Foliage Report

An awesome Adirondack autumn

Fall is a spectacular time of year to visit the Adirondack Coast. As the Adirondack Mountains burst into color, reflections play off the water of Lake Champlain to magnify the experience. Our numerous other lakes and ponds also serve as perfect reflecting pools.

Up for a hike?

Champlain Area Trails’ collection of 56 family-friendly trails throughout the region will directly connect you to nature and the vibrant Adirondack color of our forests, farms, fields, and wetlands that are so dazzling at this time of year. Consider the Cheney Mountain Trail, Coon Mountain, or the Coot Hill/Big Hollow Trial. All offer stunning views from their summits with vistas stretching north and south for miles along this 125-mile long lake.

Visibility tends to be optimum on those cool crisp fall days. Take the short hike up Belfry Mountain, or one of the slightly more challenging hikes up Poke-O-Moonshine to climb historic fire towers with 360-degree views. Hiking options are endless.

Bring the bike

Autumn is a fantastic time for cycling. Cooler temps and sparkling sunny days make for extremely enjoyable riding. Try one or more of the 14 Adirondack Coast Bikeways themed loops. Ranging in length from 13 to 36 miles, these themed biking loops will wind you through some exceptional landscape you might otherwise miss.

Glide through farm country (Rolling Reber Ramble and Joe’s Random Scoot), alongside our rivers and streams (Women’s Suffrage Way and Water’s Edge Trail ), in the shadow of our mountains (Stoney Lonesome and Coon Mountain Circuit) or in the paths of our history (Fort to Fort and Iron to Iron). Lake Champlain Bikeways has conveniently mapped out your route with details including mile markers and elevations.

Scenic drives

There is no shortage of scenery along Route 9N throughout the Lake Champlain Region, which offers stunning views of foliage along the coast and rolling farmland that you won’t see elsewhere in the Adirondacks.

To help plan your fall trip, check out the foliage reports from 2018.

October 29

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: 100%
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Golden yellows, russets, with some oranges, and reds.
Rating: Peak to past peak. Some pockets of color lingering in the valley, while other areas are past peak.

October 22

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 95-100%
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Golden yellows, russets, with some oranges, and reds.
Rating: Peak to past peak. 

October 15

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 80%
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Some green, but plenty of gold and bright yellows, oranges, and reds.
Rating: Near peak. 

October 9

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 60-90%
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Lingering green in the valley with some golden yellows, russets, reds, and bright bursts of orange. 
Rating: Near peak. 

October 1

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 30-50%
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Still considerably green in the valley with golden yellows, russetts, and some bursts of flame red and orange. 
Rating: Midpoint. 

September 24

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 15-25%, more in elevated areas.
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Still considerably green in the valley with golden yellows, russetts, and occasional bright spots of color.
Rating: Beginning. 

September 17

Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: Estimating 10-20%, most at elevation climbing out of the valley.
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Still considerably green in the valley along the lake. Some tingest of rust, golden yellows, and occationsl bright spots of color.
Rating: Beginning. 

September 10
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the upcoming weekend: 5-15%, most at elevation, away from the lake.
Brilliance: Average.
Predominating colors: Predominantly green with some tinges of rust and occassional brights. 
Rating: Just beginning.