is the perfect time to explore the byways of Warren County.
Don't be surprised
to find a rustic farm stand or a charming country store with apples, pumpkins,
squash and other fall fare tucked along the side of a winding back road.
Mt. Veterans Memorial Highway &
views of Vermont's Green Mountains, New Hampshire's White Mountains, New York's
Adirondack High Peaks and, on a very clear day, the Laurentians of Canada. View
of Lake George Village is backdropped by Black Forest Range. From the parking
lot you can take a continuously running "viewmobile" to the summit for
more spectacular views. You can also see remains of the world's largest cable
railroad and the fireplace of once-thriving Prospect Mt. Hotel.
1-87 Exit 21, 1 mile north on Route 9, left at state highway entrance. 100-mile
view from 2,021' summit. A 5-1/2 mile 2-lane highway leads to parking lot. Large
picnic areas at parking lot and summit. Open daily Memorial Day to late October.
Driving Time: 10 minutes one way to parking lot.
Mountain Hiking Trail: This red-marked 1-5/8 mile trail leads to summit of
Prospect Mountain. To reach trail from Lake George Village, turn west on Montcalm
Street (away from lake) to Smith Street; turn south 1/2 block to trailhead sign.
Trail crosses 1-87 on elevated walkway. The climb to the summit is not difficult.
One part of the trail follows the road bed of an old funicular railway that served
a once-thriving summer hotel on the mountain. Remains of both the mountain and
the railroad still exist.
to Indian Lake on Route 28
1-87 Exit 23, north on Route
9 through Warrensburg to the junction of Routes 9 and 28. Head northwest on Route
28, over Hudson River, through Weavertown and North Creek (Gore Mt. Ski Area),
driving along Hudson River to North River. You can enjoy several overlooks and
villages en route. Continuing on Route 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 (Route 30). Drive a few
miles to state overlook rest area. Then retrace your steps.
Time: 1-1/4 hours one way.
George to Hague on Route 9N
1-87 Exit 22 to Route 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 Route 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 or by using Route 8 Brant Lake to Hague trip,
only in reverse.
Driving Time: 1 hour one way plus stops.
Brant Lake to Hague on Route 8
I-87 Exit 25, east on
Route 8 to Brant Lake. Drive along Brant Lake shore line. Continue on Route 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, or use Lake George to Hague trip on Route 9N, only in reverse.
Time: 1 hour one way plus stops.
Lake George To Chestertown on Route 9
I-87 Exit 23,
north on Route 9 through Warrensburg to Chestertown about 7 miles past junction
of Routes 9 & 28). You will enjoy beautiful forest scenery an the way. Stop
in Chestertown to explore this quaint and charming village. At the junction of
Route 8, turn left on Routes 8/9; stay on Route 9 around picturesque Loon Lake.
Continue toward Pottersville and 1-87 Exit 26.
3/4 hour one way plus stops.
Tour & High Falls Gorge
Lake George to Lake Placid
Exit 30, west on Route 73 through Keene Valley and Keene, into the Adirondack
High Peaks, cutting through Cascade Pass to Lake Placid. Enjoy the Olympic Tour
(Intervale Ski Jump Complex, Olympic Arenas, Mt. Van Hoevenberg Luge Complex,
Whiteface Mt. Chairlift Veterans Memorial Highway) and the new Lake Placid Winter
Olympic Museum, celebrating the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
is a tour Package available mid-June through mid-October, or you can guide yourself
year round, weather permitting. Contact ORDA (Olympic Regional Development Authority)
at 1-800-462-6236 (N.Y) or 518-523-1655 information. From Lake Placid turn north
on Route 86 to Whiteface Mt. and Wilmington, driving along West Branch of Ausable
River to High Falls Gorge. View the ancient valley of foaming waters, carved by
forces of ice, water and wind. 600 foot cascading waterfall. Self guided tour.
Gift shop Open daily June-October.
PEAKS EXPERIENCE From Saratoga Springs
CAPITAL SARATOGA/ADIRONDACKS REGIONS
APPROXIMATELY 320 MILES
Come to the High Peaks Region
and visit the Olympic training venues!
This trip will take
you through an historic resort city with a lively social scene and on a high peaks
journey that is startling in its beauty.
On your trip on the
Northway (I-87), stop at Saratoga Springs (Exit 13N) and drive north on Route
9. Enter the Saratoga Spa State Park through the lovely, tree-lined Avenue of
the Pines. In the park are the mineral baths and the Saratoga Performing Arts
Center, summer home of the New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, the Philadelphia
Orchestra and pop specials. Exit the park, turning right, on Route 50. Drive northeast
to Union Avenue, and visit the Saratoga Race Course, the nation's oldest thoroughbred
track, where sports lovers gather each summer from around the world to watch thoroughbreds
race. (Racing season is late July through early September.)
Saratoga Springs via Union Avenue to I-87 north. Take Exit 28 and Route 74 east
to Fort Ticonderoga. This area is steeped in Revolutionary War history, with its
fife and drum parades and canon and mortar drills.
rugged beauty of the Ausable River is typical of the Adirondacks.
Route 9N north to Crown Point, then on to Route 73 and into the Adirondacks. Throughout
you will find turn-offs for wilderness hiking and fine accommodations for every
taste. The journey on Route 73 has stunning beauty, with stark contrasts. This
old carriage path is cut through the high peaks and imposing walls of rock. Drive
by Cascade Lake and Chapel Pond, cross Johns Brook and pass several times over
the Ausable River. Travel to Lake Placid, home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics
and year-round training ground for world-class athletes. You can watch them practicing
or try the facilities yourself. Beautiful and beautifully maintained Route 86,
going northwest, leads through wilderness areas surrounding Saranac Lake. Take
Route 3 through Tupper Lake to Blue Mountain Lake, home of the Adirondack Museum.
Return on Route 30 to Long Lake and head east on Route 28N
through Newcomb, with its Adirondack Visitors Interpretive Center. Follow signs
to North Hudson and the Adirondack Northway (I-87) south to Saratoga Springs.
Contact the Capital-Saratoga and Adirondack regional travel
promotion agencies for more information.
NEW YORK SCENIC DRIVE From Albany
APPROXIMATELY 210 MILES
the Central-Leatherstocking region, with its century-old family homesteads and
unchanging bucolic scenery.
Howe Cavern's tour finishes
with a quarter-mile underground boat ride.
From Albany, travel west on Route
20 to Route 7 to Howe Caverns for a boat ride on an underground lake and a tour
of magnificent underground rock formations. A visit to the nearby Iroquois Indian
Museum offers exhibits, art and nature trails. Go north on Route 145 to Route
20, west through the lovely Cherry Valley, then south on Route 80, which will
take you along Lake Otsego and into Cooperstown. This village is home to the National
Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers' Museum, the Fenimore House and much more.
The Glimmerglass Opera Theater is located nearby, just eight
miles north of Cooperstown and two miles south of US Route 20. Situated in a meadow
overlooking a reflecting pond, its barn-like exterior relates to the rural upstate
Continue north on Route 80 to Route 20 west to Cazenovia,
a charming town where you can visit the formal garden and arboretum at Lorenzo
State Historic Site. Nearby is the Chittenango State Park, with its scenic waterfall.
Take Route 20 east through the nationally known antique center between Bouckville
and Madison to Route 12B north to Route 12 to Utica. On your way, stop at the
Musical Museum in Deansboro, with its 17 rooms of antique musical nickelodeons,
grind organs and music boxes.
ADDITIONAL ADIRONDACK SCENIC DRIVES NOT TO BE MISSED
The following driving tours were graciously described to us by
Barb and Frank Karl of Onchiota, New York
Paul Smiths to St.
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.
Traveling north 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,
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.
Saranac Lake, New York 12983
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