Looking for fall fun or colorful foliage? The Adirondack Park is the place to be this month, and below we’ve highlighted upcoming festivals and events, as well as some newsy updates.
Fall Festivities & Fun ADK Events to Check Out
It’s shaping up to be an eventful Columbus Day weekend in the Adirondacks! Get the latest on fall festivals and craft fairs, food-themed events, and more:
- Nettle Meadow Farm Presents Cheese Jam II: October 8
- Annual Garlic Festival at the Warrensburgh Riverfront Farmers Market: October 8
- Gore Mountain Master Craft Series: October 9 – 10
- Bolton Art & Craft Festival: October 9 – 10
- Lake Placid Classic: October 9
- Furry Friends Fall Festival: October 9
- Long Lake Harvest Craft Fair: October 9
- Thurman Fall Farm Tour: October 9
- Fright Nights at the Farm: October 9
- Adirondack Loon Celebration: October 10
- 6th Annual Adirondack Film Festival: October 14 – 17
Quick News to Know Around the Park
We have three newsy tidbits for you to know about this week, including:
Fall Foliage Update: Peak Colors Predicted in the Tri-Lakes Region
According to I Love NY’s Fall Foliage Report for the Week of October 6 – 12, 2021, field observers in the Tri-Lakes Region of the Adirondacks predict peak conditions with bright shades of orange, yellow, and red leaves this weekend. Outside that area of the Park, predictions call for about 75% color change in Newcomb, 40% color change in Ticonderoga, 80% color change in Old Forge, and only about 25% color change in Lake George.
Note that fall foliage is dependent on weather conditions, and it is subject to change. See the full report here: https://www.iloveny.com/things-to-do/fall/foliage-report/
DEC’s Annual Arbor Day Poster Contest Happening Now
Got trees? Photos of trees, that is! If you love snapping pictures of area trees, then you should get in on this contest from the DEC. (They don’t have to be of fall foliage, although now is a great time to get out there.)
Photographers and artists can submit photos or original artwork from now through December 31, 2021, to “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your name, address, and if it’s a photo, where it was taken. Entries must feature trees within New York State, and you’re limited to three submissions. If there are people in any photos, they must sign a model consent form.
The winner will have their work featured on the 2022 Arbor Day Poster. Good luck!
Cascade Mountain Exceeds Capacity, Plans for New Trail in the Works
As one of the most popular High Peak hikes, Cascade Mountain has become flagged as an area of concern. A new study reported by New York Almanack indicates that the current level of use is resulting in degradation of the trail, the surrounding ecosystem, and it’s created “unsustainable levels of damage.”
According to the report, the current Cascade Mountain trail was designed back in the 1980s by the Adirondack Mountain Club, and was intended to handle around 15,000 to 20,000 hikers per year; by 2015 that number increased to 30,000.
A new, sustainable trail is in the works with plans to close off the old trail. This new trail should be able to handle 40,000 to 60,000 hikers per year.
The study was conducted by Adirondack Council, and you can see the full report here: https://www.adirondackcouncil.org/vs-uploads/pdf/1633025135_Cascade_Carrying_Capacity_WhitePaper2021.pdf
- New York Almanack: Report Concludes Cascade Mountain Trail Exceeding Capacity