Department of Environmental Conservation

D E C banner

For Release: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

DEC Announces Free Use at Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway

First Two Weekends in November and Veterans Day are Free to Honor Veterans

The public will be able to drive up Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway and enjoy the views for free on the first two weekends in November and on Veterans Day, November 11, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today.

"In honor and recognition of the sacrifices made by veterans here in New York and throughout the nation, DEC has chosen special days on which the public can visit Prospect Mountain for free," said Commissioner Seggos. "DEC encourages visitors to take in Prospect's spectacular 360-degree, 100-mile view from the 2,030-foot summit and reflect on the countless contributions our veterans have made to protect and serve our country."

Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Parkway climbs 5.5-miles from the entry gate to a parking lot just below the summit. There are three separate overlooks along the parkway-the Narrows, Lake George, and Eagle's Eye-from which to enjoy the scenery of the Adirondack Mountains and Lake George.

Accessible walkways, view scopes, and designated parking for people with disabilities are available on the summit. A picnic area with barbecue grills, accessible picnic tables, and accessible privy are located just below the summit. A self-guided nature trail and the remains of the world's largest cable railroad can also be enjoyed by visitors. A shuttle with a wheel chair lift runs from the parking lot to the summit of the mountain.

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.

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.

  • Contact for this Page
  • NYSDEC Region
    1115 State Route 86
    P.O. Box 296
    Ray Brook, NY 12977
    518-897-1200
    email us
  • This Page Covers
  • Page applies to all NYS regions