If you want all the fun of leaf peeping without the stressful battle for the best parking spot, a new, free shuttle service for visitors traveling to see the fall foliage in the Adirondacks starting this weekend.
The fall foliage shuttle route will begin at the Frontier Town Gateway, conveniently located near the DEC Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area in North Hudson. From there, it will stop at the trailheads of Giant Mountain, Roaring Brook Falls, and Rooster Comb, as well as the Marcy Field Parking Area.
The Essex County service will operate on a loop Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, Oct. 8, 9, and 10 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No reservations are needed and the shuttles are first come, first serve.
Pets will not be permitted on the shuttles.
This is one of many initiatives being deployed in the Adirondacks and Catskills this year to help protect public safety and promote sustainable recreation.
“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,” Governor Hochul said yesterday in a press release.
The fall foliage shuttle in North Hudson is an expansion of the Route 73 Hiker Shuttle program, which first launched in 2021. Running on weekends and holidays from all summer through Oct. 10, it has the same stops, but the hiker shuttle leaves from Marcy Field.
Stewards will be stationed at Marcy Field to assist with navigating the shuttle system and to educate hikers on responsible recreation, including preparedness, hiking safety, and “Leave No Trace” principles.