Any time of year is the perfect time to take a scenic drive through the Adirondacks but fall makes the ride extra special. And boy, do we have some amazing scenery. Hop in the car and check out some of the great routes below. 

Make a day of it

Of course, driving is fun, but so is hiking. So how about stopping to hit a trail along the way? Try one of these short 1-2 hour hikes in combination with your travels and you'll get the best of both worlds. And we know you'll get hungry somewhere along the way, so why not check out the many local restaurants and farmers markets you'll encounter?

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Adirondack Loj Road
Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Enjoy one of the most scenic (and photographed!) roads in all of the Adirondack Park, lightly traveled and delightful in all seasons. In a valley ringed by the High Peaks. 9.6 miles round trip. Hiking at Heart Lake.

  
Wilmington Notch
Route 86, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This stretch of road along Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington follows the Ausable River for most of its length. There are tumbling rapids and towering mountains. Abundant pull-offs for picnicking and picture taking. Distance: 25 miles round trip.

  
Bear Cub in the woods
Bear Cub Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Some extraordinarily beautiful sweeping vistas in what is still farm country, even in the High Peaks. Stop by the Uhlein Forest, home of the Cornell University Sugar Maple Research headquarters, and pick up some maple-y goodies. 6.2 miles there and back.

  
Riverside Drive Loop
Rte 86 and Rte 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Begin or end the scenic possibilities with the high vantage point of the ski jumps' 120 meter tower. Follow the river with this quiet, flat loop with abundant photo opportunities. The Ausable River is on one side, and many brooks on the other. The...

  
Mirror Lake Drive
Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Drive around Mirror Lake, a tranquil spot in the heart of Lake Placid. The town beach and park is off Parkside Drive, just past the Post Office. Pier, benches, playground equipment. 2.7 mile loop.

  
Franklin Falls Loop
Main St, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

This is a scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Cycling Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall, when crisp temperatures are perfect for longer, more strenuous routes. LENGTH: 46 miles. LOOP DIRECTIONS...

  
Adirondack Loj Road
Adirondack Loj Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Enjoy one of the most scenic (and photographed!) roads in all of the Adirondack Park, lightly traveled and delightful in all seasons. In a valley ringed by the High Peaks. Paved, easy, 9.6 miles round trip. Services and recreation at Heart Lake.

  
River Road
River Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling River Road boasts excellent views in both directions for a 4.1 mile one way or 8.2 mile down and back route. Running Run along the Ausable River as it flows in and out along the road. Catch breathtaking views of the High Peaks and Ski Jumps...

  
Ironman Loop
Lake Placid, Keene, Jay, Wilmington, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling Cruise the hills of three towns and test yourself on the Ironman Bike Loop. Real Ironmen and Ironwomen do this twice! LENGTH: 56 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Take Route 73 south out of Lake Placid, pass the Cascade Lakes, and head down the infamous...

  
Stickney Bridge
Jay Village Green Park, Jay
(518) 523-2445

For bridge & river fans! These gently rolling hills are not as challenging as other routes, since they follow the river and the farming valleys. LENGTH: 18.5 mile loop. For a shorter trip, take the Carey Road turn off from 9N. DIRECTIONS: Start at the...

  
Between the Jays
6760 NY Route 86, Jay
(518) 523-2445

The famous Jay Covered Bridge is on this route, with the fabulous Jay Rocks as a backdrop. The winding country roads between Upper Jay and Jay offer a lovely mix of rugged mountains, river views, and sweeping meadows. Narrow shoulders, but low...

  
Black Brook Scenic Loop
Bonnieview Avenue, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Stunning scenery on the aptly named Bonnieview Avenue. Quiet two lane roads that are spectacular in the autumn. Scenic Drive LENGTH: 14.5 miles. Cycling DIRECTIONS: At the four way stop in the center of Wilmington, continue straight from Route 86...