SCENIC DRIVES IN THE ADIRONDACK PARK
for more scenic drives in the entire area.
The following driving
tours were generously furnished by the Warren County Department of Tourism.
Prospect Mt. Veterans Memorial Highway
21, 1 mile north on Rt. 9, left at state highway entrance. A 5 1/2 mile 2 lane
highway leads to parking lot; en route are spectacular views of Vermont's Green
Mts., New Hampshire's White Mts., New York's Adirondack High Peaks and on a very
clear day, the Laurentians of Canada. View of Lake George Village is back dropped
by Black Forest Range. From parking lot take continuously running "viewmobile"
to summit for more spectacular views. See remains of world's largest cable railroad
and fireplace of once thriving Prospect Mt. Hotel. Large picnic areas at parking
lot and summit. Open daily Memorial Day, through Oct. 20. $5.00 per car, $30.
Driving time: 10 minutes one way to parking lot plus stops.
Rt. 28... Warrensburg to Indian Lake
I-87 to Exit 23, north on
Rt. 9 through Warrensburg to jct. Rts. 9 & 28. Head northwest on Rt. 28, over
Hudson River, through Wevertown and North Creek (Gore Mt. Ski Area), driving along
Hudson River to North River. Enjoy several overlooks and villages en route. Continuing
on Rt. 28, leave Warren County and drive upward through Siamese Ponds Wilderness
Region to picturesque Indian Lake, passing Lake Adirondack and Lake Abanake. Turn
left at sign to Sabael (Rt. 30). Drive a few miles to state overlook rest area;
enjoy view. Then retrace steps.
Driving time: 1 1/4 hours one way plus stops.
Rt. 9N...Lake George to Hague
I-87, Exit 22 to Rt.
9N north. Drive along Lake George shoreline through Diamond Point and Bolton Landing.
Turn right at Bolton Library (Veterans Memorial Park Drive) for spectacular dockside
lake scenery. Continue north on Rt. 9N over Tongue Mt. to Silver Bay; stop at
state overlook for another grand view. Continue north to Hague and stop at town
Park. Return by retracing steps.
Driving time: 1 hour one way plus stops
Rt. 8... Brant Lake to Hague
I-87 to Exit
25, east on Rt. 8 to Brant Lake. Drive along Brant Lake shoreline. Continue on
Rt. 8 through Pharaoh Wilderness and Dixon Forest. After hamlet of Graphite, a
short and curvy drive downhill leads into village of Hague. Turn right to Town
Park and views of Lake George. Retrace steps westward for spectacular views of
the Adirondack High Peaks.
Driving time: 1 hour one way plus stops.
Rt. 9... Lake George to Chestertown
I-87 Exit 23, north on Rt. 9, through Warrensburg to Chestertown (about 7
miles past junction of Rts. 9 & 28). Enjoy beautiful forest scenery on the way.
Stop in Chestertown to explore this quaint and charming village. At junction of
Rt. 8, turn left on Rts. 8/9; stay on Rt. 9 around picturesque Loon Lake. Continue
toward Pottersville and I-87 Exit 26.
Driving time: 3/4 hour one way plus
Olympic Tour & High Falls Gorge...Lake George to Lake
I-87 Exit 30, west on Rt. 73 through Keene Valley and Keen, into
the Adirondack High Peaks, cutting through Cascade Pass to Lake Placid. Enjoy
the Olympic Tour (Ski Jump Complex, Mt. Van Hoevenberg, The Olympic Arenas, and
Whiteface Mt.) and the new Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum. Contact the Olympic
Regional Development Authority (ORDA) at 1-800-462-6236 for more information.
From Lake Placid, turn north on Rt. 86 to Whiteface Mt. and Wilmington, driving
along West Branch of Ausable River to High Falls Gorge attraction. View the ancient
valley of foaming waters, carved by forces of ice, water and wind.
time: 2 hours one way to Lake Placid plus stops
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Paul Smiths to St. Regis
Heading north on Rt. 30, in Paul Smiths, turn left on Keese Mill
Rd. Keese Mill Rd. crosses the St. Regis river several times, and passes by the
trailhead for Azure mountain. Approximately 5 miles into the ride the paved road
turns into a well maintained gravel road. If a longer day is planned, the short
hike up Azure mountain is beautiful at any time of the year, and breathtaking
now. At the end of Keese Mill Rd., turn right on Rt. 458. This will take you to
Rt. 30 near Meacham Lake. You can make a loop by following Rt. 30 back to Paul
Smiths. This is unforgettable country!
Mileage: About 25 miles on Keese
Mill Rd., then an additional 21 to return back to Paul Smiths.
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Vermontville to Wilmington
on Rt. 3, turn Right before the Franklin Town Hall onto Cold Brook Rd. After approximately
6 or 7 miles, turn right onto Lower Franklin Falls Rd. This will take you past
Franklin Falls. You will link up with Rt. 431 after Franklin Falls, and this will
take you into Wilmington. In Wilmington if you get on Rt. 86, you can follow this
into Lake Placid then Saranac Lake and make a large loop. There are a variety
of wonderful side trips on this route, including the drive up Whiteface, High
Falls Gorge, and North Pole, NY.
Mileage: The round trip from Vermontville
to Wilmington, then thru Placid and Saranac Lake back to Vermontville is approximately
45 miles. This does not include any of the side trips.
Vermontville to Duane Center
Traveling north on Rt. 3, turn left on
County Rt. 26 (old Rt. 99). This road is in poor condition, but for the adventuresome,
it is well worth the bumps. This will take you thru the idyllic town of Loon Lake.
After Loon Lake, turn left on Rt. 27. Follow Rt. 27 to Rt. 30 in the town of Duane.
This is a beautiful trip any time of the year.
Mileage: Approximately 14
miles from Rt. 3 to the turn off at Rt. 27, an additional 5 miles to the Town
of Duane Center. Back To the Fall
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