Fall foliage paints the Lake George Area a vast spectrum of colors. From scenic drives along quiet roads to a rental boat ride on Lake George, there are plenty of opportunities to take in the changing colors before all of the leaves hit the ground.

Fall foliage season is a special time in the Lake George Area. The changing colors combined with the year-round natural beauty of the region make for an unbeatable Adirondack experience. There’s no bad way to check out the fall foliage. You can rent a boat from a rental marina and take in the colors lining the lake. Explore an Adirondack hiking trail to an open summit for a miles-long view of the burning red and deep orange colors. Take a scenic drive from town to town and see how the colors mesh with each community. Sit at an outdoor table at a waterfront restaurant and sip a local craft beer while you absorb the view.

When the leaves start to change, it’s time to plan a trip to the Lake George Area.

Scenic Drives

The Lake George Area is a large place. The best way to see everything the region has to offer is by car. Taking a scenic drive through the Adirondacks is the perfect way to spend a day. Take a joyride through winding back roads, passing under looming trees flush with autumn leaves.  Roll down the windows and take a deep breathe of the cool autumn air. Click here for a list of scenic Lake George Area drives.

Autumn Hiking

One of the best ways to view the Lake George Area's brilliant fall foliage is by walking along a forest path or from the peak of a beautiful mountain vista.  The area is full of hiking trails that provide spectacular scenery year round.  Many of the trails offer easy or moderate hikes suitable for most ages and fitness levels.  So grab your gear, dress in layers and head out for a morning or afternoon romp in the woods.


There's something serene and beautiful about the quiet elegance of going up in a hot air balloon.  The experience is made even more dazzling when done amidst a chorus of colors.  Fall foliage season in the Lake George Area is the ideal time to go up.  Experienced pilots in the area know the best spots and flight paths and make the trip easy. Click here for a list of balloon operators.

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway

One of the most spectacular views in the Adirondacks! Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway will be open from Saturday, May 26th through Sunday, November 11th. The spectacular 100-mile view from the 2,030' summit of Prospect Mountain can be achieved by a ten minute, 5.5 mile winding drive.

Lake George Shoreline Cruises

Lake George Shoreline cruises during Thursday Night Fireworks!

Up Yonda Farm Environmental Education Center

72 acres of Adirondack fun in Bolton Landing! Up Yonda Farm is an educational museum that specializes in teaching kids about the Adirondacks. The museum features wildlife exhibits of native mammals and birds such as bears, bobcats, fishers, and porcupines. Hands on children's exhibits feature archaeology digs and touch tables.

Gore Mountain Scenic Gondola Ride

Gore Mountain is a premier state-owned ski area in North Creek, New York, but winter isn’t the only season at Gore. Its trails are open for hiking and mountain biking in the summer and fall.

Adirondack Eagle Flyer Zip Line

Soar like an eagle over the Lake George Area. The Adirondack Eagle Flyer zip line is the Lake George Area's newest high-speed attraction. This one-of-a-kind experience lets riders drop thousands of feet from the summit of French Mountain. Riders soar above the treetops as high as 125-feet off the ground with unsurpassed views of Lake George and the spectacular Adirondack Mountains. 

Whitewater Rafting

Whether you're looking for a thrill or a lazy jaunt down the river, whitewater rafting is a unique and fun way to see the changing leaves.  Grab the family or a few friends and ride the fall waves! For a complete list of whitewater outfitters, click here.

Revolution Rail Co.

Adirondack Adventure Searching for a memorable summer activity for you and your family or friends to enjoy during a Lake George vacation? Look no further than Revolution Rail Co. located in North Creek, NY! This one-of-a-kind excursion takes you into one of the most remote locations in the Adirondack Mountains on a pedal-powered railbike.

Fright Fest at the Great Escape

The Great Escape theme park is known for its thrills with high-speed looping roller coasters and plunging rides. In October, the park is decorated with cobwebs and jack o’ lanterns. Ghostly spirits move in and creepy characters roam the park. During the day, Fright Fest is geared towards younger guests.

Fall Festivals

Around here - we like to celebrate the change of seasons!  It's harvest time so food and beer are on the menu along with music, art, retail therapy, film and balloons! Here's a list of all the Fall Festivals we know you'll love! 45th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival - September 21 - 24