The Pinnacle

Moderate, two miles round-trip

Topping the list of the best views for fall foliage in the Lake George Area is the summit of the Pinnacle. This Bolton Landing hiking trail offers spectacular views all season but gets even more beautiful as the leaves change every autumn. Follow several switchbacks up the steep trail until you reach close-up views of The Sagamore Resort, Dome Island, and Huddle Bay. 

The Pinnacle summit overlooking fall foliage and Lake George

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Stewart Mountain

Easy, 0.84-mile round-trip

Sometimes the best foliage views are found off the beaten path. Chestertown’s Stewart Mountain is a brief (think 20 minutes) out-and-back jaunt to an open summit overlooking Loon Lake. The top of Stewart Mountain has plenty of space for lunch and snacks, and signage describing the mountains hikers can spot in the distance including Gore Mountain. This amazing fall hike is part of the Chester Challenge.

Stewart Mountain hiking trail in the fall

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Dean Farm Heritage Trail

Easy (mostly flat), 3.6 miles, 13 trails

If you want to see all the fall foliage you can handle without breaking a sweat, try the Dean Farm Heritage Trail in Stony Creek, NY. Many of the paths are flat and covered in crushed stone, making them accessible to those who have trouble walking. Benches, picnic tables, and educational signs are placed throughout the trail system making this an excellent fall family activity.

Dean Farm Heritage Trail hiking path in the fall

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Palmer Pond Hiking Trails

Easy, 1.5 miles of trails

The lovely stroll to Palmer Pond doesn’t offer much incline, but the blazing fall foliage hanging over the pond is well worth the walk. Accessible trails lead to this hidden pond, stocked with rainbow and brook trout, perfect for fall fishing excursions. Palmer Pond is an Adirondack paradise in autumn, with hikers, hunters, anglers, and leaf-peepers frequenting the spot annually. The trails to Palmer Pond are part of the Chester Challenge.

Palmer Pond hiking in the fall

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Hackensack Mountain

Easy to Moderate, 3.5 miles

To find the finest fall foliage view of Warrensburg around, you need to hike to the summit of Hackensack Mountain. This recreation system has two trailheads and numerous trails that lead to either the wide open summit or a small pond. The summit boasts a miles-long view of Warrensburg and the colorful mountains beyond. This easy-to-moderate hike is a great foliage run for mountain bikers and is a dog-friendly hike for leashed pets.

Hackensack Mountain hike with views of fall foliage