There is a wealth of fun and discovery to be had in Long Lake and its surrounding areas. Make Long Lake your home base for exploring the region during leaf peeping season. Lodging information and much more is available at mylonglake.com. Once you set up your base in Long Lake, use this as a guide to get the most out of your fall foliage seeking experience. Long Lake is located at the intersection of NYS Route 30 (known as Deerland Road) and 28N (known as the Newcomb Road) The Long Lake Town Offices (more more info) is at 1130 Deerland Road. The Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism Office can be reached at 518.624.3077
Start out your road trip adventure by meandering over to the Hamlet of Raquette Lake, there are many great places along the way to take in the blazing colors of the season’s foliage. First, be sure to take a slight side trip to Buttermilk Falls on your way out of Long Lake as you head towards Raquette Lake on North Point Road. These beautiful falls are not to be missed, especially when they are surrounded by the stunning colors of Autumn. As you continue your adventure, be sure to stop along the shores of Blue Mountain Lake to bask in the vibrant hues of the season. There are numerous other spots to enjoy the foliage along your drive. Raquette Lake is home to Great Camp Sagamore, 27 authentic National Historic Landmark designated buildings that were the wilderness estate of the Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Great Camp Sagamore is a wonderful place to explore and step back into the Guilded Age. Daily tours are offered at 1:30pm through October 14th. Round out you visit to Raquette Lake with a boating excursion aboard the W.W. Durant with Raquette Lake Navigation Company. The Durant offers a number of cruise options throughout October 19th, including luncheon tours, scenic excursions, and dinner cruises. Call 315-354-5532 for cruise schedules and reservations. (Trip suggestion: cruise aboard the Durant’s Saturday luncheon cruise from 11am-1pm and then motor over to Great Camp Sagamore for the 1:30 guided tour.) Upon return to Long Lake, be sure to visit one of our local restaurants for dinner, the Adirondack Hotel, the Cellar, and the Owl’s Head Pub offer up a variety of great options.
For the second day of your Long Lake adventure, head north along Route 30 to the Wild Center, a natural history museum with a 31-acre campus, located in Tupper Lake. The Wild Center is home to the infamous Otter Exhibit, along with numerous other engaging exhibits to explore, both indoors and out. Another relatively new exhibit, Planet Adirondack, features a giant interactive floating earth with an insight into all regions of the globe. Also, take a moment to check out the award-winning film, Flight of the Butterflies, an amazing story of Monarchs and their migrations. The Wild Center is open seven days a week, from 10am-5pm, through Columbus Day. Once you have completed your exploration, head back to Long Lake, be sure to take in the beauty of the drive as you pass by numerous ponds and lakes on your drive including Grampus Lake Outlet right along route 30. Once you return to Long Lake, stop at Helm’s Aero Service for a scenic flight. This is a breathtaking opportunity to take in the vastness and awesome beauty of the region with its multitude of lakes, streams, ponds and forestland. Call 518.624.3931 for a reservation or info.
On the third day of your adventure, head to the renowned Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Along the way, be sure to look for stunning pictures that could be entered into Long Lake’s Fall Photo Contest! Stop at the South Pond rest area and venture down the short path to the pond’s beautiful hidden shoreline. Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to visit the museum, it is deceptive from the parking lot, there is a lot to this vast campus, featuring 22 exhibits. You can explore many facets of Adirondack history, including historic boats, logging traditions, various forms of transportation. The museum is home to the carriage that rushed Vice President Theodore Roosevelt to North Creek the night President McKinley died, Noah John Rondeau’s hermit cottage from Cold River at the north end of Long Lake, along with the fire tower from Whiteface Mountain. It is easy to spend the entire day at this museum, and you just might want to spend two with all of the historic treasures it has to showcase. Be sure to eat lunch at the museum’s Lakeview Café, providing a beautiful overlook of Blue Mountain Lake.
On your fourth day, venture over towards Newcomb, NY to get an amazing look at the high peaks and explore part of the route Theodore Roosevelt traveled on his midnight trip to presidency. Route 28N has recently been repaved and while some construction remains, this section of road is a great alternative route to access Interstate 87 aka the Northway. If you are traveling towards Interstate 87 to return home, this is a great option, providing spectacular views and a few points of interest along the way, including the remains of Aden Layer, where Roosevelt changed carriages on his way to the North Creek train station the night President McKinley died.