Don’t Sleep on Spring Leaf Peeping Across the Adirondacks

From late September through October, the leaf peepers are out in force throughout the Adirondack region. The scarlet, yellow, and gold colors contrasted with the vibrant evergreens are breathtaking. But the locals know when the oaks, maples, birches, and hickory trees start to show their new leaves in the spring, it creates another awesome leaf-peeping experience that’s just as good as the one in the fall.

Here are a few tips on how to make the most of spring leaf peeping:

Spring Colors are the Opposite of Fall

Experienced fall leaf peepers know to start the season in the Lake Placid High Peaks region, where the leaves start to show off their colors first and then down in the Champlain Valley a few weeks later. It’s the opposite in spring, where the trees in the lower elevations begin to show leaf color first, and then it quickly climbs higher as the weather warms up.

When spring blooms start, trees take on a light pink or bright green color as their leaves emerge. Once the warm weather sets in, the color change can happen quickly depending on the weather – just like in the fall. If you ask an Adirondack native, they’ll tell you it’s almost like seeing the woods change overnight.

See the New Leaves in the Fall Spots

While spring leaf peeping isn’t nearly as popular as its fall counterpart, one good thing is you can go to the same spots to enjoy the bursts of color as the Adirondack region comes back to life. Here are just a few:

Prospect Mountain and Gore Mountain in the Lake George Region.

Whiteface Mountain in the Lake Placid Region.

Long Lake and Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Experience Region.

Tupper and Saranac Lake in the Adirondack Frontier Region.

Take a Scenic Drive

If your idea of a perfect leaf-peeping day is a leisurely road trip through the Adirondacks, there are plenty of popular, scenic rides to choose from. The trips below will take you through quaint small towns, Adirondack landmarks, and beautiful landscapes while showing off the best views of the popping spring leaves.

  • Central Adirondack Trail.
  • Olympic Trail.
  • Revolutionary Trail.
  • Tupper Lake to Long Lake.
  • Indian Lake to Speculator.
  • Southern Adirondack Trail.
  • High Peaks Byway.

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