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Prospect Mountain, Lake George

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Take a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) hike, or drive to Prospect Mountain, a 616 m (2,021 ft) peak with a 160 km (100 mi) view of Glens Falls and Lake George. In the 19th century, the mountain hosted a restaurant with a dance podium, which had to be accessed by foot. A railway incline opened in 1895, but failed financially eight years later. You can still see the remains of the old rail system today. At the top, take time to admire the nature and vistas of the Adirondacks. If you hike up, be prepared for steep and rocky terrain; the hike can prove challenging for novice hikers. Be sure to pack plenty of water. Arrange your visit to Prospect Mountain and discover more family-friendly attractions in Lake George using our Lake George itinerary maker.
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Inns housed inside stately homes make for a luxurious visit to the lake. Rental cabins and cottages are popular for longer stays, but book ahead of time as these properties fill up fast in the warm months. Large resorts boast full-service facilities and social events, while bed and breakfasts and inns offer serenity and comfort for short stays.
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  • We visited Lake George recently and did a hike with my little one on Saturday and spent Sunday at Six Flags on a 90 degree weekend, so this drive up the mountain to get a gorgeous view without the hik...  more »
  • You can either hike up Prospect Mountain (moderate) or drive up. Either way you'll be rewarded with a view that will take your breath away. An outdoor "must" for anyone who wants a beautiful shot of L...  more »
  • Take the Veterans Memorial Highway to the top of Prospect Mountain. Much easier than climbing it. The front gate said no oets. We have 3 dogs. She said it would be OK as long as we kept them leashed. ...  more »