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Carl Heilman II's Guide to Leaf Peeping: Stunning Photos & Where to Find Those Views

During the fall, you'll find beautiful, irreplaceable views from the Adirondack Park's mountains and lakes. Never been? In this guide, you will not only see Carl Heilman II's beautiful photographs, but he will share with you where the photo was taken, giving you different destinations to get the best views.

fall foliage view from summit

Carl gives his tips on when the best time is to discover fall foliage, and where you should go in the Adirondack Park:

"Fall colors are pretty much an elevation thing. Highest go first followed by the valleys and foothills. Typically colors start in the central High Peaks (Adk Loj area - 2000 to 3000 feet) around the last week of September and work out from there with nice overlap in a good season. Colors in Lake Placid / Keene Valley and other areas (1500 - 2000 feet) will generally be around the first week of October. Lower elevations toward the next week with latest being in the Champlain Valley / Lake George area near the third week of October or later - (100 to 1000 feet)."

Church Pond

This lovely photo was taken near Paul Smiths.
foliage by lake

Ausable March Wildlife Management Area

Shown here is Ausable Point Campground where the Little Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain.
canoe in lake in fall

Arab Mountain Fire Tower

Here we see a stunning view from Arab Mountain Fire Tower, looking southeast toward Tupper Lake.

Mt. Jo

Check out this view of Algonquin and Heart Lake, taken from Mt. Jo.
foliage and lake

Pharaoh Lake Wilderness

Pharaoh Lake in the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness is gorgeous when viewed from Treadway Mountain!
foliage and lake

Hadley Mountain

Hadley Mountain, a doable hike for older kids, boasts fantastic foliage.
kid on summit in fall

Roaring Brook Falls

A waterfall surrounded by foliage? Yes, please!
waterfall in fall

Moose River

Moose River is just west of Old Forge.
river and foliage

For more fall foliage and gorgeous views of the Adirondacks, check out Carl's book Photographing the Adirondacks.

See the Adirondack Fall Foliage Report »

View the Guide to Lakes & Ponds in the Adirondacks »

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