DEC Recreation Highlight: Plan a Fall Foliage Hike from Frontier Town Gateway –


The colors are coming soon, and hiking is one of the best ways to experience fall foliage in the Adirondacks. Enjoy the hikes and views without the hassle of driving and parking. Free shuttles will run during peak foliage weekends October 1 and 2 and again during Indigenous Peoples/Columbus Day weekend October 8, 9 and 10 from the border town entrance to Giant Mountain , Roaring Brook Falls and Rooster Comb trailheads and Marcy Field parking area. These are the same drop-off locations currently offered by the Route 73 Hiker Shuttle (PDF) from Marcy Field, but from an alternate departure point.

The October shuttle will run on a loop from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle and masks are mandatory. The entrance shuttle stop is conveniently located near the DEC Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian Area, and Day Use Area.

For more information on planning fall foliage hikes in the Adirondacks, including a list of family trails ideal for spring, summer, and fall hiking, click here. Due to their low elevation, these hikes are great alternatives during transitions between seasons like the mud season in the spring and the colder, shorter days in the fall.

Top photo: DEC photo.


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