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Make the perfect fall yours

The temperatures are decreasing, pops of color are starting to dot the trees, and, do I smell pumpkin pie? Yes! Fall is finally here in Tupper Lake, and it is breathtaking as always. Fall in Tupper Lake is unlike any other in the world, where nearby mountain tops turn ablaze in reds and golds, and natural forests light up in brilliant yellows. Where outdoor enthusiasts can hike their favorite trails and witness a picture perfect scene, and folks that simply like to stay comfy and cozy (me!) can get a delicious apple cider donut on Park Street. The fun doesn’t stop on land either. The waters of Tupper Lake shine extra bright during this season, as waterfalls and rivers cut through thick foliage-filled forests, leading to the open waters of the local lakes, where the colors in the trees dance on the water! No matter how you fall, everyone can bask in the beauty of the region's dazzling foliage. Whether you’re on the mountain, out on the lake, or even on the golf course, find all the best ways to spend your fall in Tupper Lake. 

two people in thick jackets point out to the scenery on top of a mountain.

Hiking Triad

The mountains are calling, so we must go! Tupper Lake is the basecamp of many local mountains, and only a short distance away from popular High Peaks that hug the skyline. If you’re not in the mood to go all out on this fall visit, we’ve got you covered. Tupper Lake is home to a whole ecosystem of family-friendly trails that will offer the same glorious views from above. 

The Tupper Lake Hiking Triad is a unique, year-round hiking challenge that combines stress-free trails with some friendly competition. Each unique mountain offers its own stunning views and rewarding climb, just challenging enough for any level of hiker to enjoy. The challenge includes a climb up Mount Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodnow Mountain. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with your own patch, earning you bragging rights and some new bling for your gear! 

A young girl and boy stand at the top of a mountain in fall.

Paddling Triad

Want to paddle till your heart’s content? Across the waters that dazzle Tupper Lake, you’ll find winding creeks and rivers that connect to the expansive lakes of the Tupper Lake area. These winding routes offer incredible views and a relaxing paddle, perfect for a morning float or an evening of catching up with your paddling buddies. The Tupper Lake Paddling Triad includes the paddles of Stony Creek Pond to Axton Landing, Raquette River Boat Launch to Big Tupper Boat Launch, and Raquette Pond to Setting Pole Dam. Pass through lush foliage on river banks, through narrow throughways, and open waters. No matter where you are in your route, you’re sure to be completely engulfed in an autumnal scene. 

Two women paddle in kayaks in fall.


Fall festivals may be the very best thing about fall, aside from jumping in a giant leaf pile, of course. Where local craftsmen can come and share their work, families can have fun riding on hayrides with hot chocolate in hand, and the grown-ups can taste the fall flavors of their favorite breweries. OkTUPPERfest encapsulates the very best things about the fall season! The region’s personal spin on the classic Oktoberfest, you’ll find all of your favorite fall pastimes during your visit. Try your hand at painting a pumpkin to put on your stoop, or relax with some foodtruck flavors while the little ones jump to their hearts' content in the bounce house. Located in Flanders Park, there’s something for the whole family to get in the fall spirit! Take home a locally-made gift, some delicious goodies, and memories of dancing the night away to live music! 

A group of women in sweatervests pose in front of an okTUPPERfest banner.


Greet the day on the side of Mount Morris in Tupper Lake on a tranquil, 18-hole public golf course. The Tupper Lake Golf Club offers a quiet escape from downtown and surrounds golfers with the dazzling foliage of the season while they make their way through the course. Especially in the months of September and October, the brilliant colors of the fall foliage on Mount Morris, Big Tupper Lake, and the lands surrounding the waters of the region make for a stunning contrast to the lush greenery of the golf course. No matter where you are, you’ll catch seamless views of Tupper Lake, making for a stunning photo op. When you’re all set on the course, head to The Lookout Bar & Grill, the on-site restaurant, for a well-deserved meal. 

A man sets up his swing on a golf course in fall.

Save the window seat

Tuckered out from all that adventuring? Have a seat on the Tupper Lake Explorer, a two hour round-trip train ride that carves right through the heart of the Adirondacks. Possibly one of the best ways to experience the lush fall forests and environments of the Adirondacks, you’ll see sights unreachable by trail or car, winding through the forests of the Adirondacks. Heading southbound from Tupper Lake, you’ll encounter relics of the Gilded age and mining period in the Adirondacks. Pass over a lattice truss bridge built in the late 1800’s. Crossing over the Raquette River, the ruins of an old brick shingle mill can be found on the west side of the tracks just south of the bridge. Travel past Piercefield Flow just a few miles before the ruins of the former Childwold Station. Turn around at Sabattis, where you’ll be greeted by lush wetlands and natural wildlife. Discover hidden history lessons of the region, while set against the soothing hum of the train and the stunning scenery of Adirondack foliage. 

A group of people welcome a green and grey train into the Tupper Lake Station.

Local brews 

Tupper Lake is home to Raquette River Brewing, a taproom that will give you those comfy and cozy fall vibes you’ve been searching for when you step through the door. Sit down at the long bar, or snag a table and warm up after a day of exploring. The taproom offers over 12 unique Adirondack ales, served in pints and flights, and offered to go in cans and growlers. Although there is no in-house kitchen, Raquette River Brewing frequently hosts food trucks of every kind to serve its patrons. Order outside and bring your goodies inside! Warm up by the fire, pass stories, and relish in a fall day well spent!

A group of people cheers their beers at a brewery.

Find the foliage

This fall, get in on the action with any of the festivals, hikes, and paddles all around Tupper Lake! Earn a patch (or two), find perfect dining, and savor brews that will warm the spirits. While you’re in town crunching leaves, don’t forget to shop the locally owned businesses, stop in and catch a show, or simply sit by the waterfront and wonder at the scenery around you.