Fall
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

Fall in love with life

The love affair with fall in Saranac Lake is real. It is a season of transition, a switching of gears. From the full throttle immersion of summer to a more laid back pace.

It is about waking up early to chilled air and misty waters. It is about cozying up with a blanket and watching the leaves fall. It is about pouring into your favorite fleece and walking into town for a cup of hot coffee. It is about taking your sweet time and relishing in all your favorites.

Fall in love with colors

And undoubtedly, the colors of fall will capture your heart as well. The first to turn will be the Red Maple, true to its name, bright red in color. Then watch for Sugar Maple in a variety of gorgeous red, orange, and yellow hues; Quaking Aspen in vibrant yellow; and American Beech will follow, with their reddish brown leaves that hang on, crispy and waxy, all winter long.

Fall in Love with the Good Stuff

From a scenic hike up one of the Saranac Lake 6ers to a stunning paddle down the Saranac River, we have got the goods fall was made for! We have mountain biking with leaves under your tires, and road cycling with vistas in every direction. We have art galleries ready for cool weather browsing and an Adirondack Carousel that will warm you with a smile. And we have a classic — The Great Adk Corn Maze, for quintessential fall fun for all ages!

Fall in Saranac Lake is an effortless attraction that never tires. How's that for true love?!

2017 foliage reports:

October 18
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 90+%
Brilliance: The colors are overall muted, the yellows are holding an average brilliance. 
Predominating colors: A soothing blend of soft reds, oranges, and yellows.
Rating: Past peak

October 11
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 90%
Brilliance: The colors are showing average to muted brilliance. 
Predominating colors: A picturesque variety of reds, oranges and yellows are present. 
Rating: Peak

October 3
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 80%
Brilliance: The colors are showing average to muted brilliance. 
Predominating colors: Anticipating the remaining greens to change quickly. While the early leaf changers are already starting to fall. Nice red, orange, and yellow hues are present. 
Rating: Near Peak

September 26
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend:
80%
Brilliance: After an unseasonably hot week, the colors are showing average brilliance. 
Predominating colors: Gorgeous mix of various shades of red, orange, and yellow.
Rating: Near Peak

September 19
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend
: 65%
Brilliance: The nights have been cool - dipping into the 30s. Daytime temperatures have reached high 70s. This has lead to bright foliage!  
Predominating colors: Red Maples are a rich red. Sugar Maples are a variety of orange and orange-red hues. Birches are turning yellow. 
Rating: Near Peak

September 12
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend
: 25%
Brilliance: Bright. The best weather for brilliant fall foliage is a summer with abundant rain followed by a dry, sunny, yet cool autumn. Given that criteria, Saranac Lake area is positioned for bright colors!  
Predominating colors: Predominately still green. Red Maples are popping vibrant red. Sugar Maples are starting to turn various hues of yellow and orange.
Rating: Nearing mid-point

September 7
Percent of trees predicted to have changed by the coming weekend: 20%
Brilliance: Bright. The best weather for brilliant fall foliage is a summer with abundant rain followed by a dry, sunny, yet cool autumn. Given that criteria, Saranac Lake area is positioned for bright colors!

Predominating colors: Predominately still green - with reds making an appearance. The Red Maples are popping with vibrant red hues; particularly in lower areas - adjacent to wetlands and along shorelines. 
Rating: Just the beginning / Just changing

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