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Prospect Mountain

Appreciate incredible views of glittering Lake George and the Adirondack Region from the peak of this lovely mountain, which is easy to reach on foot or by car.

Bring your camera when you head to the top of Prospect Mountain, as the views you will see at the top are some of the best in the Lake George region. Follow the beautiful hiking trails that lead to the summit or drive up instead and save your energy for the top, where you will find more trails.

As one of Lake George’s most impressive natural landmarks, Prospect Mountain is a favorite with both tourists and locals. Head to the top of its 2,030-foot (619-meter) peak on a clear day and expect to see for about 100 miles (160 kilometers). The mountain’s popularity is not a new phenomenon; for a very long time, people have come from great distances to enjoy this beautiful spot. 

Look for the ruins of a cable railroad at the top of the mountain. This impressive structure was the largest cable railroad in the world between 1895 and 1903. It carried visitors up to the Prospect Mountain House, a well-loved hotel at the mountain’s summit. The hotel no longer stands here, but visitors to Lake George continue to make Prospect Mountain a key item on their itineraries. 

In good weather, walking is a very enjoyable way to get to the top of the mountain. Follow the nature trail that leads up the slope. It is hard to get lost, as they are very well marked. The trail is about 4 miles (6 kilometers) long and the terrain is not too difficult. Be aware that it’s often hot here in summer so bring plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun. Factor in time to pause often to take pictures of the stunning views along the way. 

Instead of walking, drive to the top of Prospect Mountain to give your legs a rest. While hiking is free, there is an admission fee for cars. The drive is every bit as scenic as the walk. Note that the mountain is open to cars only at certain times of the day and year, so check ahead for current status.


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Lodging Near Prospect Mountain

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Wingate by Wyndham Lake George $118
Wingate by Wyndham Lake George

Wingate by Wyndham Lake George

4054 State Route 9L, Lake George
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,626 reviews
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Situated in Lake George, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Water Slide World and Lake George Dog Beach. Fort William Henry is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) away.

    Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lake George $64
    Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lake George

    Howard Johnson by Wyndham Lake George

    99 Canada St, Lake George
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 428 reviews
      2.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Lake George, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Patriot of Lake George Museum and Fort William Henry. Lake George Dog Beach is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) away.

      Courtyard by Marriott Lake George $199
      Courtyard by Marriott Lake George

      Courtyard by Marriott Lake George

      365 Canada Street, Lake George
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 199 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Lake George, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Adirondack Winery and Shepard's Beach Park. Lake George Dog Beach and Lake George Battlefield Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Marine Village Resort $139
        Marine Village Resort

        Marine Village Resort

        370 Canada St, Lake George
           
          3.9
          of 5, from 225 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Nestled on the beach, this Lake George hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Adirondack Winery, Fort William Henry, and Lake George Dog Beach. Lake George Shoreline Cruises and Shepard's Beach Park are also within 10 minutes.

          Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Lake George $99
          Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Lake George

          Americas Best Value Inn & Suites Lake George

          435 Canada Street, Lake George
             
            4.5
            of 5, from 335 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Lake George, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adirondack Winery, Fort William Henry, and Lake George Dog Beach. Shepard's Beach Park and House of Frankenstein Wax Museum are also within 10 minutes.

            Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center $176
            Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center

            Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center

            48 Canada Street, Lake George
               
              3.5
              of 5, from 550 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated on a lake, this resort is within a 5-minute walk of Fort William Henry Museum and Patriot of Lake George Museum. House of Frankenstein Wax Museum and Lake George Shoreline Cruises are also within 10 minutes.

              The Blair House $60
              The Blair House

              The Blair House

              2734 STATE ROUTE 9, Lake George
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 150 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Lake George, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Adirondack Winery, Shepard's Beach Park, and Lake George Shoreline Cruises. Outlets at Lake George and Bennett's Riding Stable are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Brookside Motel $57
                Brookside Motel

                Brookside Motel

                504 Canada Street, Lake George
                   
                  4.1
                  of 5, from 223 reviews
                  2.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Lake George, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Adirondack Winery, Fort William Henry, and Lake George Dog Beach. Shepard's Beach Park and House of Frankenstein Wax Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).