7 Fall Hikes To Write Home About

Check out these seven fall foliage hikes for all abilities guaranteed to put you in a place that doesn't need a photo filter.

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Find inspiration and your next fall hiking trail and prepare for an autumn adventure in New York's Adirondacks!

  1. Oak Rim Trail in the Tug Hill State Forest is an ambling 2.2 miles trail running along the edge of Inman Gulf. The reward is a spectacular view of Rainbow Falls, a cascading waterfall framed by white ash, black cherry and beech trees, making for a colorful autumn setting.

    Scenes along the Inman Gulf in the Tug Hill Region
    Scenes along the Inman Gulf in the Tug Hill Region | Photo: Eric Adsit
  2. Six-Mile Creek Trail, part of the "Cranberry Lake 50," a hiking challenge that connects 50 miles of trails in the Five Ponds Wilderness, offers a moderate hike, passing around Olmstead Pond Loop and Cowhorn Pond to end at Cowhorn Junction. Keep an eye out for vibrant orange and red sugar maple trees!

    Views along the Cranberry Lake 50 Trail Network
    Views along the Cranberry Lake 50 Trail Network | Photo: @kivalo26
  3. The Plattsburgh Heritage Trail offers a trifecta of hiking highlights: historic sites, fall foliage against Lake Champlain, and a route that travels right through downtown, offering easy access to great restaurants and pubs in case you get thirsty. Whip around City Hall, check out the Kent Delord House and snap a few photos at the Champlain Monument with its majestic backdrop before heading to Trinity Park for a picnic.

    Champlain Monument at sunset on the Plattsburgh Heritage Trail
    Champlain Monument at sunset on the Plattsburgh Heritage Trail | Photo: @irishse7enphotos
  4. High Falls on the Chateauguay River is one of the Adirondacks' hidden gems. Located off of Route 11, the falls cascade for over 120 feet down a deep gorge cut into the river before leveling out in a shallow rocky riverbed.

    High Falls on the Chateauguay River
    High Falls on the Chateauguay River | Photo: @theoldtimestraightrazors
  5. Mount Severance off of Route 9 in Schroon Lake is short but sweet with a great view from the summit. At 2.4 miles roundtrip, this moderate climb offers views of Schroon Lake, the Pharaoh Lake Wilderness, and mountains draped in colorful fall foliage.

    Mount Severance overlooking Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks
    Mount Severance overlooking Schroon Lake in the Adirondacks | Photo: @sketchypecce
  6. Cat and Thomas Mountain in Bolton Landing offers trails that combine old logging roads and forested trails. Take the Orange Trail and wind 716 feet to the summit, offering 360 degree views from a rock summit of the lake below.

    Cat and Thomas Mountains overlooking Lake George in the Adirondacks
    Cat and Thomas Mountains overlooking Lake George in the Adirondacks | Photo: @jackiecorbs
  7. Castle Rock in Blue Mountain Lake is a popular hike in the summer, but fall is when the view comes alive. At three miles roundtrip, this moderate hike offers views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

    Castle Rock Overlooking Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks
    Castle Rock Overlooking Blue Mountain Lake | Photo: @katekehrer

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