Every season in the Adirondacks is special, with something magical to offer the traveler, but it's the crisp colors of fall and the sight of falling leaves that gives us an extra spring in our steps and make us downright gleeful. Whether you're bounding up a mountain trail among golden leaves or enjoying a tranquil paddle on a glacial pond, exploring with fall views all around will make you gleeful, too. The Whiteface Region, full of stunning mountains, a legendary river, and unique natural attractions, is the perfect place to get close to the joys and eye-popping sights of autumn. Jumping in the leaves isn’t just allowed, it’s highly recommended!
The Foliage Report
Want to see gorgeous foliage but don’t know when to visit? We’ve got you covered! Whether you’re planning a day trip or a weekend adventure, our foliage report is an excellent tool to help you monitor our march toward peak foliage awesomeness! The report is regularly updated with info and vibrant photos to keep you up to date on the seasonal splendor.
Hiking here is all about natural beauty: towering pine trees, winding rivers, and big views. In fall, the views seem to change every day as leaves change color and pile up underfoot, making outdoor adventures extra special. We've got everything from treks up Whiteface, the fifth highest peak in the state, to gentle ambles on flat forest trails. This is an area where you can find a quiet, short trail that will take you to cool ponds or a rugged trek to beautiful Eagle Eyrie on paths less traveled. Whatever your speed or taste for adventure, stunning, fun fall hiking is right here. Choose your own adventure and enjoy the trail.
The Whiteface Region offers truly cool camping options, from quiet, remote backcountry spaces to luxurious glamping, where you don’t even need to bring a tent! This is the place to fall asleep to the sound of bubbling streams and wake up to the call of birds. You’ll find spots for tent and RV camping, camping cabins, and cabin-sized tents with plenty of amenities and homey comforts that put the glam in glamping. The range of options means you can be as close to civilization as you want, and your stay under the stars can make this the fall adventure you’ve always dreamed of. Be sure to bring marshmallows!
Bring the Family!
The Whiteface Region is home to attractions and activities that aren’t just super cool and totally unique, they’re also perfect for getting close to nature and enjoying memorable, family-friendly activities for all ages together. From visiting with reindeer to communing with bears, walking into a natural gorge to having a chat with Santa, the attractions here are as enjoyable as they are unique. Bring your camera, Christmas list, and be prepared for a family vacation no one will forget!
Head out on the Highway
What better way to see stunning fall foliage than on a leisurely road trip? With so many hills, mountains, an epic river, and views galore, taking to the road is a fantastic way to see nature’s big seasonal show. Take your time, cruise the roads, and stop along the way for extra special views, sweet snacks, and plenty of family selfies! You can even make a five-mile trip up the backside of Whiteface for astonishing views of the Adirondacks. Whether you're traveling by car or you're on the motorcycle trip of your dreams, bask in the Adirondack sunshine, and explore what awaits around the next bend in the road.
This fall, match the colors of the season with a New York state craft beer! This is the season that’s all about seasonally-themed brews, so why not indulge? Whether you’re staying in the area or simply traveling through, stop at the North Pole General Store in Wilmington. The selection is sublime, with a great variety of flavors and styles to take home. For a crisp, cold draft, settle in for a treat at Pourman’s Tap House. Beer is a serious thing here! Pourman’s features craft beers on tap and they pair brilliantly with the restaurant’s flavorful, hearty menu of seasonal pub food and flatbread. One visit and you’ll be hooked.
This is the way...to the fish
Fly fishing, a great sport for being immersed in nature, requires specialized technique but once begun, is an addicting art. The Whiteface Region is a trout-filled paradise, so whether you’re already an avid fly fisherman or a beginner who hasn’t gotten their feet wet yet, this is the place to be. The West Branch of the Ausable River is deservedly famous for its beautiful rapids, chutes, and pockets, surrounded by thick forest and mountain views. Local guides provide excellent advice, opportunities to learn, and great fish stories. In fall, when the river is surrounded by stunning foliage, you might even have a hard time concentrating on your line.
From all day expeditions to a quick morning ride, find out why the mountain biking in the Whiteface Region is known throughout the Northeast for the best fun on two wheels. With Whiteface Mountain’s gorgeous foliage peeking at you from every turn and miles of trails to explore throughout the area, mountain biking is exhilarating fun. The region is bursting with trails and adventures that offer technical climbs, flowy single-track, and even a pump track and jump park. Bring your own bikes or rent gear at a local shop and hit the dirt for fun for the whole family. Our trails range from easy to difficult, all with gorgeous, colorful, pine-scented scenery that will keep you coming back for more.