Best Ways to Experience Fall in Lake Placid

Best Ways to Experience Fall in Lake Placid

Fall is an excellent season to enjoy the cooling weather and local traditions. There are many traditional ways to enjoy the season and events to attend with friends and family to mark the start of autumn. 

There are plenty of things to do in the fall at Lake Placid to bring in the season, including scenic hikes, historic ghost tours, apple picking and fall festivals. No matter what you enjoy, Lake Placid has fall activities for everyone. Learn more below about these activities and how Kampgrounds of America can accommodate your getaway.

Explore Fall Foliage in the Adirondacks

As summer turns to fall, the local trees and foliage transform from a luscious green to a stunning combination of golden yellows, flaming reds and brilliant oranges. The Adirondacks are well known for their incredible fall foliage, whether you enjoy a scenic drive or watch the colors reflect on top of Lake Placid. Nothing will get you in the mood for the season more than witnessing the trees and greenery shift across the color spectrum.

Lake Placid has some of the best fall foliage in the Adirondacks that lasts longer than other fall foliage destinations in the country. One of the best ways to enjoy nature during the changing season is to plan a scenic hike to some of the best views in the area. As you drive towards the lake, you'll enjoy the breathtaking scenery.

Once you arrive at your destination, there are many hiking trails in the area to help you capture the essence of fall. The Heaven Hill Trail has some of the best fall foliage around, with the leaves changing colors as early as Labor Day to mark the start of the autumn season. 

If you want an elevated view of the stunning fall colors, the hiking trails at Mount Jo, Hurricane Mountain and Mount Van Hoevenburg offer the perfect opportunities to view the colors change alongside scenic waterways, mountain ranges and forestry.

High Falls Gorge is a picturesque waterfall hike just a short distance from Lake Placid. This location offers many photo opportunities to capture the season, with glass-floor walkways, charming hiking trails, and the perfect view of the local mountain range as the fall colors blossom on the trees.

Remember to prepare for your hike with plenty of water, snacks and comfortable shoes to make the most of your trip. Planning a picnic with your friends or family is an excellent way to enjoy the view as you take in the changing seasons.

Take a Ghost Tour on the Haunted History Trail

If a spooky, historical ghost tour is more up your alley to get in the mood for the season, the Greater Adirondack Ghost and Tour Company is an excellent option for fall activities in the Adirondacks. They offer ghost tours along the historic haunted trails in the Adirondacks region, letting you learn about the local history. At the same time, you engage with fun stories about the town's spirits and personalities. 

The touring company offers weekly tours, and your tour guide will guide you through the town by lantern light while recounting past stories. You'll learn about the fascinating history of the 1814 Battle of Plattsburgh and the American and British soldiers who fought in the pivotal battle. As dusk settles over the horizon, your guide will take you through the spine-chilling locales to learn about the legends of local spirits.

The haunted history trail is just a short distance away from Lake Placid, offering you an excellent way to enjoy the season and prepare for the Halloween holiday. When you schedule a tour, you can book private groups or events to accommodate your friends or family. The staff will also help you curate a personal itinerary to get the most out of your tour.

Pick Apples at the Orchards

One of the most traditional ways to enjoy the fall season is to go apple picking in the local orchards. You can enjoy the local weather while picking delectable apples to take home to your friends and family. Many orchards in the area also offer fall baked goods, pumpkin picking and other fresh produce. Some of these orchards also offer cider, which is the perfect drink to bring in the season.

Some of the apple orchards you can visit in the Adirondacks area, just a short distance away from Lake Placid, include:

  • Banker Orchards
  • Billy Bob's Orchard
  • Rogers Family Orchard
  • Bowman Orchards
  • Apple Hill Orchards
  • Sand Flats Orchard LLC

These are just a few of the many orchards in the area you can enjoy during your trip. Taking part in apple picking is one of the best Lake Placid autumn activities to get you in the mood for the emerging fall season!

Enjoy the Annual Fall Festivals

Fall events near Lake Placid occur yearly, such as the Brewfest that comes to town in October, allowing locals and tourists to enjoy beers from around the country. The Brewfest lets individuals talk with the brewers to learn more about the beverages and why they're so delicious. It also offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy a beer with friends and family while taking in the stunning local scenery.

Other fall events also occur in the area for those who prefer something else or want to complement their Brewfest experience. For example, the late September hot air balloon festival features vendors, crafters, live music and family-friendly activities. Other fall festivities you can enjoy in the Adirondacks area include:

  • The Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration in early September
  • The Cream Cheese festival in mid-September
  • The Great Adirondack Moose Festival in late September
  • The Harvest Festival & Civil War Living History in late September

Other towns or local municipalities may also offer their own unique fall celebrations. Whenever you plan to take your trip to Lake Placid, there are bound to be activities for you and your loved ones to enjoy.

Plan a Trip to Lake Placid or Whiteface Mountain with KOA

Kampgrounds of America offer some of the best camping experiences in the Lake Placid area. Camping is an excellent way to get in touch with nature as the fall season approaches. You can enjoy the changing seasons and the local activities with all the amenities KOA offers, such as planned activities, dog-friendly lodging, charcoal girls, playgrounds and an on-site general store.

KOA is your avenue for reliable and joyful dun, giving you the best opportunity to enjoy the fall season. Take your next camping trip at Lake Placid to the next level with KOA, and reserve your spot today!

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