DEC Recreation Spotlight: Plan a Fall Foliage Hike from Frontier City Gateway –


The colors are coming soon and hiking is one of the best ways to experience the fall foliage in the Adirondacks. Enjoy the hikes and views without the hassle of driving and parking. Complimentary shuttles operate from Frontier Town Gateway to Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls and Rooster Comb Trailheads during peak foliage weekends on October 1 & 2 and again on Indigenous Peoples/Columbus Day weekend on October 8, 9 & 10 and the Marcy Field parking lot. These are the same drop-off locations currently offered by Marcy Field’s Route 73 Hiker Shuttle (PDF) but from a different starting point.

The October shuttle operates on a loop from 7am to 7pm. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle and masks are compulsory. The Gateway Shuttle stop is conveniently located near the DEC Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area.

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

Photo above: DEC photo.