Lake George Area Scenic Byway - New York Scenic Drives
Celebrate fall with farm stands and foliage . . .
Fall is the perfect time to explore the byways of Warren County.
Don't be surprised to find a rustic farm stand or a charming country store with apples, pumpkins, squash and other fall fare tucked along the side of a winding back road.
Prospect Mt. Veterans Memorial Highway &
Spectacular views of Vermont's Green Mountains, New Hampshire's White Mountains, New York's Adirondack High Peaks and, on a very clear day, the Laurentians of Canada. View of Lake George Village is backdropped by Black Forest Range. From the parking lot you can take a continuously running "viewmobile" to the summit for more spectacular views. You can also see remains of the world's largest cable railroad and the fireplace of once-thriving Prospect Mt. Hotel.
Route: 1-87 Exit 21, 1 mile north on Route 9, left at state highway entrance. 100-mile view from 2,021' summit. A 5-1/2 mile 2-lane highway leads to parking lot. Large picnic areas at parking lot and summit. Open daily Memorial Day to late October.
Driving Time: 10 minutes one way to parking lot.
Prospect Mountain Hiking Trail: This red-marked 1-5/8 mile trail leads to summit of Prospect Mountain. To reach trail from Lake George Village, turn west on Montcalm Street (away from lake) to Smith Street; turn south 1/2 block to trailhead sign. Trail crosses 1-87 on elevated walkway. The climb to the summit is not difficult. One part of the trail follows the road bed of an old funicular railway that served a once-thriving summer hotel on the mountain. Remains of both the mountain and the railroad still exist.
Warrensburg to Indian Lake on Route 28
1-87 Exit 23, north on Route 9 through Warrensburg to the junction of Routes 9 and 28. Head northwest on Route 28, over Hudson River, through Weavertown and North Creek (Gore Mt. Ski Area), driving along Hudson River to North River. You can enjoy several overlooks and villages en route. Continuing on Route 28, leave Warren County and drive upward through Siamese Ponds Wilderness Region to picturesque Indian Lake, passing Lake Adirondack and Lake Abanake. Turn left at sign to Sabael (Route 30). Drive a few miles to state overlook rest area. Then retrace your steps.
Driving Time: 1-1/4 hours one way.
Lake George to Hague on Route 9N
1-87 Exit 22 to Route 9N north. Drive along Lake George shoreline through Diamond Point and Bolton Landing. Turn right at Bolton Library (Veterans Memorial Park Drive) for spectacular dockside lake scenery. Continue north on Route 9N over Tongue Mt. to Silver Bay; stop at state overlook for another grand view. Continue north to Hague and stop at Town Park. Return by retracing steps or by using Route 8 Brant Lake to Hague trip, only in reverse.
Driving Time: 1 hour one way plus stops.
Brant Lake to Hague on Route 8
I-87 Exit 25, east on Route 8 to Brant Lake. Drive along Brant Lake shore line. Continue on Route 8 through Pharaoh Wilderness and Dixon Forest After hamlet of Graphite, a short and curvy drive downhill leads into village of Hague. Turn right to Town Park and views of Lake George Retrace steps westward for spectacular views of the Adirondack High Peaks, or use Lake George to Hague trip on Route 9N, only in reverse.
Driving Time: 1 hour one way plus stops.
Lake George To Chestertown on Route 9
I-87 Exit 23, north on Route 9 through Warrensburg to Chestertown about 7 miles past junction of Routes 9 & 28). You will enjoy beautiful forest scenery an the way. Stop in Chestertown to explore this quaint and charming village. At the junction of Route 8, turn left on Routes 8/9; stay on Route 9 around picturesque Loon Lake. Continue toward Pottersville and 1-87 Exit 26.
Driving Time: 3/4 hour one way plus stops.
Olympic: Tour & High Falls Gorge
Lake George to Lake Placid
I-87 Exit 30, west on Route 73 through Keene Valley and Keene, into the Adirondack High Peaks, cutting through Cascade Pass to Lake Placid. Enjoy the Olympic Tour (Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Olympic Arenas, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Luge Complex, Whiteface Mt. Chairlift Veterans Memorial Highway) and the new Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum, celebrating the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
There is a tour Package available mid-June through mid-October, or you can guide yourself year round, weather permitting. Contact ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority) at 1-800-462-6236 (N.Y) or 518-523-1655 information. From Lake Placid turn north on Route 86 to Whiteface Mt. and Wilmington, driving along West Branch of Ausable River to High Falls Gorge. View the ancient valley of foaming waters, carved by forces of ice, water and wind. 600 foot cascading waterfall. Self guided tour. Gift shop Open daily June-October.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication