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Find Great Leaf Peeping in the Adirondacks

We rounded up our top three spots for leaf peeping in the southern Adirondacks, just a short drive from Saratoga Springs! Take a look and start planning your day to take in the foliage.

Prospect Mountain

view of a lake with a mountain of trees in fall foliage behind itPhoto credit: Rebecca Hanley

One of the most popular mountains to hike in the southern Adirondacks, Prospect Mountain is a great option for leaf peeping. Its summit provides an expansive view of both the Adirondacks and counties south.

Keep in mind that not all of the leaves in the area change at the same time! Time your visit so that you can view the leaves north of the summit in their peak and leaves to the south still changing for an extremely colorful experience. Best of all, you can drive to the top on the 5.5-mile Veterans Memorial Highway, open seasonally.

Buck Mountain

view of fall foliage and mountains from summit

The summit of Buck Mountain offers an expansive view of Lake George and even the High Peaks of the Adirondacks on a clear day. Buck Mountain is a moderate hike of six miles round trip with a few challenging spots throughout the trail. Be sure to get there early in the day - it tends to get crowded during leaf peeping season!

Spruce Mountain

Spruce Mountain is in the southern most part of the Adirondack State Park. If you're feeling brave, climb up the fire tower at the top of the summit! The trail is roughly over one mile, so it's a great option for those with families and younger children.

Note: The peak period for foliage in the southern Adirondacks is approximately during the first two weeks of October. However, mother nature cannot always be predicted! It's best to check ahead here for up to date reports.

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