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Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Day Use Area

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Map of Prospect Mountain location in NY State
  • Dates of Operation: See campground and day use areas schedule
  • Fee: $10/car, $5/motorcycle, $50/bus, $75/daily pavilion rental
    • Car, motorcycle, and bus fees are temporarily suspended as of May 29, 2021.
  • Address: U.S. Route 9, 1/2 mile S of Lake George Village, NY 12845
  • GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude): 43.410500, -73.721600
  • Facility Phone: (518) 668-5198
  • Regional Office Phone: (518) 623-1200
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Please be advised that pets are prohibited at all DEC day use areas.

Please note: The shuttle to the summit of Prospect Mountain is not available at this time. Until shuttles become available, admission fees will not be charged to access the highway.

Take in the spectacular 360 degree, 100-mile view from the 2,030-foot summit of Prospect Mountain. A beautiful 5.5 mile, two-lane highway leads to parking lots at each of the three vistas along the highway - The Narrows, Lake George, and the Eagle's Nest. There are beautiful views of Vermont's Green Mountains, New Hampshire's White Mountains, New York's Adirondack High Peaks and on a very clear day, the Laurentian Mountains of Canada. From the parking lot, take the shuttle or walk to the summit for more breath-taking views.

Old cable reailroad

Drive time is approximately ten minutes from entry booth to the parking lot, plus and time spent at the overlooks. A self-guided nature trail, the remains of the world's largest cable railroad, and picnic facilities can also be enjoyed by visitors. A 1.5-mile hiking trail ascends 1.630 feet from the village of Lake George to the summit of the mountain.


Scenic vistas, parking, hiking trail, nature trail, picnic tables, pavilion.

Accessible features

Accessible Features

Accessible privy and walkways, viewscopes, and designated parking at the summit. The shuttle from the parking area to the summit has a wheel chair lift. Full Listing of DEC's Accessible Recreation Destinations

Scenic views

Scenic Views

View from Prospect Mountain

Scenic views are available from the summit or at one of the three overlooks along the highway - the Narrows, Lake George, and the Eagle's Eye. Viewscopes are available for even better views.



BBQ grills and picnic tables are available near the summit. A picnic pavilion is available for rent.



Prospect Mountain Trail extends 1.5 miles and climbs 1,630 feet from the trailhead in the village of Lake George along Smith Street.

A trail from the parking lot extends 0.2 miles and ascends 155 feet to the summit providing a much shorter hike.

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General information on fishing includes fishing tips with links to seasons, rules & regulations. You can ensure of continued good fishing opportunities in the future by fishing responsibly. If you have never been fishing but want to try, it's easy to learn how to fish.

Rules, Regulations and Outdoor Safety


Get driving directions from Google Maps (leaves DEC website)

Nearby State Lands

Lake George Battlefield Day Use Area
Lake George Beach Day Use Area
Lake George Battleground Campground
Lake George Islands Campgrounds
Hearthstone Point Campground
Luzerne Campground
Lake George Wild Forest

Additional Information

Gas, food, supplies, lodging and dining are available in the village of Lake George. Visit the Lake George Area (leaves DECs website) can provide information about other recreation, attractions and amenities in this area.