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Fall Guide > Foliage Guide

Adirondack Fall Foliage Guide

Fall leaves

Get your camera ready because the Adirondack fall foliage is here! The Adirondacks provide such excellent fall foliage viewing because the deciduous tree population is dominated by only a few species, which all change colors more or less in unison. This provides excellent all-over color at one peak time, which is rare in other parts of the world. See our Adirondack fall foliage map below for typical peak foliage viewing in different parts of the Adirondacks.

Adirondack Peak Fall Foliage Map - The Best Time To Go

Please note: The foliage map below is the typical schedule for peak Adirondack fall foliage viewing by region. From year to year, there might be slight variations, but this can be consulted as a general guide for typical peak fall foliage in the Adirondacks.



Adirondack fall foliage is always difficult to report or predict with 100% accuracy because the region is so vast and there are so many factors. Sunlight and the length of days are responsible for when trees show their yellows, oranges and reds. The frosts and cold snaps determine the intensity of the deep reds and purples.

Looking for a great way to see the fall foliage? The Adirondacks offer hiking and biking opportunities to suit every skill level, and for the less adventurous, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad's Fall Foliage Train is another great option! The Fall Foliage Train runs from early September through mid-October between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake -- two picturesque locations with glimpses of rivers, wildlife and of course brilliant fall foliage along the way!

Wondering where to stay? Our team of editors has compiled the top 3 places to stay during your trip to see the Adirondack foliage this fall. Each location we selected offers a different array of amenities, but there is one common theme connecting all three: amazing views of the leaves!

Whether for romance, family adventure or just to escape by yourself, an Adirondack fall getaway is the perfect vacation for anyone. From cozy cabins to luxury resorts, browse lodging options in the Adirondacks.

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Want to get a sneak peek at what the Adirondacks look like ablaze with fall color?

View Carl Heilman II’s gallery of leaf peeping photos »

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