Known as the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George is a narrow stretch of water that is 200 feet deep and offers some of the clearest waters of any lake in the Northern United States. It is a prime resort destination and was once the summer escape of choice for the rich and famous, including the Rockefeller, Roosevelt and Vanderbilt families. Even today, Lake George offers a variety of outdoor activities to fit visitors of every taste and budget.
Boating, kayaking and other water sports are a must-do in Lake George. If you have your own kayak, bring it along. Or if you need to rent, there are numerous shops in the area. Once ready, you can head off or join a guided tour and explore the lake with others. Half-day tours (about four hours) are the most popular and usually take visitors through areas known for beautiful scenery with opportunities for photography and bird watching. Some tours are combined with hiking trips, many complete with high-energy snacks and at least one stop for a picnic. Many companies also offer paddling instruction and tips before a tour or rental.
Lake George Kayak Co.
4973 Main St.
Bolton Landing, NY 12814
Prospect Mountain, with a 2,021-foot summit, offers some of the best hiking trails in northern New York State. Trails start on the edge of town, so there's easy access to the trails and it's possible to reach the summit in a day. Some of the trails cross the abandoned tracks of the 1898 incline railway car that made its way up Prospect Mountain. A "viewmobile" (vans that stop at strategic lookout points) can take you down once you reached the top. Or you can take the van up and hike your way down to the parking lot. Autumn is the best time to explore the mountain, as the reds and browns of the trees are at their best.
Environmental Conservation Office
Lake George, NY 12845
1000 Acres Ranch Resort
If you're looking for a more complete experience, the 1,000 Acres Ranch Resort offers accommodations, entertainment and great food all under the same roof. Located just 15 minutes away from the center of Lake George village, the ranch offers lodging in the form of private wood cabins or a room in a lodge. For those who want outdoor activities, the ranch also offers guided horseback riding tours, boat and kayak rental, a large pool, a golf course and a number of other sport facilities, including basketball and tennis courts. There are also children's activities such as scavenger hunts, carriage rides and arts and crafts, where parents can drop their kids and go try the more grown-up activities by themselves.
1000 Acres Ranch Resort
465 Warrensburg Road
Stony Creek, NY 12878