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Key Info

Prospect Mountain Highway

Price & Hours

$10 per vehicle if driving to summit
Sunrise to sunset

Details

Natural Wonders, Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend

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Frequently hailed as the best (and most popular) hiking spot in Lake George, Prospect Mountain is about a 3-mile round-trip trek. The trailhead is easily accessible from town and the summit provides sweeping views of the lake, the mountains and the forest. You can pick up the trail on Smith Street (you'll notice a sign); there's a set of stairs up and across a highway that will take you to the wooded beginning of the pathway. Terrain along the way can be rocky and parts of the trail to the summit can be steep, so this hike is not recommended for small children. If you still would like to enjoy the views but aren't up for a hike, you can also reach the summit via car: Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway snakes up the mountain to the top. There are a few scenic overlooks you can stop at along the nearly 6-mile drive as well.

Past travelers said the hike up Prospect Mountain is completely worth it, noting it's challenging but enjoyable. Previous hikers recommend packing snacks, water and bug spray, and say it's best to tackle the hike on a clear day so you can take advantage of the views from the top. Visitors who drove up the mountain appreciated the lookout spots along the way and echoed the hikers' sentiment: if you go on a cloudy or foggy day, you won't get to see the spectacular view that you would when it's clear and sunny.

Prospect Mountain is free to access on foot (most said it was about a two-hour hike up and an hour to hike back down); if you're traveling by car you'll have to pay $10. There's a small parking lot at the foot of the trail on Smith Street, in addition to street parking in town; and a larger parking lot is available at the top of the mountain for those driving. The hiking trail is accessible 24/7 (though officials recommend hiking the trail between sunup and sundown) but the road to the summit (Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway) is typically open from Memorial Day to Veterans Day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are also picnic tables and restrooms at the mountain's summit. Find out more about Prospect Mountain at LakeGeorge.com.

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The crown jewel of the town of Lake George is the lake itself. Lake George is a narrow, oval lake that stretches 32 miles in length, features 176 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 170 islands. In addition to the village of Lake George on the southern banks, the lake has several other towns and communities that line its perimeter, including Bolton Landing to the west, Ticonderoga to the north and Huletts Landing to the east. One of the best ways to see Lake George in all its splendor is during sunrise or sunset. Top spots to check out the sunrise include the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George and Rogers Park in Bolton Landing. You can catch the best sunset views at Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Top of the World Golf Resort and some of the eateries in Lake George, such as Boardwalk Restaurant & Marina and Christie's on the Lake.

Another excellent way to take in the lake and its scenery is on the water: Consider booking a steamboat cruise, hitting the beach to sunbathe and swim or renting a kayak. In addition to enjoying the lake, previous visitors loved walking around the town, saying there are several quaint shops and restaurants to explore. Travelers are consistently impressed with how clean and well-maintained the area and its surroundings are.

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