Fall in Lake Placid is all about days bathed in the fiery glow of foliage: pumpkin orange, flaming red, and sunshiney yellow. Fall days spent here in the beautiful, fresh air, surrounded by glorious colors covering the mountains are unlike anything else. Revel in the scents and sounds of forest trails, the sparkling shine of Mirror Lake, and a picnic-perfect park. Part of the beauty of Lake Placid is that you don’t have to go far to find fresh air, natural solitude, and opportunities to stretch your legs and feel great. This is the place to rejuvenate your body and mind amid the crisp crackle of falling leaves and golden light.

A couple walks hand-in-hand in front of a vibrant shop.


We go to the mountains because we want to take in views that make our jaws drop, views that make us happy to be alive and in the midst of nature’s extraordinary wonder. We don’t go to the mountains to hang out with crowds. There are many popular hikes in the Lake Placid area, and some of them are both stunningly gorgeous — especially with dazzling fall foliage — and peaceful hidden gems. With soaring rock cliffs, wide-open vistas of the High Peaks, and so much more to take in, these hikes will satisfy the soul with their beauty and solitude. Don’t forget your sunglasses: those fall colors are astonishing.

A woman with a trekking pole hikes over bare rock on a summit with mountains in the background.


Some of the brightest, prettiest greens in the northeast. Sound tempting? How about adding endless mountain views lit up with fall color, classic Scottish links and wooded mountain courses? That’s fall golf in Lake Placid. Our variety of courses are historic, award-winning, and oh so much fun. Plus, the post-round brews at our local restaurants are a great way to end the day. So put on your plus fours, shine your clubs, and grab your lucky putter. You have a date with Lake Placid’s classic, stunningly scenic courses and a gloriously pretty fall adventure.

A golfer takes a swing with colorful trees and a peak in the background.


Think hitting the dirt is just for hikers? Think again. The hills and mountains of the Lake Placid region feature exceptionally exhilarating, pretty, and flat-out fun trails for mountain biking. Whether you bring your own bike or rent from one of our awesome local gear shops, you’ll find places with great flow, big berms, and of course, amazing Adirondack views. Local trails are lovingly tended by local groups eager to create the best rides in New York. Come try them; we know you’ll get hooked.

A mountain biker takes a curve on a dirt trail in the forest.


We’re a little mountain town with flavor that packs a big punch and even bigger scenery. Lake Placid is bursting with locally owned and operated restaurants that feature local ingredients, dishes created by award-winning chefs, craft brews, and lakeside dining with amazing views and atmosphere. In fall, when the colors of the leaves change from cheery green to bright yellow, orange, and red, lakeside views are especially delightful. From family-friendly to fine dining, pair a great meal with our incomparable scenery and savor every moment.

Diners relax over drinks and food on a deck overlooking a lake.


Every season in Lake Placid is special, but there is something about fall that makes us giddy. Maybe it’s the crisp, fresh air or maybe it’s the pumpkins everywhere: on doorsteps, in coffee, and in pies. Maybe it’s the way brightly hued leaves flutter in the air and crinkle under our feet. It’s probably all of those things, plus something in the air that we can’t fully explain. You just have to come experience it. Stroll around Mirror Lake, where the reflection of golden leaves will delight your eyes. Ride the Whiteface Mountain gondola for bird’s eye views of miles and miles of foliage, pop in to a local hotspot for pie, and make this a fall of total, blissfully perfect fun.

A landscape of field, with colorful fall foliage and mountains in the background.

Start planning your fall getaway today!