What makes saranac lake so cool?
Saranac Lake is buzzing with activity any time of the year. Musicians from near and afar descend on the region to perform in our parks and in our late-night venues; artists set up by Lake Flower and along our downtown to capture the scenery; and people with muddy hiking boots and kayaks strapped to the roof of their vehicles stroll in and out of shops and restaurants.
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Fall is All Around!
Fall is a favorite season for locals and visitors alike. The days are full of crisp, clean air, the nights are cool and cozy, and you won’t find a prettier place to view the colors of the season. The mountains are painted in bold reds, oranges that pop, and vibrant yellows – a stunning contrast against the deep blue of the lakes.
Start Exploring Now
Saranac Lake not only displays some of the best fall foliage anywhere, it is also ready for the casual explorer. Driving Route 86 delivers the goods right from your car window, especially along the 16-mile stretch of road from the center of town to Paul Smiths. In Paul Smiths, spend the day exploring the Visitor Interpretive Center's 25 miles of trails, which are open from dawn to dusk. These lovely paths range from flat, 1-mile loops to a 9-mile round-trip, 900-foot elevation gain climb up Jenkins Mountain.
Fall is a prime season for outdoor activities! Immerse yourself in the St. Regis Canoe Area, an 18,000 acre paddling wonderland that bears the distinction of being the only designated canoe area in New York state. Fall foliage takes on a whole new depth when viewed in such a remote wilderness setting. Consider it your own personal color show!
If you prefer to stay on dry land, hike up St. Regis Mountain, one of the Saranac Lake 6ers, for breathtaking, 360-degree views from the summit's newly rebuilt fire tower. The greatest reward in hiking often comes at the top, but in the fall that isn’t the case — there's colorful scenery to enjoy whole trek up and down. Another option is to take off on on your bike for a scenic cruise. The Franklin Falls Loop is 46 miles around McKenzie Mountain, another Saranac Lake 6er. The cooler fall temperatures are just right for a longer, more strenuous ride.
Adventure into the backcountry for the thrill of hunting whitetail deer or cast a line for a brook trout. You will find quiet and beauty at every turn.
Experience a Real Downtown
When you are ready for action, downtown Saranac Lake is it. This gorgeous area is loaded with funky shops and friendly people. Stroll the main strip — and drink a maple latte or eat fresh baked pastries — and wonder what it would be like to live in such a cool small town.
If you’re looking for a chill weekend getaway, this is the place. The weather is ideal for exploring the great outdoors, there’s plenty to see and do downtown, and we have motels and bed and breakfasts where you can rest your head. What are you waiting for?