Challenges


Riverside Run

Water views, diverse terrain and the option for a long or short trail make this challenge along the five major rivers in St. Lawrence County a GREAT experience on STLC trails. 

 view eligible trails on a Map


Nature Nuts

Explore GREAT nature-filled hikes with interpretive signs, wildlife lookouts, boardwalks and birding across St. Lawrence County. 

View Eligible Trails on a map


Waterfall Crawl

Discover a series of lesser-known, but still GREAT, hikes where the foothills of the Adirondacks glisten year round with falling waters. 

view eligible trails on a map


Learn more about these challenges, and find even more, on our Earn Badges page.

Get ready to hike!

Always remember to be prepared before you go out for a hike, even if it's a small one. Each trail description page explains terrain and difficulty so you know what to expect before you set out to explore the trail. Learn more about hiking smart with New York's Hike Smart Guidelines.  

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