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Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain is renowned for its historic fire observation tower at the summit, but in recent years, the peak's Ranger Trail has been in need of repairs and upgrades. As part of a multi-year project, the New York State DEC and Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) - Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain have been working to improve the Ranger Trail and will continue their efforts in 2017/18.

Photo Credit: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Peak foliage has arrived throughout the Adirondacks, so if you've been waiting for the perfect time to visit the area this fall, now's the time! Not only will you see colorful foliage, but there will be multiple spooky and fun events, as well as other great entertainment, going on this weekend in the Adirondacks: October 21-23.

Ski season could begin in a little over a month, so it isn't too early to get excited about new ski trails in the Adirondacks. Over at the North Creek Ski Bowl by Gore Mountain, FrontStreet Mountain Development has transferred ownership of 35 acres of ski trails to the Town of Johnsburg, expanding the Ski Bowl's trail system.

Photo Credit: Gore Mountain
If you want a unique way to get to Gore Mountain this winter, consider checking out the Saratoga & North Creek Railway's new overnight winter services. You can stay in a sleeper car on the train and receive free shuttle rides to the mountain and other areas in North Creek!

If you're a fan of fall foliage, then now's the time to visit the Adirondack Park. Peak foliage has arrived in most of the Adirondacks, so come visit and then stick around for one of the many great festivals and events going on in and around the region.

There's a new hiking challenge in the Adirondacks that's perfect for families and beginning hikers - the Chester Challenge! Created by the Town of Chester in Warren County, the Chester Challenge consists of 11 designated trails in the region, and all you have to do is complete 6 of them to receive a commemorative pin.

Palmer Pond (Photo Credit: Sara Westcott)
The Polar Express™ is returning to the Saratoga & North Creek Railway this holiday season, and seats are already filling up fast! Book your family trip now and get ready for the classic Christmas story to come alive during train rides on select dates in November and December.

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Peak fall foliage is nearly here in the Adirondacks, and with the long weekend ahead of us, now's the perfect time to go leaf peeping! While you're here, you also won't want to miss all the festivals, such as the Flaming Leaves Festival, and other fall events going on from October 7-10!

Photo provided by ORDA
The Wild Center is welcoming four new animals to its family this fall, including a rare albino wood turtle! To celebrate their public debut, the Wild Center will host "Born to be Wild," a Columbus Day weekend extravaganza where visitors will be able to meet the animals for the first time.

Photo provided by the Wild Center
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.

Photo provided by Whiteface