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What's New In the Adirondacks

The fall foliage season is underway, so now's the perfect time to plan a weekend trip in the Adirondacks. Check out one of the local Oktoberfests, such as Whiteface's 25th Oktoberfest, explore the World's Largest Garage Sale, and discover other great fall events this weekend: September 30 - October 2.

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Photo provided by Whiteface
Fall has arrived in the Adirondacks, and what's better than a hike to see the beautiful foliage? The High Peaks Wilderness is always a popular destination, and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) expects the peaks to see a lot of hikers this season. If you'd like to hike a more private peak with the same great foliage views, then pick one of these hidden gems!

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From Crown Point, NY to Chimney Point, VT, there's a lot of history to discover on both sides of the Lake Champlain Bridge. Now, there's a new way to see all the historic sites, learn a little about them, and be rewarded for completing a unique treasure hunt - the Lake Champlain Bridge Quest!

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Photo provided by LakeChamplainRegion.com
The leaves are changing and days are getting shorter - fall has begun in the Adirondacks. There are a lot of great festivals and opportunities to enjoy the crisp fall weather this weekend in the Adirondacks, including the popular Great Adirondack Moose Festival, so take a look and see what interests you!

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New York State's plan to remove a 34-mile section of track between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake has been anything but smooth. The approval by multiple state departments and Gov. Cuomo sparked controversy this past May, and a lawsuit was filed to prevent the track's removal. Although the original plan would have had the track removed in November, the rail-trail project has been delayed until summer of next year.

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Have you been hiking in the High Peaks recently? Did you encounter a lot more people than usual? If so, you're not alone. The High Peaks Area has become extremely popular for tourists, and not only are they crowding the mountains, but trails are being damaged by leftover waste. Unfortunately, the solution to these issues won't be simple.

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Photo Credit: Mike Tracy
As we enjoy the final days of summer, early fall festivals are already on their way in the Adirondacks! Check out all the fantastic festivals, including the Apple Festival, antique shows, recreational activities, and more going on in the Adirondacks this weekend!

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Many of New York's hunting seasons are on their way, but will we see a moose hunting season added to the list soon? In 2015, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would have led to the creation of moose hunting guidelines. Although the bill died in the State Assembly last year, it has once again been approved this year by the State Senate.

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Photo Credit: Gerry Lemmo
Invasive species are an ongoing problem in New York State. While boating regulations and programs have helped to prevent some from spreading, it's difficult to detect every species. Unfortunately, the aquatic invasive species known as the spiny water flea has recently been discovered in Indian Lake.

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Photo Credit: Lake George Association, courtesy of Jeff Gunderson of Minnesota Sea Grant
Earlier this April, New York State purchased the 20,758-acre Boreas Ponds Tract from the Nature Conservancy for $14.5 million, allowing the state to preserve and maintain it for the future. Recently, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced its Interim Access Plan for the tract, which will greatly expand the area's accessibility for recreational activities.

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