Let’s Take A Ride: Brant Lake to Hague

Take Exit 25 of I-87. Turn right to the Village of Brant Lake on Rt. 8. Follow Rt. 8 along the south shoreline of Brant Lake for a beautiful drive. Continuing on Rt. 8, you pass through magnificent Pharaoh Wilderness Region on the way to the Village of Hague. Several overlooks provide views, and one is a simply spectacular view of the Adirondack High Peaks and Mt. Marcy. This drive also passes through Dixon Forest, affording one of the most breathtaking foliage rides in New York State. This is the area of the Legend of Broken Wing, a crippled Indian boy who saved his village and was remembered by the turning of the colors. Just 2 miles before reaching Hague, watch for the huge stone elephant on your right. Upon arrival at Hague, take time to visit Hague Park at the Rt. 9 and 9N intersection, directly on Lake George. Before returning home, head north on Rt. 9N a few miles through the winding road that affords a picturesque view of the many islands in the North Basin of Lake George. This, too, is the area where the Indians occupied. The warriors hunted meat in the mountains while the squaws kept camp. The “laundry basins” were the “pot holes” carved out of the stone by the ages and can be seen at the water’s edge from the Indian Kettles just north of Hague. Keep going yet another short distance to Rogers Rock State Park and walk down the beach for yet another magnificent view of Lake George. It is here that Rogers eluded the enemy by walking on his snowshoes backwards and escaping over the mountain. This area, like much of the lake land in Warren County, was the site of raging battles in the Revolutionary War. Return home by retracing your steps or by heading south on Rt. 9N towards Lake George Village over Tongue Mountain from exit 25, this is a one-hour ride one-way through the mountain country.