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Early Fall Foliage Locations in the Adirondacks

August 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments · Destination Marketing

I got a request for some locations for a fall foliage video shoot which I may as well blog.  Here’s my 5-minute response:

On or around 9/15 is still pretty early, but there will be some trees beginning to change.  If you’re looking to “Kick-off” Foliage Season by finding the First Signs of Autumn in the Adirondacks, then I think it is completely doable.

Best chance of leaf change will be in our Northern area and higher elevations.  I asked about format because I was not aware of Xxxxxx doing any broadcast stuff, but video content I totally understand.  We can do anything from a simple shot at a conveniently accessible location to paddling or hiking a High Peak.  I’ve compiled a short list of possible locations which might suit – most around the Lake Placid area.  This shouldn’t exclude any place along the way or in between.  If you/they have any specific places or type of place, please let me know.

#1 ADK Park Visitor Interpretive Center – Paul Smiths

Located just north of Paul Smiths College, the VIC features a staffed Nature Center, hiking trails, and a good sampling of Adirondack scenery.  Easy access.  We could get a naturalist to offer information and “color”.  There are Adirondack Lean-to’s on site.
Paul Smith's College VIC

#2 Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

Pending weather conditions, a drive from Wilmington up to the top of Whiteface Mt via the Memorial Highway will likely feature the full range of possible foliage conditions. Gondola rides on the other side at the ski area are available Fri -Sun only, but if they arrive early it would be an option. Any of the other Olympic facilities are also possible with prior notice.
Whiteface Mt – Memorial Highway

#3 High Falls Gorge – Wilmington Notch

Located between Wilmington (Whiteface Mt) and Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge and Wilmington Notch offers some dramatic landscape. There are both waterfalls and flat water along the Ausable River with cliffs on both sides.
High Falls Gorge

#4 Wild Center

The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks, located in Tupper Lake. This important new attraction may also serve as a good backdrop. In addition to the museum facility, there is a trail system and river environment easily accessible.
Wild Center

#5 Adirondack Loj – Heart Lake Trailhead

The Adirondack Loj, operated by the Adirondack Mountain Club, is located just outside of Lake Placid.  Important both historically and as one of the principal trailheads into the High Peaks.  The location is has both water (Heart Lake) and a short hike with views (Mt. Jo).  There is also the High Peaks Information Center with ADK Club and DEC staff.
Adirondack Loj

#6 Adirondack Museum

Located in Blue Mountain Lake, the Adirondack Museum is another important anchor attraction.  During that time they continue to have several special exhibits and they are just getting ready for the Adirondack Antiques Weekend.  This location is the furthest south, so color will be just beginning at the upper elevations.
Adirondack Museum

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2 Comments so far ↓

  • City Mouse

    So, tell me. I need to plan my few weeks away in September – What *is* the prime leaf season. Don’t want to be too early, but don’t want to miss it either.

  • TourPro

    OK, here’s my boilerplate answer:

    The higher up and further North, the earlier the leaves change. We can expect the first signs of Fall by the second week of September. By the last week of September and the first week of October, most places will be at peak.

    The most Southern areas and valleys may still have color until the end of October. Generally, by Halloween, things are pretty much done.

    I’m kinda zen about foliage. If you go looking for it, you might not find it. Usually it just happens and you have that perfect moment.

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