The fall foliage season is especially long in the Adirondacks, last from when the leaves just begin to turn in mid to late August, to when they fall from the trees in mid to late October.
A great way to take in the gorgeous views is to take a drive down one of the many scenic byways. Each has a different story to tell, that will take you past shimmering lakes, tall mountains, historic forts, and charming hamlets, whilst weaving through the jewel toned forest, allowing you to take in its picturesque beauty.
The beautiful foliage isn’t the only thing that makes the Adirondacks worth visiting in the fall. As the weather turns cooler, Adirondack Park comes alive with all sorts of unique opportunities and festivals.
The Great Adirondack Moose Festival in Indian Lake is one such festival. Enjoy whitewater kayaking, guided hiking, fly fishing, craft shows, a beer tent, and tons of family friendly games and activities!
In Lake Placid, enjoy the Whiteface Oktoberfest, free with your Olympic Sites Passport. Not only can you enjoy authentic Bavarian food and drink, but enjoy tons of great rides and music too! And don’t worry, there’s plenty of things for the kids to enjoy as well.
At Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Harvest Festival is a site to behold. Held the first weekend in October, there will be fun the whole family can enjoy. Wagon rides, pony rides, arts and crafts, live music, great games, a costume contest, and more! Not to mention lessons from Paul Smiths College Culinary and Baking Program on some delicious dishes inspired by the Adirondack fall.
Flaming Leaves Festival, also in Lake Placid, is also free with your Olympic Sites Passport. Watch the continent’s best ski jumpers do their thing, while you enjoy great BBQ and live music. Peruse the craft vendors and make your own tie-dye shirt, then take a trip to the top of the ski jump and check out the amazing view. The mountains in every direction will be blanketed in yellows, oranges, and reds!
All of these are great ways to experience fall in the Adirondacks. Of course, in our opinion, the best way to see the Adirondacks in autumn is to see it from above! Check out our scenic flights. Seeing the mountains and lakes covered in beautiful fall foliage as you soar through the sky will be an experience you never forget!Tags: Feature