Long, sunny days have melted the snow off the frozen mountains, swelling rivers and streams below. That means it's officially waterfall season in the Adirondacks. Pull over to gape at a stunning roadside cascade, or make it an adventure day and hike into a picturesque waterfall thundering at full volume. It's a photographer's dream, and a great backdrop for a spring picnic. The influx of water also creates epic whitewater rafting conditions. Long, scenic sections of the Hudson River make the Adirondacks one of the top rafting destinations in the Northeast. Hop in a raft and brace yourself for the cold splash! Water isn't the only thing flowing at full speed. Spring is when Adirondack maple sugaring kicks into high gear. Visit a sugar shack for a behind-the-scenes look at how the region's sweetest treat is made. Make sure you pick up a pint and some maple candy to take home with you!
If you've spent the last few months hiding from the snow and cold indoors, now is the time to get back outside! Embrace the warmer weather by kicking off the Adirondack camping season. From state and private campgrounds to backcountry lean-tos and tent sites, there are countless places to set up camp. Enjoy a peaceful night under the stars with a cozy campfire and a delicious, freshly-roasted s'more. Can't wait to cast a line? Dig your fishing pole and waders out of their place in the closet – spring fishing is underway. Reel in a hungry bass, walleye, or trout from one of the region's pristine lakes or rivers. After a cold winter, you can bet the fish will be biting! And the fish aren't the only animal making a comeback. Grab your binoculars and get back to birding. Hit the trails or post up on a shoreline to catch a glimpse of returning migratory birds as well as the region's year-round feathered friends.