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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)."

VIEW #1: Fall colors and reflections on Church Pond near Paul Smiths in the Adirondack Park (Franklin County)

Adirondack Fall Leaf Peeping

VIEW #2: Ausable Marsh Wildlife Management Area - photo taken from Ausable Point Campground where the Little Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain (Clinton County)

adirondack fall leaf peeping

Learn more about the Ausable Valley Region »

VIEW #3: Photo taken from Arab Mountain fire tower - view is southeast toward Tupper Lake (St. Lawrence County)

adirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #4: View of Algonquin and Heart Lake - photos taken from Mt. Jo (Essex County)

Adirondack leaf peeping

adirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #5: View of Pharaoh Lake (Pharaoh Lake Wilderness) from Treadway Mountain (Essex County)

adirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #6: Photo taken from Hadley Mountain summit looking north (Saratoga County)

adirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #7: Looking north and west over Elk Lake in the Elk Lake Preserve (Essex County)

adirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #8: Roaring Brook Falls (Essex County)

ADirondack leaf peeping

VIEW #9: Moose River, just west of Old Forge (Herkimer County)

Adirondack leaf peeping

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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