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Insider Secrets: Hidden Fall Gems in the Adirondacks & Places to Stay Near Them

Check out the best fall hidden gems throughout the Adirondacks, submitted by locals and our Facebook fans. We've weaved some lodging suggestions throughout so that you can easily plan a visit around these autumn hotspots.

Must-See Fall Hidden Gems

Top of the World Golf Course

golf cart on golf course with fall foliageTop of the World Golf Course

"If you go to the Top of the World Golf Course, you can see the ENTIRE lake without having to spend time and energy hiking." - Jeremy Brown

Did you know? Top of the World also has as a rustic Adirondack-style inn so you can stay right on sight. If you golf, there's stay and play packages to check out.

NYS Route 9N

Historic Lake George sign, fall foliageAt Sabbath Day Point Overlook on Route 9N, photo credit: Alan Nudi

"Another great spot is a drive along NYS Route 9N near the Ticonderoga Country Club. Stop there and take a few pictures of the orange and red mountaintops. Another great picture taking spot is the Valley View Chapel." - Anthony DeFranco

Trout House Village Resort is one of the pristine spots you'll drive past when going up Route 9N to Fort Ticonderoga. Located in Hague, this year-round resort has a private beach and an on-site hiking trail.

Bolton Landing

view of back deck with yellow foliageChelka Lodge

"Bolton Landing, North Creek is pretty as well." - Beth Blankenship

Chelka Lodge in Bolton Landing is just a few feet from the waters of Lake George and has a private beach on site as well as a large deck overlooking the lake.

Wevertown to Speculator

"If you're looking for a drive, take a late September drive on Route 8 from Wevertown to Speculator - it will reward you with some gorgeous colors and spectacular scenery." - Justin Mahoney

Keep going another 25 minutes past Speculator for an extended further foliage-filled drive to Adirondack Pines Bed & Breakfast in Adirondack. Choose from their bed and breakfast or a three-bedroom cabin rental.

Chestertown and Pottersville

"Driving on Rt 9 between Chestertown and Pottersville - Loon Lake looks awesome in the fall." - Gregory Beckler

Twin Pine Lodge in Chestertown offers authentic log homes or Adirondack-style cottages with fireplaces and woodstoves. Hike on their trails or fish in Loon Lake.

West Stony Creek Falls

trail in the woods and bridge in the fallLapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center

"The West Stony Creek Falls on the Northville-Placid Trail is a moderate 1 1/2 mile hike to a beautiful small cascade on the West Stony Creek. It's very popular with the many outdoor enthusiasts that visit Benson each year."- Mike Humphrey

Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville is minutes from West Stony Creek Falls and is a year-round outdoor center with hiking, fishing, and other activities.

Olympic Ski Jumping Complex

"As home to the 1980 Winter Olympics, we have the ideal man-made leaf peeping lookout - the 120 meter tower at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. Ride the glass elevator to the top for a view that will take your breath away and is just a 5 minute drive from the center of town." - Lori Fitzgerald

The Haus on Mirror Lake is a six-minute drive from the Olymipc Ski Jumping Complex, is situated in the heart of Lake Placid, and many of the rooms offer views of Mirror Lake and the High Peaks.

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