Driving up to the top of the Whiteface along the Veterans’ Memorial Highway—New York’s fifth-highest peak at 4,867’—isn’t your typical automotive experience. How many other roads do you know that lead you directly to the summit of a mountain, with gorgeous views spanning hundreds of miles of wild land reaching as far as Vermont and Canada?
Nowhere else is the beauty and vastness of the Adirondack Park so apparent and so easily accessible. The paved road rises over 2,300 feet in five miles from the Toll House. At the summit, there are a few things you don’t often find atop a peak: a castle built from native stone, a restaurant and gift shop, an elevator carved deep inside the mountain top itself, and a truly spectacular 360-degree, panoramic view of unparalleled beauty. A visit to the Adirondacks is not complete without a drive to the top!
Food & Retail
The 4610′ Grill food truck offers a gourmet rustic menu in the perfect picnic setting, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the Adirondack High Peaks region. Be sure to stop by the Castle Gift Shop for souvenirs from the Olympic Sites that will provide lasting memories of your Adirondack vacation. The 4610′ Grill and Castle Gift Shop are open daily from 8:45 am – 5:30 pm through Monday, October 11.
History of the Veterans’ Memorial Highway
Pre-dating the ski area by about 20 years, the road to the summit was dedicated by Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1929 and opened in 1936 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. “This is a tribute from the citizens of the state of New York which would be appreciated by those fallen comrades of ours who served their state and their nation so well. It is fitting that we should dedicate it in their names. It will stand as a tribute to them through all the centuries to come.” (Dedication Address, September 1935). The elevator, Castle and Summit House were completed three years later. In 1985 New York State Governor Mario Cuomo rededicated the Whiteface Memorial Highway to veterans of all wars. Natural wildflowers grow roadside, serving as a living museum of forest ecology, all of which is built upon the over one billion-year-old Anorthosite bedrock boulders. Along the way up are nine designated spots where you are encouraged to stop, enjoy the views, and discover more about the mountain surroundings from the posted information signs.
The Toll House Area
An alpine-style gatehouse constructed in 1934 and Lake Stevens—a small, pristine pond—gives the Highway its picturesque start. Named for 1932 Olympian bobsledder Hubert Stevens, Lake Stevens is stocked annually to provide fishing opportunities—particularly for children and visitors with disabilities—through its scenic beauty and picnic areas ought to be enjoyed by all. The Lake Stevens Tree Trail offers a self-guided, 10-minute walk around the pond, where you’ll find many species of trees native to the northern Adirondacks.
Please find the 2021 summer/fall season schedule below for the Veterans’ Memorial Highway at Whiteface Mountain. We recommend checking the Whiteface Daily Conditions Report in advance of your visit to confirm that status of the Nature Trail to the Summit*, which may close in the case of inclement weather.
- May 21 – October 11: Daily from 8:45 am – 5:30 pm (4:45 pm for cyclists)
Activity availability is subject to change and may be weather-dependent.
*The Summit is wheelchair accessible only when the elevator is in operation. Please check the Daily Conditions Report to view the elevator status.
Tickets may be purchased in person day-of at the Whiteface Veterans’ Memorial Highway Toll House.
|Vehicle & Driver*||7+||$20
Military Rate - see below**
|Vehicle, Driver & 1 Passenger||7+||$40|
|6 & Under Passengers||6 & Under||FREE|
Military Rate - $10
|Cyclist Season Pass||10+||$60
Military Rate - $55
|Hiker / Pedestrian||7+||$10|
|*Motorcycles are classified as vehicles.
**The military rates are as follows: Vehicle & Driver - $15 | Vehicle, Driver & 1 Passenger - $30 | Vehicle, Driver & 2 Passengers - $35 | Vehicle, Driver & 3 Passengers - $50 | Vehicle, Driver & 4 Passengers - $55 | Vehicle, Driver & 5 Passengers - $60
Before You Arrive
Face Covering Requirements
Be sure to visit our Health & Safety Information page via the link below in advance of your visit for face covering requirements.
The Nature Trail to the Summit can be steep and slippery in spots, so we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes. Leashed dogs are welcome on the Nature Trail to the Summit but are not allowed in the tunnel, elevator, roundhouse, or castle.