The Lake Champlain Adventurer's Guide to Fall

For a gorgeous fall adventure, road trip, or getaway, the Lake Champlain region has it all. With a rolling landscape ideal for getting outside and savoring fresh air and fresh views, there’s something magical around every bend in the trail or road. Make your own history this fall in our historic region.

Foliage Report

Crisp leaves, stunning colors, apples, cider, and donuts. Oh and gorgeous views of mountains and historic Lake Champlain. What more could you ask for? Fall is a truly beautiful and comfortable time to visit the Lake Champlain region, and our foliage reports will help you plan your trip and know when foliage is at its peak. Pack your favorite sweater, charge up the camera, and get ready for a fall that is magically beautiful.

Aerial shot of the Lake Champlain region as the colors turn in fall foliage

Hiking

With more than 200 miles of trails in the region, ranging from secluded ponds to more rigorous peaks and a lot of wilderness in between, the cooler temps of fall, combined with incomparable foliage views, make the Lake Champlain Region an ideal hiking destination. Try an all-day hike up a mountain or a scenic walk in the woods, the choice is all yours. We have the trails — and the views — that you’ve been looking for. Follow up with local cider and you’ve got the ideal outdoor adventure.

A woman looks out at the mountains from a fire tower as the sun sets

History

What happens when you mix an important body of water, the struggle for nationhood, and a passion for preservation? You get the amazing mix of historic sites in the Lake Champlain Region! Immerse yourself in a Revolutionary War fort, engage in period activities, explore ruins, and tour local history museums to learn about the fascinating history of the area. The visual splendor of fall is the perfect time to go for a road trip and learn how this landscape shaped a nation, and about the extraordinary people who have made their mark here.

The sun shines over the walls of Fort Ticonderoga

Mountain Biking

We have a lot of amazing scenery and famous historic sites here, but did you know we also have some pretty epic, berm-tastic, and ruggedly cool mountain biking trails, too? Shhh, it’s a bit of a secret. Try a half-day trip with the kids or come just for the biking. We have miles and miles of mountain and forest trails and networks that mean you can choose your own adventure. We love fall biking thanks to cooler temps and that signature golden glow you’ll find all around you.

A man rides a mountain bike down a trail in the woods

Cycling

Quiet country roads and wide open vistas overlooking the sparkling expanse of Lake Champlain, coupled with the bright colors of fall and the flutter of falling leaves make fall cycling extra pretty and extra relaxing. Savor the fresh air and cool breezes as you ride through historic scenery, past apple orchards, and through woods abundant with shades of yellow, orange, and red. Fall here is truly eye-popping, so take your time exploring.

A woman rides her bike along a misty, empty road at dawn.

Agritourism

One of the most unique aspects of the Lake Champlain landscape is the gentle combination of rolling farmland, hills, and mountains, all of which come alive with color in the fall. Agriculture has long played an important role in the region, and today many family-run farms still provide fresh food to visitors and residents. Take the time to sample apple cider and fall produce, roam a friendly corn maze, or base your autumn getaway at a farmhouse bed and breakfast to fully embrace the character of this amazing place.

Two hands hold a bunch of freshly picked radishes


Start planning your autumn getaway today!