It’s officially fall and we’re starting to see the first glimpses of trees changing to gorgeous shades of reds, yellows, and oranges, and, starting this week, NYers will be able to get a closer look at the gorgeous fall foliage completely free!
This past Monday, September 26th, Governor Kathy Hochul announced a new, free shuttle service in North Hudson that will take visitors to the Adirondacks for a chance to take in this colorful fall spectacle.
The shuttle will run the first two weekends of October (October 1-2 and October 8-10) from the Frontier Town Gateway to the Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, Rooster Comb trailheads and the Marcy Field parking area.
“The most beautiful fall foliage in the world is right here in our state, and New Yorkers deserve to take in the scenery in a safe and convenient way,” said Governor Hochul. “To ensure the safety of residents and visitors in the Adirondacks, New York and our many local partners are launching a new October shuttle that will help prevent congestion along crowded corridors in the High Peaks and continue to provide a quality outdoors experience this foliage season.”
This shuttle offers hikers the opportunity to experience fall foliage from its best vantage point–on the trail–without the hassle of having to drive to and look for parking on busy trailheads. It is one of many initiatives being deployed in the Adirondacks and Catskills this year to help promote sustainable recreation.
The fall foliage shuttle will operate on a loop between 7a.m. and 7p.m. accommodating 20 riders on a first come, first served basis and will stop at the same drop off locations as the Route 73 Hiker Shuttle from Marcy Field. Stewards will be stationed at Marcy Field to help hikers navigate the shuttle system as well as educate them on responsible recreation such as preparedness, hiking safety, and Leave No Trace principles.