Fall Foliage Update
November 2, 2019
We had a late fall foliage season, which is great news for all procrastinators! Don’t wait too long, though. A strong wind or rain (or snow!) could blow all those colorful leaves to the ground. So make your leaf-peeping plans now. We’re seeing a lot of golds, oranges and ambers on the leaves now.
The picture above is from Battlefield Park, which is on this self-guided Colonial Wars tour. Click here for the tour. This is a 3-mile walk around the lake with stops at historical landmarks. It’s a great way to see some beautiful views and learn the area’s history.
We have a lot going on this weekend, too!
On Saturday and Sunday — November 3 & 4, 2018 — you can drive up Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway for free in honor of our nation’s veterans.
This is thanks to the “Think Vet” initiative by a few local veterans called the Lake George Veterans Memorial Group, which 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.
Now several veterans and citizen volunteers will be on hand to greet and converse with visitors between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. this weekend. The road is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but it’s best to get there no later than 3:30 p.m. so you have enough time to take in all the views.
The picture above is from the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George — elevation is 2,030 feet — which offers a 100-mile view on a clear day. You can see to Vermont and north to the High Peaks.
Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway is located across the street from our Main Office at 2176 State Route 9 in Lake George.
The Veteran’s Memorial Highway that leads up Prospect Mountain was built in 1969 and dedicated in honor of war veterans. 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. There’s also a pavilion at the top you can rent for $75/day.
A 0.2-mile trail ascends 155 feet from the parking lot to the summit for those who prefer to walk. The more adventurous can hike a 1.5-mile trail which climbs 1,630 feet from its trailhead on Smith Street in the village of Lake George.
Don’t forget to check out the historical ruins at the top. This includes a bullwheel and an old cable railway that transported people to the top. It was once the world’s largest cable railroad from 1895-1903. Prospect Mountain House, a hotel once located at the summit, burned twice.
The parkway will remain open through Veterans Day, and will close for the season the following day. Typically, use of the parkway costs $10 for a car, $5 for a motorcycle, and $50 for a commercial bus.
It will also be free to drive up on Veterans Day, which is Sunday, November 11.
Time to get rid of your Halloween jack-o-lantern! Why throw it away when you could catapult it into the air? That’s the idea behind the Pumpkin Chunkin’ at Adirondack Pub & Brewery.
Head to the LARAC Fall Arts Festival for more than 75 artisans, live music and more. Read more about that here.
On Friday night and Saturday night the Adirondack Stampede Rodeo is back at the Cool Insuring Arena!