Million Dollar Beach and Prospect Mountain Opening Dates
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will open Prospect Mountain for the season Saturday, May 25, 2019. Drive up the mountain highway any time from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The cost to ride up the mountain is: $10 per car/ $4 per motorcycle and $50 per bus.
You can rent a pavilion at the top for a picnic for $75.
The elevation is 2,030 feet — which offers a 100-mile view on a clear day. You can see to Vermont and north to the High Peaks.
The Veteran’s Memorial Highway that leads up Prospect Mountain was built in 1969 and dedicated in honor of war veterans. The 5.5 mile drive up includes three scenic overlooks on the way to the top.
Stop at The Narrows first. Then pull off for the Lake George Panorama. The Eagle’s Eye is the final overlook before you get to the parking lot at the end of the roadway.
A 0.2-mile trail ascends 155 feet from the parking lot to the summit for those who prefer to walk. The more adventurous can hike a 1.5-mile trail which climbs 1,630 feet from its trailhead on Smith Street in the village of Lake George.
Don’t forget to check out the historical ruins at the top. This includes a bullwheel and an old cable railway that transported people to the top. It was once the world’s largest cable railroad from 1895-1903. Prospect Mountain House, a hotel once located at the summit, burned twice.
Million Dollar Beach will be open for swimming for the season on May 25, 2019. Swimming is permitted only when lifeguards are on duty. The swimming area will be open when lifeguard are on duty until June 16, 2019. Stay tuned for an additional update when we have more information.
Million Dollar Beach Boat Launch is currently open. There is no charge to park your trailer there at this time. Boat inspection and decontamination if necessary is mandatory to launch your boat on Lake George. There is an inspection station at the launch.
*Updated May 23, 2019*
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