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For Release: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

DEC Announces Free Use at Prospect Mountain Veteran's Memorial Parkway

First Weekend in November and Veterans Day are Free to Honor Veterans

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

"We are proud to honor the men and women who have served our country by granting free access to enjoy the views from Prospect Mountain for these three days," said DEC Commissioner Seggos. "We encourage visitors to Prospect Mountain to remember our veterans as they take in the spectacular 360-degree, 100-mile view from the 2,030-foot summit of the mountain."

Prospect Mountain Veteran's 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.

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