Fall in the Adirondacks

Love fall? We do!

There’s nothing like fall in the Adirondacks. The warm days, the crisp nights, the smell of campfire on the wind, the freshly harvested food, and the colors. Our fall foliage is bright, varied, and unreal. You have to see it to believe it and, take it from us, there’s a lot to see.

Peak foliage happens a little earlier in the higher elevations, so get to places like Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, and Wilmington earlier in the season to see the mountains on full display. There’s hiking, paddling, mountain biking, and tons of chances to explore that will keep you falling in love with the Adirondacks over and over again. Or head to Tupper Lake for fishing, stargazing, family friendly hikes, and stunning golf scenery. Love the water? The historic Adirondack Coast is home to Lake Champlain, a perfect mirror for the autumn colors. It’s also a place where farm-to-table happens daily — grab something to go from a farm store and hit a CATS trail for an easy hike to an unforgettable view. Hamilton County has the best of both worlds — the lakes are a water-lover’s paradise while the nearby mountains are big and beautiful. And don’t miss the heart of the Adirondacks, the Adirondack Hub, where small towns and big outdoors are connected by the most photogenic backroads anywhere.

Wherever you go, you’ll see a new and exciting part of the Adirondacks made even more colorful by our most kaleidoscopic season.

Fall Foliage Reports

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  • Fall is Ablaze With Fun in Lake PlacidFall in Lake Placid is all about days bathed in the fiery glow of foliage: pumpkin orange, flaming red, and sunshiney yellow. Fall days spent here in the beautiful, fresh air, surrounded by glorious colors covering the mountains are unlike anything else.Read More
  • A Decidedly Different Fall SamplerSaranac Lake is full of eye-popping views year-round, but it’s hard to deny the unique beauty of autumn in the Adirondacks. From blazing orange to subtle yellow to fire engine red, the trees provide a landscape that is simply unforgettable.Read More
  • Falling in Love With the ADK HubAutumn in the Adirondack Hub has to be experienced to be believed.With countless adventures to be had on trails and waterways, harvest time in the hub is also when our quaint towns show their local flavors. ​So take a scenic drive, spend a couple of nights, or go all-out on the trails, fall in the Adirondack Hub will recharge your mind, body, and soul.Read More
  • Fresh, Friendly, and Fly Fall AdventuresThe Whiteface Region, full of stunning mountains, a legendary river, and unique natural attractions, is the perfect place to get close to the joys and eye-popping sights of autumn. Jumping in the leaves isn’t just allowed, it’s highly recommended fun!Read More
  • 6 Ways to Experience an Adirondack AutumnThe central Adirondacks contain vast swaths of wild forests, lakes, and ponds, as well as quaint towns and hamlets. The bright, delightful colors of fall add to the beauty and wonder that residents and visitors adore.Read More
  • The Lake Champlain Adventurer’s Guide to FallFor a gorgeous fall adventure, road trip, or getaway, the Lake Champlain region has it all. With a rolling landscape ideal for getting outside and savoring fresh air and fresh views, there’s something magical around every bend in the trail or road. Make your own history this fall in our historic region.Read More
  • Fall in Love With Tupper LakeAs the days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and the bugs disappear, Mother Nature begins one of her most famous shows: Adirondack fall foliage. Rent a canoe or bring your own, or hit the trail at whatever pace you like, autumn in Tupper Lake has to be seen to be believed.Read More