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Posted in Fall at Garnet Hill
The leaves are changing to vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow in the Adirondacks, which means it’s the ideal time to book your fall getaway right now. The North River region is renowned for its spectacular fall foliage and scenery, and you can experience all the colors of the season when you stay with us at Garnet Hill Lodge. Book one or more nights at our rustic Adirondack lodge, and take in the fall foliage views from a balcony, on a hiking trail, or even out on the lake.
How would you like to wake up in the morning to this breathtaking view? The balcony rooms in the Log House building feature sliding glass doors so you can let in the fresh mountain breeze and gaze at the natural surroundings and colors of fall.
Not only that, but these rooms have been designed with your comfort in mind. They are stylish, blending Adirondack woodwork and a rustic ambiance with cozy beds and newly renovated bathrooms with bath/shower tubs.
Strap on your backpack and prepare for a fun-filled hiking adventure through the woods at our Lodge. What makes our property unique is that guests can step outside the front door and access miles of trails that travel to the nearby Hooper Mine, William Blake Pond, and Balm of Gilead Mountain. Our cross-country ski trails are open to hikers in the fall and will bring you to scenic vistas.
There are a number of great day hikes located a short walk away from Garnet Hill as well, such as Peaked Mountain, an 8.2-mile round-trip hike that’s a local favorite. Our Outdoor Center staff is happy to provide info on these hiking trails so you’ll be ready to go.
With a vast network of single-track bike trails, cross-country ski trails, and dirt/gravel roads around the property, our Lodge is a mountain biker’s destination. When you visit in autumn, you can take a bike tour of the trails and enjoy traveling through a sea of trees and colors.
Some of our mountain bike trails lead to fantastic mountain views, and others will lead you through peaceful wooded areas. These trails are free to access from April 30 until late November (the start of ski season), and overnight lodging guests receive discounted mountain bike rentals.
One of the most unique ways to see the vibrant fall leaves is out in the middle of Thirteenth Lake, right near the Lodge. This tranquil body of water is approximately two miles long and a half-mile wide with amazing views of forests and mountains. It’s especially stunning when peak fall foliage arrives in this region of the Adirondacks, as the colors reflect off the water’s surface.
We offer our overnight guests access to Thirteenth Lake, and we maintain a fleet of 14 canoes and kayaks that guests are welcome to use during their stay. The boats are available from dawn to dusk by signing them out at the Outdoor Center, and paddles and life jackets are included.
Although there are plenty of wonderful ways to see the fall foliage right on our property, you can also take a scenic drive through the Adirondacks for even more memorable views. Here are three of our favorite scenic drives:
New York State Route 73 in the Lake Placid Region offers some of the most picturesque views of the high peaks and fall foliage, but to get there, you’ll have to drive east and then north of the Lodge. We recommend driving to Exit 26 in Pottersville, heading north on I-87, getting off at Exit 30, and then following U.S. 9 to Route 73 and Lake Placid.
If you’d love to see colorful leaves and cool waterways during your drive, then head west of the Lodge. Follow NY-28 west to Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, and then turn north toward Long Lake. Along the way, you’ll see open views of ponds and lakes, woods, and fall foliage across the mountains.
For an easy route, travel south to the shores of beautiful Lake George. You can follow NY-28 south through North Creek all the way to Warrensburg, and then turn onto U.S. 9, which will bring you right to Lake George Village. When you arrive, drive down Beach Road for views of the southern shoreline, or park the car and walk around for a bit.
Whether you love hiking, biking, paddling, or just exploring the outdoors, our property is a leaf peeper’s paradise in fall. Plan your next getaway today to see the leaves!