If you're looking for fall foliage you'll find it in the central Adirondacks, but did you know there's more than one way to see nature's most vibrant display of the year? Check out this list of our nine favorites.
1. take a cruise in Raquette Lake
Adirondack seasonal transitions occur as summer gives way to the fall, and the fishing season segues to the annual big Game Hunting Season; as traditions and transitions blend in the chill of the Great South Woods.
I've always said that one of my favorite things about the Adirondacks is that you never know what you will find around the next corner. It might be an amazing view, a funky sign that seems to be in the middle of nowhere, a nostalgic rock painted like a pig, or a single community that has an intriguing number of outhouses. But more importantly, as you travel from village to village you will discover that each community has it own unique personality that makes it stand apart.
October has always been my favorite time of the year. The cool crisp air, the new colorful landscape, and Halloween! There is still so much going on in the Adirondacks!
8.31.16 Editor's update: As the calendar changes from August to September, we're reminded that it's time pull the sweaters out of the closet, grab a pumpkin spice dessert of some sort, and get ready to delve into our favorite fall activities. Wondering where to begin? We pulled this blog from our archives (originally published 9.29.15) and freshened it up to bring you some great travel ideas. Plan now to visit the Adirondacks over the coming months and truly experience an awesome autumn getaway.
It's Simple Math:
Oak Mountain + Oktoberfest = Oaktoberfest
Mountain Biking + German Festival = 1 awesome weekend at Oak Mountain
Now Show Your Work:
The Elusive Adirondack Moose
It's In the Air...
Many new recreational opportunities are now available to the public with the newly opened Chain Lakes Road South access in Indian Lake. This region spans parts of the Blue Mountain Wild Forest, Pine Lake Primitive Area, and Hudson Gorge Wilderness.
Over the years, I have created my own Veteran's Day tradition. As long as I am not working, the day typically goes as follows:
Getting Started on the Trail
After fixing a flat tire picked up by driving so many dirt roads (Wren slept in the sun while I change the tire), Wren and I made it to the trailhead for Shallow Lake. The trailhead sits next to Upper Pond of the Brown's Tract Ponds, and she explored the water's edge while I laced up my hiking boots.
A Well-known Lake
Wren and I had been camping near Stillwater Reservoir and we drove south through Big Moose to Twitchell Lake – right near the Herkimer-Hamilton County line, for a paddle. I chatted with a man who carried a large board from his car and placed it in his canoe. "I got it all measured last time," he said. "Now I've got to go to my camp and put it in." With that he and his dog were off on the flat waters toward his camp.
Heading into the newly opened Essex Chain Lakes Tract on a Sunday night with a mid-September forecast for 30 degrees should be a guarantee of solitude. It almost was. With only one other camping party on Third Lake, I had the Essex Chain Lakes Complex to myself.
"To complete the Challenge and receive the official full-color patch, hikers must climb and document, by date, ascents of at least 23 fire tower summits: 18 of 23 Adirondack Park summits and all 5 Catskill Park summits. Climbing each tower itself is not required, nor in fact recommended, for those towers that have not been restored for safe public use. The mountain should have a standing fire tower on the date of your ascent." Information from adk-gfs.org (www.adk-gfs.org/firetower.challenge.php)