Warren County

DEC re-opens Prospect Mountain highway

William and John Henry Zhang of Clifton Park pose for a photograph at the top of Prospect Mountain on June 9, 2019. Photo by Erica Miller/Staff

William and John Henry Zhang of Clifton Park pose for a photograph at the top of Prospect Mountain on June 9, 2019. Photo by Erica Miller/Staff

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday re-opened the Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway after completing improvements to the day use area at the summit.

While the shuttle to the summit is still not operating because of COVID-19 restrictions, the public can park in the large parking lot below the summit and walk to the top on a paved trail.

DEC said the improvements include 450 feet of New York-sourced, large cut stone blocks along the roadway, trails, and picnic area, which replace a crumbling masonry wall, and 900 feet of new and restored paved trails. The stone blocks ensure the safety of visitors to the summit, picnic area, and trails.

In addition, DEC said it undertook improvements that allow more visitors to enjoy the 360-degree, 100-mile view from the 2,030-foot summit, which overlooks Lake George village and the southern end of the lake. A hiking trail from the village also goes up the mountain.

Restrictions remain to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, including not operating the shuttle and prohibiting picnicking. Restrooms remain closed, and the view scopes at the summit and scenic view pull-off areas along the highway have been removed.

The Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway Day Use Area will remain open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 11.