To see the most colorful and vibrant fall foliage in New York State, there’s no better place to be than the Adirondack Park. The region is a leaf peeper’s paradise, but do you know the best spot to visit? According to U.S. News, the Adirondack’s own Lake Placid is one of the top towns in the entire country for leaf peeping!
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Witness Fall Foliage in Lake Placid
Nestled near the border of the High Peaks Wilderness, the Village of Lake Placid offers unparalleled leaf peeping opportunities. The community’s mountain backdrop transforms into a breathtaking mix of red, orange, and yellow as the leaves changes color during fall.
To see this transformation firsthand, the recommended time to visit Lake Placid for peak foliage is the first week of October. Start planning your leaf peeping trip to the Adirondacks before it’s too late!
Best Leaf Peeping Sites
While everyone has their favorite places to see the fall foliage, Lake Placid is home to some excellent leaf peeping sites. While Whiteface in nearby Wilmington, NY is an obvious choice, some of the best options in the area include:
- Mirror Lake – Visit this lake in the heart of Lake Placid for a stunning view of the surrounding fall foliage.
- Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex – Celebrate the colors of fall at this outdoor sports venue! You can catch the annual Flaming Leaves Festival at the ski jumping complex too.
- A Local Hike – Experience fall foliage views from a local summit, such as Mount Redfield. Or, take a walk through the woods on a nature trail; Henry’s Woods is a popular option.
- Scenic Drives – Take a scenic drive through the Lake Placid Region to see how the colors look in different areas. You can ride on Mirror Lake Drive, Adirondack Loj Road, Route 86, and more.
What is your favorite place for leaf peeping in the Adirondacks?
- U.S. News – 50 Small Towns Across America With Gorgeous Fall Foliage