Top 5 Scenic Driving Routes in the Lake George Region
One of the best ways to appreciate the foliage is from the car. We've highlighted five scenic fall foliage driving routes in the Lake George area, two of which are up a mountain, and places to stop along the way.
1) Route 9N
The view from Sabbath Day Point Overlook is stunning in any season, but you can't beat the colors of fall.
The route: This scenic route travels along the western shore of Lake George and extends from Lake George Village up to Ticonderoga - the entire length of the lake! View the mountains, mansions, and cabins along the way, as well as the beauty of the surrounding landscape covered in bright colors. If you're feeling ambitious you can keep going past Ticonderoga and drive back down the east side of Lake George, going all the way around the lake.
Where to stop: Pull over at Sabbath Day Point Overlook (you can find it on Google Maps) that's about halfway up Route 9N from the Village to Ticonderoga.
2) Prospect Mountain
The route: In addition to hiking Prospect Mountain in Lake George, you can also drive to the top. The view is incredibly rewarding from your car, and Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is typically open through Veterans Day.
Where to stop: Before you head up the mountain fuel up at Prospect Mountain Diner, open for limited indoor and outdoor dining for 2020. Their hours are Monday, Thursday, and Friday 8am to 2pm, and Saturday and Sunday 7am to 3pm. They also offer takeout, if you want to bring breakfast with you for the drive.
3) Bolton Landing
Shopping, wine tastings, and more await in scenic Bolton Landing. Photo credit: Hope Relly-Cobb.
The route: Go on a leisurely drive through Bolton Landing and admire the historic mansions, estates, and shops that make the town so charming, and Lake George glimmers in the background.
Where to stop: The Indian Tepee Gift Shop on Route 9N is filled with unique gift items, Adirondack-themed decor, and much more for you to pick up a little something to bring home. They're open daily from 9am to 10pm. Just up the street you'll find Adirondack Winery, open 11am to 8pm for wine tastings (set up a tasting appointment ahead of time!).
4) Top Of The World
Would you be distracted golfing with a view like that?
The route: With a name like that, it must be a great view, right? A drive up to Top of the World Golf Resort on French Mountain delivers one of the best views of the lake as well as surrounding mountains and foliage. Drive up Route 9L on the east side of Lake George, hang a right on Lockhart Mountain Road, and then that connects to Top of the World Road.
Where to stop: The View Restaurant at Dunham's Bay Resort is just a six-minute drive from Top of the World and they're open for limited indoor seating (check their website for fall hours).
5) Route 149
Just make sure the driver isn't the one snapping the photos!
The route: If you're traveling south on Route 9 from Lake George Village hang a left at Route 149 and drive by Lake George RV Park as you head towards Fort Ann. As Warren County turns into scenic Washington County you'll see foliage for miles.
Where to stop: When you get to the intersection of Route 149 and Route 4 in Fort Ann take a right and head south for about five minutes. You'll reach Walker's Farm, Home & Tack, an all-ecompassing shop with Western-style apparel and decor, reputable brands liek Carhatt and Cowgirl Tuff, and much more.