Explore Adirondack Hiking Trails This Fall, Enjoy Fall Harvest Festivals and Special Foliage Events Adirondack Region, N.Y. - Hiking the Adirondack Mountains offers a unique way to enjoy the region's colorful fall landscape. With the longest fall foliage season in the Northeast, the Adirondack's six-million-acres promise to remain vibrant from September through October, despite the recent damage from Hurricane Irene. Additionally, many roads and hiking trails that were closed due to storm damage are re-opening. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Monday that both lanes of Route 73 - a major roadway into the Adirondack Region's Eastern High Peaks - reopened three days ahead of schedule. "Route 73 is the artery to the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness," states Ron Ofner, Executive Director of the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. "Some of our mountain villages, including Keene, Keene Valley, Jay and Upper Jay were hit hard, but are recovering quickly. The Adirondacks are open for business." The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation warns hikers to expect less-than-ideal conditions along many eastern Adirondack trails due to blow down, erosion and flooding. However, by paying close attention to trail conditions, or simply choosing a hiking trail that was outside of the storm's reach, hikers can enjoy a spectacular experience this fall in the Adirondacks. For a list of up-to-date closures, log on to www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor. Our charming Adirondack towns and villages are ready to welcome fall foliage visitors. Fall festivals and foliage events are scheduled to continue as planned, including:
- Adirondack Balloon Festival September 22-25 in Glens Falls and Queensbury. Watch colorful hot air balloons soar into the sky, enjoy live music, food and children's activities.
- Harvest Festival at Almanzo Wilder Farm September 24-25 in Burke. Have fun with the whole family and enjoy pumpkin painting, scarecrow making , 19th century games, a Civil War skirmish and more.
- The Frederic Remington Arts Festival September 26-27 in Canton. Celebrate the life and works of artist Frederic Remington during this two day festival with historic walking tours, farmer's market, live entertainment and children's activities.
- Adirondack Harvest Festival October 1-2 in Blue Mountain Lake. The Adirondack Museum wraps up its 2011 season with this family fun event. Don't miss wagon rides, cider pressing, love music, pumpkin painting and more.
- Oktoberfest October 1 in Wilmington. Enjoy fall foliage gondola rides to the top of Little Whiteface Mountain, try German food, and enjoy live music and authentic Bavarian dancing. Artisan and craft vendors will be on site at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.
- Flaming Leaves Festival October 8-9 in Lake Placid. A family fun event at the Olympic Jumping Complex with barbecue, lawn games, a horseshoe tournament, craft vendors, chairlift rides to the top of the 120-meter ski jump and more.
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