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Wilderness leaf peeping
You might think that summer is the best season to get outside and do something. Sometimes I even think so too. But as temperatures start to cool, kids go back to school, and pumpkins start to appear at farm stands, I find myself with a serious case of fall fever. I want to get outside to look for changing trees and walk through vibrant forests. I daydream about golden leaves and fall sunshine, and in case you do too, here are a few ways to enjoy fall foliage. Conveniently, they are all in one unique spot.
A-maize-ing family fun
Every year since 2004, the good people at Tucker Farms in Gabriels have carved a complex image into 8 acres of their corn crop. It’s a beautiful scene where the sun shines off of the dark green leaves and the stalks gently dance against a backdrop of High Peaks. Some of our biggest mountains can be seen — Marcy, Algonquin, and Whiteface all decorate the jagged horizon — and the sky above is open and wide. Not so much in the maze. The well-defined-but-narrow passages twist and curve in every direction. There are intersections where several routes converge; there are long straightaways and hallways with lefts and rights forking off every 10 feet.
Castle Rock is one of Hamilton County’s most popular destinations, and the perfect place to enjoy fall foliage. On a clear day you can see for miles from the summit. Imagine how many brilliantly colored leaves will lie between you and the horizon! Located just past Minnowbrook Conference Center down Maple Lodge Road, the trail for Castle Rock is easy to get to, fun to hike, and provides unforgettable views. It’s a hiking leaf peepers dream come true, and it’s waiting for you to explore.
Drive into fall golf
Long before Lake Placid became synonymous with Winter Olympics, and before it was home to Ironman triathlons and World Cup events, it was known for its golf courses. The signature courses here were designed by some of the greats: John Van Kleek, Walter Hagen, Seymour Dunn, Alex Findlay, and Alistair Mackenzie — who also designed Augusta National and Cypress Point. Former Masters and U.S. Open champion Craig Wood grew up caddying here. But enough of the name dropping, let’s discuss the views and the courses.
Northern Franklin County knows fresh food. Acre after acre of lush farmland and orchards, tended by dedicated farmers, provides local families, stores, and restaurants with exceptionally fresh apples, corn, tomatoes, pumpkin, greens, and more. Because of the great harvests we see every year, fall is a time of celebration and tasty local food. Here are a few fun events to help you have a very foodie fall.
Trucking along for birds
It was a warm, drippy, and muggy morning when I stepped onto the Roosevelt Truck Trail off Route 28N the other week. The trail – actually a grassy two-track — is a relatively easy hike for birders in search of boreal species, which is precisely why I was there. The rolling trail (reached 1.6 miles from the Boreas River Bridge and 3.7 miles south of the junction of 28N and Blue Ridge Road) initially rose through a mixed forest and I started my day’s list with Magnolia Warblers which seemed to be the most vocal of the warblers I found on the late summer day. I would soon add the likes of Nashville, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Green, Black-and-white, Canada, and Northern Parula, along with quite a few others.
A quiet drive
There isn’t a time I’d rather go for a hike or canoe than fall in the Adirondacks. In September, after some sunny and dry days and cool nights, peaks and forests turn red, rust, and vibrant shades of orange. Spend just a few days in the woods and you might start to think how dull, even boring, other parts of the country are.
You can already feel the crisp air of fall on its way and touches of bright colors are staring to kiss the leaves. With fall quickly approaching it is time to plan your visit to the Ticonderoga Area. Of course, you have to have a cinnamon cider donut at Gunnison’s Orchard or the Hot Biscuit Diner but there are wonderful fall festivals for all to enjoy while enjoying leaf peeping, pumpkins, apples, and all the season has to offer. Whatever is on your fall bucket list, it can be accomplished in the Ticonderoga Area and Lake Champlain Region. There is something for everyone and don't forget your camera!