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Drive Up Prospect Mountain Via The Veterans Memorial Highway

Prospect Mountain is one of the most popular hiking spots around Lake George, but if you are not able to hike to the summit, you can still experience the amazing views. A short drive up Veterans Memorial Highway leads to scenic outlooks along the way and a large picnic area at the top of the mountain.

view from Prospect Mountain overlook

The Drive To The Top

The Veterans Memorial Highway is a 5.5-mile long route that is open daily from May 23 through November 11, 2020, weather permitting. The hours are 10am to 6pm, late May through Labor Day, and then 9am to 5pm through the fall. The turn for the highway is located on Route 9 approximately 1/2-mile south of Lake George Village and directly across from the Lake George Chamber of Commerce.

There are three scenic outlooks with pull-off spots on the way up to the summit, and each offers some great photo opportunities.

Farther along is a large parking lot where all vehicles will be left. There are a couple parking spots available at the top for wheelchair access. From the parking lot, there are two options to reach the summit: take the Prospect Shuttle from the parking lot or explore the mountain's nature trails that lead from the lot to the top. There are also rest rooms available adjacent to the parking lot.

Pricing Varies By Vehicle

There is a small fee to access the route up Prospect Mountain and park in the lot.

  • Cars/Vans: $10
  • Motorcycles: $5
  • Bicycles: $2
  • Buses: $50

However, if you are aged 62 or older with a valid New York State license or a NYS Non-Driver ID Card, the whole vehicle can drive up for free Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)! You can be either the driver or a passenger.

In addition, Lake George Scooters at 2239 State Route 9, Lake George, offers scoot coupe/scooter rentals that can be driven up the Veterans Memorial Highway.

view of the southern basin of lake george from prospect mountain in the fallPicnic Next To History

In addition to the view from the top, visitors can enjoy a large picnic area. There are several tables and grills for public use and a covered pavilion that is available for booking. Call (518) 668-5198 to book the pavilion for $75. If it is not booked, it is available on a first come, first serve basis. Be sure to check out the historic remains of the Prospect Mountain Cable Incline Railway and the Prospect Mountain House at the summit as well.

The picnic area is strictly pack it in, pack it out. There are no trash receptacles on the mountain, so help keep the mountain clean by taking all your trash back down with you.

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