Falling in love with the Hub

Autumn in the Adirondack Hub has to be experienced to be believed. Stunning colors dot the landscape while cool nights allow for plenty of s’mores to be cooked on the campfire. 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.

Fall foliage report

Winding country roads with scenic pull-offs, quiet wooded trails with remote ponds, and limitless views from some of New York’s most famous mountains. What more could you want when experiencing fall foliage in the Adirondacks?

A vibrant fall foliage view from a mountain top with a lake and color hillsides below.

A night under the stars

Autumn camping in the Adirondack Hub is an experience unlike any other. The crackle of a fire, the smush of a s’more, and cool nights under the stars make for an unforgettable stay. From remote backcountry sites to RV-ready campgrounds with water and electricity, the camping in the Adirondack Hub has sites to suit every taste. The perfect campsite is all about personal preference. Maybe you want to get away from it all. Maybe you’d like to relax but still shower. Maybe you’re looking for a place to set up shop for the awhile. However you choose to camp, the Adirondack Hub has plenty of options!

While many of the campsites in the Adirondack Hub have been around for generations, that doesn’t mean the camping scene is stagnant! From the equestrian-friendly Frontier Town to glamping at Lake Harris Lodge, the newer sites in the Hub are sure to please. And if you’d like to pitch a tent but still be able to roll out of bed and into a fresh cup of coffee, check out the Newcomb Cafe and Campground!

So drive right up or put a little more work into it; either way, your campsite in the Hub will provide memories for years to come!

A man in a hat sits beside a beach campfire with his tent in the background.

Get outdoors

No doubt you’re planning your Adirondack vacation to spend lots of time indoors, right?! Of course not! And with the warm days and cool nights of autumn, fall is the ideal time to explore the endless possibilities the woods and waters provide.

There are limitless hiking trails that lead everywhere, from a small, remote pond to some of the highest mountains in New York. Whether you’d like to spend a couple days on the trail or just stretch your legs before lunch, the hiking in the Adirondack Hub is hard to beat. If you're looking for an alternative to your average trail, Upper Works Trailhead is a must-hike. This southern access point is drowning in American history, from the abandoned mining hub its named for, to the cabin Teddy Roosevelt visited! 

If you can't help the historian in you, the Hub is the place to be. Camp Santanoni Preserve sits on 12,900 acres of lush forests, and houses 45 different buildings! Since no motorized vehicles are allowed on the property, the trails are perfect for walking, hiking, skiing, and riding. Tours are offered June through October, with interpreters available July and August. For a more cultivated and educational hiking experience, try out the nature trails at the Adirondack Interpretive Center! Keeping with the theme of past historic gems, the Frontier Town Gateway is becoming a fan favorite of the region all over again. Established in 1952 as a western themed oasis tucked in the Adirondacks, Frontier Town has been gaining momentum, rebranding itself as a gathering place for delicious food, events, and offering opportunities to explore the grounds.

A man and woman walk a brown dog through an autumn forest with yellow leaves.

But our trails aren’t limited to two-legged adventurers! The Adirondack Hub has the trails, amenities, and parking to accommodate the equestrian crowd as well! With more than 50 miles of trails that lead horse and rider past mountain streams, quiet northern woods, and unforgettable vistas, fall is a great time to saddle up.

And while fall may mean getting ready for winter, the waters of the Hub are still open for business! With no bugs to speak of, crisp blue skies, and countless colors hanging off of every tree, paddling in the fall is unbelievably fun. While you may want to tackle historic lakes like Schroon and Paradox, there are some smaller gems like Boreas Ponds and the Essex Chain that are just begging to be paddled!

The Upper Hudson Recreation Hub is comprised of five towns that surround the headwaters of one of the world’s most famous rivers. But while the Hudson name may bring to mind huge ships and New York City, the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub is peaceful mountains, bubbling streams, and loads of history.

Distant mountain flow in the morning sun, with fog in the valley and pine trees in the foreground.

Fall flavors on the town

The Adirondack Hub has all kinds of adventure, but we also have tons of flavors that will scratch your culinary itch as well!

Recently, Paradox Brewery opened its new facility right near the state’s Frontier Town campground, and in addition to amazing brews, there is a huge wrap-around deck with outdoor seating and local food trucks to help you refuel after a day on the trails.

Speaking of Frontier Town, the Frontier Town Gateway is open now for every appetite! Experience the 1895 Grill for burgers, hearty meals, and tasty deserts, and for lighter fair, the Frontier Town Cafe serves all sorts of coffee and tea drinks for your liking!

Lake Harris Lodge adds a bit of glamour to mix with it’s gorgeous dining room and glamping options. If camping and eating are on the agenda, then the Newcomb Cafe and Campground is another great option for those looking to get an early start.

Our local flavor creators didn’t spend most of this year sitting idly by. The outdoor patio at Pitkin’s Restaurant in Schroon Lake is the perfect place to enjoy dinner in a light jacket as the fall colors abound. Just down the road, 9 Mile Coffee is all spruced up and ready to serve you warm and welcoming coffee!

A couple dines with breakfast food at a fall decorated table.

Start planning your fall trip to the Adirondack Hub now!