For everyone who loves a world-class scenic view, it doesn’t get much better than autumn in the Adirondacks. All varieties of deciduous trees in Adirondack Park forests reach peak colors on the same timetable, creating a breathtaking backdrop for fall sightseeing. Check out this Adirondack peak fall foliage viewing times map to help you decide when to head to Gore Region to check out the seasonal colors, then take a look at our recommendations for top leaf-peeping spots:
Go for a scenic drive
The Adirondack Park is crisscrossed with scenic byways and winding backcountry roads. Hop in the car with family, friends, or on your own, turn up the radio, and recharge while taking in the fall colors. Traveling along Route 28 offers beautiful views and easy access to shops and restaurants in Johnsburg hamlets. This blog post gives a nice overview of a sample scenic drive on Route 28. Or, you can always just start driving toward Gore Region and see where the road takes you!
Ride Revolution Rail
Rail biking on Revolution Rail offers riders a unique opportunity for leaf-peeping while they peddle through the forest on the tracks of the historic North Creek Railroad. Railbikers ride through six miles of wilderness as the railway winds through treetops, alongside the Hudson River, and across a gorgeous trestle bridge. The trestle bridge, in particular, allows for spectacular views, and tour guides will assist riders with capturing a memento their outing – and the picturesque foliage – during a photo-op on the bridge.
If you haven’t experienced Revolution Rail yet, fall in the Adirondacks is the perfect time to give it a try.
Take a hike
Immerse yourself in fall colors and fantastic views while staying active by taking to one of the many hiking trails throughout Gore Region. The Crane Mountain trail, Raymond Brook Trailhead, and Schaefer Trail provide more challenging treks for experienced hikers, while The Siamese Pond Trailhead has routes suitable for beginners. These are just a few of the hiking trails in and around Johnsburg, so there’s plenty of exploring to do!
Take a scenic skyride at Gore
What could be better than taking in a prime view of fall foliage in the Adirondacks from a gondola or chair lift high above Gore Mountain? Gore offers scenic skyrides every Saturday and Sunday through October 13th. Skyriders can choose between leaf-peeping in a four-person open-air chairlift, which runs on Saturdays, or aboard a fully-enclosed eight-passenger gondola, which runs on Sundays. Skyrides last around 20-30 minutes. Both the chairlift and gondola rides unload on the mountaintop with access to hiking and biking trails and scenic outlooks.
And don’t forget, the annual Gore Mountain Harvest Fest will be held on October 12th and October 13th. Admission is free, and each day from 10 am until 4:30 pm, the festival offers live music, hearty fall food and refreshing beverages, and entertainment and activities for all ages. Gore Mountain Harvest Fest is a perfect opportunity to get in that scenic skyride while taking part in a fun, family-friendly community event.
Don’t miss out!
With foliage in Johnsburg reaching peak colors in early October – which is right about now – there’s no better time to get out and see what fall in Gore Region is all about!