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Lake George Fall Leaf Peeping Guide

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fall foliage map for adirondacks and lake georgeDid you know Lake George features some of the best views of autumn in the Adirondacks? The leaves begin to turn in the Adirondack Park in late September, and before you know it, the surrounding mountains are full of color.

[Alert] 2021 Fall Foliage Forecast

(10/5/2021) - Typically, the Lake George area is at full peak foliage the weekend of Columbus Day. The forecast currently predicts full color to hit the region between October 15th and 25th. However, foliage is dependent on weather conditions and Mother Nature, and is subject to change.

When to Go Leaf Peeping

The first two weeks of October is typically when foliage reaches its peak in the Lake George region. This does vary - Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman II has reported seeing striking color through the third week of October in some years! Higher elevations, such as in the Adirondack High Peaks, reach peak foliage sooner than Lake George.

Keep an eye on the foliage report from ILoveNY and check it again before you head out to experience everything Lake George in the fall.

Where to Go Leaf Peeping

Below, we highlight top spots in the Lake George region and beyond where you can see prime foliage. We get into scenic drives, fall foliage hikes, and unique ways to enjoy the colors - like from a hot air balloon!

Check out six of our favorite places to view the fall foliage, along with attractions and activities you'll find nearby.
Whether it's from a steamboat, a horse, or even a hot air balloon, there are all kinds of ways to view the fall foliage.
fall bike trail
Alan Nudi
Go on an outdoor leaf peeping adventure this fall! Hiking and biking are two popular activities for foliage viewing in the area.
Want to relax while you go leaf peeping in Lake George? Take a trip along one of these scenic drives.
The entire North Country comes alive with color during autumn! Take a trip to nearby Washington County for amazing views of the countryside.
Learn about when the locals believe you should visit the Lake George Region to see the beautiful colors of fall.
aerial view of Fort Ticonderoga area
Fort Ticonderoga
There are tons of places to go leaf peeping around the region, but these are the attractions you just can't miss.
foliage by hotel
Fort William Henry
Wondering where you should go leaf peeping in Lake George and the Adirondacks? Visit these local favorites!
Within the Lake George region there are hidden gems leaf peepers should check out during peak foliage.
If you need some help planning your leaf peeping adventure, read these top tips about fall in Lake George!
We've paired area leaf peeping photos from Adirondack photographer Carl Heilman II with nearby lodging options.

Pro tip: Many hotels, motels, and resorts offer fall getaway packages »

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