Autumn in the Adirondacks
Fall is a magical time of year in New England there is no doubt about that. But nowhere quite does Autumn like the Adirondacks.
I spent two weekends this October exploring the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks in upstate New York, an area comprised of 46 mountain peaks and thus endless hiking, camping and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Here are a few highlights from our trip, plus a few of my favorite trails and potential campsites to help you plan your next trip!
Beaver Meadow Falls
7.4 miles round trip
The first three miles of this hike are along a dirt road following the East Branch Ausable River making it a beautiful and fairly easy hike. Well worth the view of the falls pictured above!
Trailhead is located here St Huberts parking area/trailhead
For more info click HERE!
9.4 miles round trip
Rainbow falls is also a beautiful waterfall destination. The trailhead is the same as Beaver Meadow but you can find more information about parking and hiking to the falls HERE.
10.4 miles round trip
One of the most picturesque and well known vistas of the High Peaks region, Indian Head is a must see. The way the mountains slope down on either side toward Lower Ausable Lake makes for a beautiful though often quite windy view point. The trail head is also the same as Rainbow and Beaver Meadow Falls and follows along the beautiful Gill Brook which itself has many beautiful waterfalls and pools.
For more info on hiking Indian Head click HERE!
1.8 mile loop
A relatively short but fairly steep hike, the Mt. Jo trailhead leaves from Heart Lake and the South Meadows campground. View from the summit pictured above.
For more info on hiking Mt. Jo click HERE!
Mt. Van Hoevenburg
4.4 miles out and back
Mt. Van Hoevenburg is another popular, moderate hike featuring multiple lookouts to peep all the Fall colors. See image above or click HERE for more information on where to park and hit the trail!
There is a lot of great camping in this region but definitely plan ahead. Peak foliage brings flocks of people and campsites fill up fast. (We learned the hard way and ended up driving about an hour south before we found a spot for the night!)
See a comprehensive list of campsites to reserve HERE.
South Meadows Campground
Tucked away a few miles down a dirt road from the main Route 73 is South Meadows campground. This campground is walking distance from Heart Lake and the trailhead for Mt. Jo making it the perfect home base to access either of these beautiful locations! South Meadows features drive-up as well as walk-in campsites on a first come first serve basis.
Lake Placid, New York
GPS: 44.19338, -73.95403
Right off Route 73 Chapel Pond has about six campsites, both drive-up and walk-in. Pit toilet and fire pits are at this location. For more information click HERE via Freecampsites.net
Keene Valley, New York
GPS: 44.142588, -73.750566
North Fork Boquet River
Keene Valley, New York
GPS: 44.112899, -73.709373
Also right off Route 73 , is camping at North Fork Boquet River. Being right off the main road makes it not the most quiet location, but there are five first come first serve campsites, and it’s right by the river! For more information click HERE via Freecampsites.net