Fall Activity Links
Take in the Scenery
The fall foliage season begins in mid-September and continues through the early part of November. Day trips in any direction from Plattsburgh unfold to a panorama of brilliant color. Lodging can be hard to find in the fall in the North Country as literally thousands of "leaf peepers" invade the region.
Veterans Memorial Highway
A definite must during autumn is a drive up the eight-mile Veterans Memorial Highway to the summit of Whiteface Mountain and a stop at the observatory which affords a 360-degree view of the Adirondacks, Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains. Or, just as enticing, ride the gondola from the base lodge at Whiteface Ski Center to the top of Little Whiteface.
Intercollegiate ice hockey has a strong following in the North Country, beginning in early November, and the Plattsburgh State Cardinals provide plenty of excitement for fans of all ages. The Cardinals are a perennial powerhouse at the NCAA Division III level, with more than a dozen State University of New York Athletic Conference championships to their credit along with two national titles and several appearances in the NCAA "final four" championship series. A recently inaugurated Women's hockey program is capturing growing fan interest as well as a reputation for quality on the national scene. Stafford Arena, home ice for the Cardinals, is a first-class facility for watching hockey men's and women's hockey action. It opens regularly for public skating at nominal cost.
The Lake Champlain Valley is New York State's leading producer of apples, and its claim to fame is the delicious and all-purpose Macintosh variety.
Below: Apples that don't measure up for shipment to wholesale and retail fruit distributors and markets are likely to end up in the orchard's cider presses.
Soccer is Big in the Fall
The City of Plattsburgh's Recreation Department schedules and oversees the community-wide youth soccer program that uses the former military parade grounds at PARC for practice and games. In the background in the photo above are some of the historic buildings that encircle the playing field, still referred to as the parade grounds on US Oval.