Drive up Prospect Mountain for free on two weekends this year!
Admission will be free on the weekends of Nov. 4 and 5 and Nov. 11 and 12 as part of the "Think Vet" initiative by local veterans.
The road that goes up the mountain will be closed from Nov. 6 -10 and will close for the season after Nov. 12.
The Veteran's Memorial Highway that leads up Prospect Mountain was built in 1969 and dedicated in honor of war veterans. The cost is usually $10 per car, but that fee will be waived to honor those who have fought for the United States.
The efforts of a few local veterans called the Lake George Veterans Memorial Group led to the state offering the free admission annually. The group was formed in 2016 by three charter members: Dennis Galloway, Dan Hurley and Chuck Wheeler.
The 5.5 mile drive up includes three scenic overlooks on the way to the top.
Stop at The Narrows first. Then pull off for the Lake George Panorama. The Eagle's Eye is the final overlook before you get to the parking lot at the end of the roadway.
From there you can park your car and ride the shuttle to the top, which includes a video about the history of the mountain.
Or, you can hike the rest of the way to the top on a short trail.
The summit reveals a panoramic 100-mile view. You can see Lake George, the high peaks, Vermont and more. Bring your lunch and have a picnic at the top.
There are also historical ruins including a bullwheel and an old cable railway that was transported people to the top. It was once the world’s largest cable railroad from 1895-1903. This Cable Railway brought passengers for an overnight stay at the Prospect Mountain House, a hotel once located at the summit that burned twice.
Prospect Mountain is operated by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.