"I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin, and crisp sunburnt leaves."

Ann Drake

As a lifelong resident of the northeast, I have always equated fall with the idea of leaf peeping road trips and bike rides. Exploring the explosions of colors in towns both familiar and unfamiliar to me is perhaps my favorite tradition, one I eagerly look forward to year after year. While my Syracuse, NY roots have me genetically programmed to bleed orange ("Go SU!"), even the wave of Syracuse University orange that surrounds the community has nothing on the vibrant orange that explodes throughout the fall foliage of the Adirondacks. Combined with golden yellows and fiery reds, any visitor to the region will be amazed by the visual spectacle of this magical slice of heaven in Upstate NY, and the Lake Champlain Region is a masterpiece of its very own.

Be sure to check out these ten spots during your next leaf peeping adventure through Lake Champlain!

1. The Big Hollow Trail (Crown Point, NY)

Red, orange, and yellow trees cover the mountains against a blue sky

2. Crown Point Historic Site (Crown Point, NY)

A tree covered in orange and yellow leaves pops amongst barren trees along a leaf-covered trail

3. Crown Point Campground (Crown Point, NY)

Trees align a road along a lake as red, yellow, and orange leaves begin to show

4. Edgemont Road (Port Henry, NY)

Red, orange, and yellow trees stand against a blue sky with a lake and mountains in the background

5. Court Street (Elizabethtown, NY)

A tree with bright red leaves stands out along the side of a street. A tall white building is across the road.

6. LaChute River Walk Trail (Ticonderoga, NY)

Tall trees with yellow and green leaves line a gravel path.

7. LaChute River Falls, as seen from the LaChute River Walk (Ticonderoga, NY)

Red, orange, and yellow trees surround a river with small waterfalls

8. Lincoln Pond (Elizabethtown, NY)

Red, orange, and yellow trees stand beside a pond with blue skies above

9. Penfield Pond (Crown Point, NY)

Orange and yellow trees stand beside a smooth pond

10. Poke-O-Moonshine Mountain, as seen from Route 9 (Chesterfield, NY)

Red, orange, and yellow trees stand against a tall rock wall face with blue skies above

Come out and visit!

The leaves are already starting to show pops of color. Avoid missing out and plan your next visit to the Lake Champlain Region! No matter where you go, there will be plenty of delicious dining options to fuel your foliage-filled day. Treat yourself by booking a stay at one of our accommodations and give yourself a multi-day Adirondack getaway. Happy leaf peeping!