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. Prospect
Mt. Veterans Memorial Highway &
100-Mile ViewSpectacular 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. Route:
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. Prospect 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.
Warrensburg to Indian Lake on Route 281-87 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. Driving Time: 1-1/4
hours one way.
Lake George to Hague on Route 9N1-87 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 8I-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. Driving Time: 1 hour one way
Lake George To Chestertown on Route 9I-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. Driving Time: 3/4 hour one way plus stops.
Olympic: Tour & High Falls Gorge
Lake George to Lake PlacidI-87
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. There 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.
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HIGH PEAKS EXPERIENCE From Saratoga
CAPITAL SARATOGA/ADIRONDACKS REGIONS
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.) Exit 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.
The 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.
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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 setting. 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.
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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. Regis
Falls 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. Vermontville to Wilmington 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, 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.
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Historical Reference for past peak foliage
map and chart above courtesy of The Albany Times Union newspaper
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