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Leaf Peeping in Lake George: Check Out the Top Fall Foliage Spots

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Fall foliage is a major Lake George attraction each year, with vibrant colors taking over the trees for just a few short weeks. But what's the best way to enjoy the foliage? Where are the leaf peeping hotspots?

Below, we've rounded up six of our favorite places that are perfect to enjoy the fall foliage. With each leaf peeping gem we've included a suggestion for a nearby place to go to grab a bite to eat or find a fun activity.

Take a Walk Through Shepard Park & Stop at Adirondack Winery

fall foliage in Shepard Park

Shepard Park, right on the shores of Lake George and close to all the action in the Village, offers scenic sights of the foliage both in the park and across the lake. Take a walk or find a bench to relax on and soak up the sights.

Adirondack Winery is right across from the park, so make sure to pop in for a tasting or to stock up on your favorites. And, October is "Drink Pink" Month at the winery - enjoy a pink-themed wine tasting and help them raise funds for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. They also typically have a few Uncork & Craft events that take place in the fall.

Hike - Or Drive! - Up Prospect Mountain & Grab a Bite at Pizza Jerks

view of fall foliage from Prospect Mountain

Photo credit: justinanewton, licensed by CC BY-ND 2.0

You can't mention the best fall foliage places in Lake George without including a hike or two. The views from summits in this area are breathtaking this time of year! What's great about Prospect Mountain is that if you're not up for a hike you can drive instead. The Veterans Memorial Highway is open through November 11, 2021, weather permitting, and typically costs $10 per car; fees are temporarily dismantled, as the shuttle is unavailable (as are the view scopes).

We recommend rewarding yourself after your hike - or even your drive! - with mouthwatering pizza from Pizza Jerks. This favorite of Lake George locals is within walking distance of the Prospect Mountain foot trail entrance on Smith Street.

Check Out Fort William Henry & Visit the Museum

hotel by fall foliage

Fort William Henry (the resort and the museum) is at an ideal spot on Lake George's southern shore, where you can enjoy foliage on the property and around the lake. Take a walk along Beach Road or check out Lake George Battlefield Park nearby for spectacular views.

The museum is open through October for tours - they even host ghost tours this time of year if you're interested in extending your fall fun to Halloween activities!

Enjoy Foliage on the Lake With the Lake George Steamboat Company

steamboat on the lake with fall foliage in the background

Sure, you can see and take pictures of the exquisite foliage while walking or sitting by the lake. But what if you could be on the lake, with 360 degree views of Lake George's foliage at its peak?

Perhaps the best way to experience foliage on the water is with the Lake George Steamboat Company, that offers a variety of themed cruises. In the fall, they often do a Foliage Cruise, Oktoberfest Luncheon Cruise, and Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise.

See the Colors on the East Side of the Lake & Dine at The View

view of fall foliage over lake

We've highlighted some great fall foliage spots in or near the Village, but don't be afraid to branch off the beaten path and take a drive up the eastern side of the lake on Route 9L. You'll pass plenty of trees with bright leaves along the way and then you can end your journey with a stop at The View at Dunham's Bay Resort.

They don't call it "The View" for nothing. Enjoy a front row seat to the foliage over the lake while enjoying a fresh, locally sourced meal. The View's hours vary by season, but they're typically open for dinner seven days a week in the fall, for lunch on Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. You could time your visit so you could see the sun set over the lake!

Scale Cat or Thomas Mountain in Bolton Landing Then Grab a Beer at Bolton Landing Brewery

fall foliage from summit

Photo credit: Shriram Rajagopalan, licensed by CC BY 2.0

If you're up for a hike, Cat and Thomas Mountains near Bolton Landing each offer panoramic fall foliage views. The Cat and Thomas Mountain Preserve is just five minutes from Bolton Landing and is owned by the Lake George Land Conservancy. There are a few options for trails that range in difficulty.

Reward yourself with a refreshing beer after your hike at Bolton Landing Brewing, just about 10 minutes from the preserve. They offer local craft beers, light fare, and a welcoming area to relax in after your foliage adventures.

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