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Autumn in the Adirondacks

Fall foliage reports & travel tips for the heart of the Adirondacks.

Experience fall in the Adirondacks!

Fall may just be the best time to visit the heart of the Adirondacks. The days are warm, the nights are cool, and the dramatic autumn landscape creates the ideal backdrop for an Adirondack adventure to remember. The biggest question to ask is, what kind of adventure are you looking for? 

Top Autumn Adventure Picks:

  • Leaf peeping is a must. When the autumn hues of reds, oranges, and yellows paint the Adirondack landscape, getting here is half of the fun. So on that note, we recommend you plan a few extra hours (or days) to tour your way through the scenic byways that lead you here. 
  • Take on the Hamilton County Fire Tower Challenge. Who doesn't love a good challenge? When it comes to finding the perfect fall challenge, few stack up to the rewarding quest of the Fire Tower Hiking Challenge
  • Get on the water. While fall may mean that swimming days are now behind us, it doesn't mean that there still isn't plenty of water fun to be had. Paddling, boating, and fishing on the ample supply of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams are some of the best ways to experience the vibrant reds and oranges as they reflect off of the cool blue waters.
  • Experience fall events. In September & October, the heart of the Adirondacks truly comes alive with fall festivals of all shapes and varieties. As you plan your fall getaway, be sure to check our events calendar so you don't miss out on all the fun to be had.
  • Explore Adirondack history. While in the Adirondacks, be sure to make time to experience the rich history of the Adirondacks by visiting the new & interactive "Life in the Adirondacks" exhibit at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

More Fall Travel inspiration

Looking for some fall travel inspiration? Check out these recent stories and start planning your autumn Adirondack getaway today:

 

2018 Foliage Report

October 9

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 25%

Brilliance: Dull

Predominating colors: Some yellows and oranges, but very few.

Rating: Past peak. Recent wind has knocked most of the leaves off the trees.

 

October 9

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 90%

Brilliance: Average to bright.

Predominating colors: The yellows and oranges have really come out. Reds seem to be minimal this year, but can be seen in some places in abundance. 

Rating: Peak.

October 1 

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 40%

Brilliance: Average 

Predominating colors: Lots of muted yellows and oranges, with a hint of red peeking through in places. 

Rating: Nearing mid-point.

September 24

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 15%

Brilliance: Dull to average. 

Predominating colors: Still a lot of green with some reds and yellows starting to pop out. 

Rating: Just beginning.

September 17

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 10%

Brilliance: Dull to average. 

Predominating colors: Still mainly green with touches of reds and purples along the waterways, clusters of orange and yellow branches in mostly green maple trees. 

Rating: Just beginning.

September 10

Percent of tress predicted to have changed by weekend: 5%

Brilliance: Dull to average. 

Predominating colors: Still mainly green with some pops of color here and there. 

Rating: Just beginning.

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