There are many ways to enjoy fall in the Adirondacks. The outdoor opportunities are endless. We’ve picked our top five ways to enjoy the foliage in some of our favorite Adirondack communities. Try one, or try them all.
1. Have a picnic by Schroon Lake
The Schroon Lake Beach is a favorite among locals and visitors alike in the summer, but the area surrounding the beach is absolutely beautiful. Maple trees change from green to red, orange, and yellow. Benches on the grass provide a spot to sit and enjoy the view of the lake. Grab takeout from one of your favorite restaurants and walk over to the beach area for a picnic. Enjoy the fresh fall air, the view of the lake, and fall foliage.
2. Take a scenic drive down Blue Ridge Road
Blue Ridge Road is a long, scenic stretch of road connecting North Hudson and Newcomb. The road is just over 19 miles long and is lined with trees and hiking trailheads. Pick a day when the sun is out, grab a coffee, and get in your car to enjoy a wonderful display of fall foliage. When you make it to Newcomb, make sure you grab lunch at the Lake Harris Lodge or the Newcomb Cafe. You can eat there, or take your meal to go.
3. Go for a hike in Minerva
Vanderwhacker Mountain is a great fall hike with a fire tower for the ultimate fall foliage viewing vantage point. It’s about a six mile hike past several wetlands, leading you up to the fire tower overlooking the High Peaks. This is a moderate hike with an elevation of 3,386 feet. Remember to recreate responsibly and respect the outdoors.
4. Have a beer at Paradox Brewery
Fall and beer go hand-in-hand. Paradox Brewery is North Hudson’s beloved brewery. Located near the Frontier Town Campground, this brewery recently moved and upgraded their facilities. Their beers are award-winning, and so are the views. The wrap around deck off of the building has a beautiful view. Pair your beer with a view, and you’ve got the ultimate fall experience.
5. Go glamping at the Lake Harris Lodge
The Lake Harris Lodge is a beautiful new restaurant located in Newcomb, NY, but there are also glamping tents on site. There is currently only one, but there are plans to add three more in the future. The tents are decorated with an Adirondack flair and each comes with its own restroom. The tent that is currently there sits right on the shores of Lake Harris. Picture waking up overlooking the lake and the fall foliage, with the crisp mountain air, and the call of the loons.
As you can see, fall in the Adirondacks is spectacular. There are a number of ways to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and some really unique experiences to try this fall.