Naturalist Guided Hiking & Paddling Trip: Autumn Adventures in the Adirondacks

September 29 – October 6, 2019

Established in 1892, Adirondack State Park covers 6.1 million acres of an interesting mix of public and private lands in the northern third of New York State, making it the largest state park in the United States! The Adirondack Forest Preserve, established in 1885, includes 42% of the Adirondack Park. It is designated as public land and preserved as wilderness. This extensive wild area is rich in wildlife and plant life. Black bear, moose, beaver, fisher, bobcat, otter and loons are all symbols of this magnificent wilderness. The Adirondacks offer a great variety of habitats, from the northern coniferous boreal forest and the southern deciduous forest to peat bogs and a truly arctic zone at the tops of the highest peaks. Join your naturalist guide to experience this incredible diversity of plants and animals. We will seek out the many gems of the Adirondacks, from the well-kept secrets of nature to the beauty of grand mountain vistas. The Adirondacks offer intriguing human history as well. From the time of the Iroquois and Algonquin who used this rugged landscape for hunting, to the outdoor enthusiasts of today (like us), the Adirondack region has seen much change. You will have a chance to learn about Native Americans, Adirondack guides, loggers, miners, the famous Adirondack Great Camps and so much more during our week together.

The Adirondack Park has more than 2000 miles of marked hiking trails that lead to pristine ponds, spectacular peaks and roaring waterfalls. We will be in the heart of the Central Adirondacks, surrounded by a great variety of excellent hiking trails and lakes. Each day will bring an exciting, new look into this wilderness as we travel along the forested trails, paddle the crystal clear lakes, investigate a black spruce bog, and visit the famed Adirondack Museum. Along the way, we will investigate whatever crosses our path and catches our interest. This will include anything from birds and other wildlife to plant life, as well as animal tracks and traces. Loons will serenade us, otters may poke their heads above water to check us out and everywhere we will find beauty, whether it is in the fine details of nature or the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds us. At our lakeside accommodations, you can begin and finish your days by absorbing all that an Adirondack lake has to offer. Our days will end with delicious, satisfying meals, time to relax around an evening fire with new friends, and a comfortable place to rest your head (and body) after an active day … this is what vacations are made of!

Autumn in the Adirondacks 
In the Adirondacks, autumn arrives with a hint of cool air, rich with the scent of changing leaves and balsam fir. As late summer turns into early fall, we’ll head to the mountains and the cool, refreshing spring-fed lakes and vivid autumn foliage of the Adirondacks – the longest fall foliage season in the Northeast. Typically the best time for viewing fall foliage in the Adirondacks is late September to early October – it’s the perfect time to enjoy hiking, paddling, the spectacular view from our porch, and the smell of wood smoke from the fireplace. Hiking trails offer solitude and stunning views as the summer crowds fade and fall colors and crisp blue skies make their appearance. 

As in most mountainous areas, Adirondack weather can be highly changeable and variable. The trick is to expect and be prepared for just about anything. Daytime temperatures in late September and early October are typically in the low- to mid-60’s; however keep in mind that temperatures and weather conditions can be very different from the lower elevations to the mountain peaks. Nights are usually very cool, with low temperatures in the high 30’s to low 40’s.

There is always a chance of afternoon thunderstorms, so bring that waterproof raingear! Our gear and clothing list will help to prepare you. Call with any questions. For more detailed weather information visit

Autumn Adventures in the Adirondacks

Trip Length: 8 days, 7 nights

Trip Dates: September 29 – October 6 (Sunday to Sunday), 2017

Trip Cost: $2980 

Single Supplement $1030

Trip Highlights and Activities: natural history interpretation; fall foliage; hiking; kayaking & canoeing;  outstanding scenery; wildlife watching; botanizing; birding; photography; lakeside accommodations; Adirondack Museum 

Group Size: 5 (min) – 8(max) participants



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