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Five Picture Perfect Picnic Spots

Picture this. A small family closes the trunk on their car for a last-minute fall getaway in the Adirondack Mountains. The summer has been hot and weird, and the trip is more of a much-needed exodus than it is a getaway. The drive is scenic, the road is open and the only thing ahead of them exhilarating liberation. The mountains, the lakes, the streams - the High Peaks are their oyster.

cascade picnic area

What a summer! It's safe to say, most of us have never experienced anything close to what the last few months have brought us. As summer turns into fall, it probably feels imperative that you escape wherever you are for fresh air, wide-open views, and the quiet serenity of a picnic on the grass. This season, get away from it all - really away, and create memories that will last a lifetime.


Best Picnic Spots

The best fall picnic spots are all about the experience you're looking for. Do you want easy access? Do you want privacy? Do you want a place for the kids to run around? Is it all about the view? The Adirondacks have plenty of great places to enjoy a bite to eat in a spectacular atmosphere and below are a few locations where the only access price is that you leave no trace.

A hotel and lawn with picnic tables and fire pit
Lake House Lawn

The Lake House Lawn

If you're looking for a picnic spot that has everything - wide open spaces and room to play in, a beautiful view of the Adirondack Mountains, and a stone's throw from Main Street. Picnicking on Lake House lawn means you don't need to go very far to have it all! Please remember to social distance and wear your masks when you're walking around common areas of the hotel and grounds. 

A picnic area with two buildings in the background
John Brown's Farm Picnic Area

John Brown's Farm State Historic Site

Spring, summer, and fall - John Brown Farm is as close to the perfect picnic spot as you can get. Located five minutes outside of town, the site is both easy to get to and doesn't see near the foot traffic as more popular locations in town. The grounds boast walking trails, picnic tables aplenty, lots of room for young family members to run and play in, Adirondack chairs for couples to sit and take it all in, spectacular views from almost any angle, and as the home and burial site of famed abolitionist John Brown a provenance more Olympic size than the ski jumps that make a spectacular addition to the skyline. 

A house surrounded by trees
Lake Stevens Toll House Picnic

Lake Stevens Toll House Picnic Area

Tucked away behind the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway toll house, the Lake Stevens picnic area is all charm. While the mountain itself boasts many picnic areas, this one comes without the cost of admission and it's a little off the beaten path, is a bit quieter and more secluded - the perfect spot for a quiet lunch surrounded by lush foliage! While you're there go for a drive up the mountain - now open. Before you go, be sure to check the Whiteface Mountain website for seasonal status updates and social distancing regulations. 

Two chairs next to a lake in a picnic area
Cascade Picnic Area

Cascade Picnic Area

When you're first plotting your trip from downstate to the Adirondacks, looking at the drive might seem daunting, but once you get on the road and realize just how scenic your drive is, it becomes a far more enjoyable prospect. One of the most popular spots for a picnic or paddle is the magnificent Cascade Lakes. Route 73 skirts along the lake, opening up to magnificent vistas. Due to this spot's popularity, plan on social distancing and wearing a mask. 

Cobble Hill summit on a sunny day
Cobble Hill Summit

Cobble Hill Summit

The Adirondack Mountains are all about the mountains, except when it's a hill. Cobble Hill is the perfect fall hike for hikers of all levels looking for a short trip with great views. With its trailhead just off Mirror Lake Drive, you can walk from High Peaks Resort to the hike. Once you begin you have two options, a steep 0.8-mile hike to the summit or a more gradual 1.6-mile hike to the summit. Once you're at the top, you've got a gorgeous view with plenty of room to sit down for a bite to eat.

Couple over looking mirror lake in the great room at the lake house
Our Hotel is Your Lake House

With more than just comfortable, Adirondack lake character, a stay at Lake House puts you one threshold away from everything you want to see in the High Peaks Region.

The Adirondacks are yours. What they mean, how they inspire, is totally up to you.

hiking pack with boots
Take a Hike: An Adirondack Hiking Escape

With over 2,000 miles of trails to explore, your next visit to the Adirondacks is sure to be an adventure. Our Take a Hike package includes a hiking pack with sunscreen, bug repellant, and water bottle.

Sunset through a set of wide bay windows
Sunset through a set of wide bay windows