In the fall, the Adirondacks becomes a world bursting with the colorful adventure that’s a playground for kids and adults alike! Although Old Forge is known primarily for leaf-peeping, there are so many more exciting possibilities for fall fun in the Adirondacks. Here is a list of a few activities that the whole family can enjoy together to really make your time in beautiful upstate New York a time you’ll remember for years to come!
McCauley Mountain Scenic Chair Lift
Once Autumn hits, you’ll witness nature’s amazing show as the colors of the Adirondacks change. Enjoy the stunning fall views of the historic Fulton Chain of Lakes as it stretches to the east with the line of the High Peaks rising beyond from the McCauley Mountain Scenic Chair. On a clear day, Whiteface Mountain and Mount Marcy are visible on the horizon.
Old Forge Hiking Trails
There is a multitude of trails in Old Forge that are perfect for young kids, with Bald Mountain being one of them! Young kids will enjoy finding and identifying colors. A fun project is to have them draw pictures of the colorful leaves. Ignite their imagination and encourage them to bring some fallen leaves back home to make crafts out of their colorful souvenirs.
Old Forge Camping Resort Taste of Fall Festival
September 15-16, 2017 is The Taste of Fall Festival at Old Forge Camping Resort featuring the 10th Annual Campers Cook-Off! This is a popular event with a weekend full of special vendors, crafts, and family-friendly activities including the 15th anniversary of the famous Camper’s Cook-Off. The Camper’s Cook-Off themed ingredient this year is APPLES. All entries must include the themed ingredient & must be cooked on your campsite. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place by popular vote! Not a cook? No problem! After judging, you’re welcome to sample the entries and vote for your favorite! The fall foliage should be near full-peak that weekend, so be sure to make a reservation soon!
Autumn Adventure Weekends at Old Forge Camping Resort
This is Old Forge Camping Resort’s most popular event! Face painting, tie-dye, hay rides, a pumpkin carving contest, trick-or-treating, a costume parade, and more! Cabins at the resort will be on sale for the three Autumn Adventure weekends for only $89/night for 2 people!
In 2017, they will be hosting 3 of these popular weekends:
• September 22-23
• September 29-30
• October 13-14
Enjoy pumpkin everything at Ozzie’s Coffee Bar! Ozzie’s is located right on Main Street in Old Forge and will feature a variety of fall-themed coffee and desserts. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin apple cider, pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks, pumpkin bread, are just a few of the mouth-watering treats you can treat yourself to at Ozzie’s!
Adirondack Music, Art & Food Festival
On Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24, The 3rd Annual Adirondack Music, Art and Food Festival at View! A weekend full of everything we have to offer! For complete information on performances, please visit www.viewarts.org/events/upcoming-events/adirondack-music-art-and-food-festival or call VIEW at 315-369-6411.
In the fall, we all love to get out and see the colors on a good tramp through the woods, but why not let a horse do the walking? Another unique way to view the fall foliage is on horseback. Adirondack Saddle Tours offers rides to all ages. Prices start an affordable $45 per person and you can explore trails through the beautiful Adirondack woods, by Cascade Lake, Cascade Falls and by Moss Lake!
Fall Fun for the Whole Family
In conclusion, there are so many ways to experience Adirondacks in the fall season. From scenic views to tasty treats, costume parades to horseback riding, the possibilities for fall family enjoyment are endless! Turn your visit into an unforgettable and affordable weekend by staying at either Water’s Edge Inn or Old Forge Camping Resort. We can’t wait to see you!