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Top Fall Photo Spots!

Top Fall Photo Spots!

Is that the smell of fresh chili boiling in the pot?! Has your closet been stuffed wall to wall with your trusted flannels? There are so many great things about this time of year. One of the greatest Fall activities is looking out at that quilt of vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds stitched across our forest landscapes. It’s something we get to look forward to every year without disappointment. What’s better than taking a drive, climbing a mountain, or chilling lakeside, and seeing all the trees in their fall attire? It’s a time to get away, decompress from the stresses of life, and breathe in that crisp Autumn air.

You may be saying to yourself, “I love seeing the changing leaves in Old Forge. They would be perfect picture opportunities! If only there was a convenient place where I had a list of the top Fall photo spots!” We’ve said that to ourselves too (you’re not alone in talking to yourself). So, we decided to do everyone a favor and put together a list of our favorite Fall photo spots in Old Forge. So, grab your camera, put on your favorite flannel, fill your trusted mug with that delicious pumpkin spice latte, and follow us to the top fall photo spots Old Forge has waiting for you!

Black Bear Mt. Same trailhead as Rocky Mt. The trail is intermediate and about 2.5 miles in length. Black Bear Mountain from Route 28 is the most popular approach, but a second approach can be found departing from Uncas Road. The summit of Black Bear has several viewing areas to spread out amongst the woods.

Rocky Mt – Same trailhead as Black Bear Mt. A shorter and easier (though no less steep) hike than its neighbor, Black Bear Mountain, Rocky Mountain is a great hike for families and hikers with dogs. Even though it’s a quick hike, you still get a good view from the top of Fourth Lake, as well as nearby Inlet and Eagle Bay. You might even be able to point your lodging out to the kids!

Bald Mountain (Rondaxe Mt) – Bald Mountain is a classic spot with an amazing view! Just passed the town, it’s easy to get to and a hike most people can do! Once you get to the top there’s plenty of places to sit and take in landscape around you. If the mountaintop isn’t high enough for you, there’s access to a fire tower that gets you even closer to the clouds.

Old Forge Pond – This is a beautiful photo spot! You can’t miss this pond right in town. You can see the trees and the surrounding neighborhood with McCauley Mountain peaking out in the distance. Can you spot the iconic yellow boathouse?! Have a seat and listen to the water as you soak in all the beauty.

McCauley Mountain – There’s so much here. On their off-season, it’s a great hiking spot. You can take a ride on the Scenic Chairlift or watch the colors pass you by as you cruise on the Mountain Biking Trails.

4th Lake – There’s nothing like taking the boat out on the water and letting the crisp air blow through your hair.

Sis & Bubb Lakes Two Lakes!! Sometimes loons can be spotted! The trail to Sis and Bubb lakes is very pleasant and suitable for families. Stunning views await those who take this short walk.

The trailhead is off Route 28, about 2 miles southwest of downtown Inlet and 1 mile southwest of Eagle Bay. Look for the DEC parking area on the right.

Vista Trail  5.6 miles round trip. Great view of fall leaves! This moderately difficult trail follows a ridge overlooking the beautiful Fourth Lake (best viewed when leaves are gone). This route is not as well-used as others in the area, so it might be overgrown in places.

Start by following the Sis and Bubb Trail for about a quarter mile and look for the Vista Trail, which comes in on the left. From here the path starts climbing, at times quite steeply, over open rock. The rock can be slippery, so exercise caution if it has been raining.

There you have it! With this list in hand, you’re almost guaranteed to grab some stunning shots to post and look back on! It’s time to make like a tree and leave your busy life for a few days and surround yourself with the natural beauty Old Forge has to offer! If you’re looking for a place to stay while you’re here, Old Forge Camping Resort has sites for all sorts of campers. We have cottages, cabins, RV, and tent sites! Give us a call at 1-800-CAMPING or go online at to make a reservation! Plan on getting some spectacular photos and making memories you won’t forget!

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