Overview

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 wildland 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!

Before You Arrive

 The Veterans’ Memorial Highway is closed for the 2020 Summer/Fall season. Please stay tuned for Summer 2021 rates and dates.

Please note that there is a 70 car max capacity and we will have limited services at the Veterans’ Memorial Highway. The following will not be available: hiking on the Nature Trail to the summit & elevator access. Restrooms, retail, food and beverage are now available. We do ask that all guests have face coverings and plan ahead for the limited services at the top.

Schedule

ActivityOpenCloseDaysClosing Day
Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway8:45 am5:30 pmFriday 16th-Sunday 18th Sunday, October 18, 2020
4610′ Grill8:45 am5:30 pmFriday 16th-Sunday 18th Sunday, October 18, 2020
Castle Gift Shop8:45 am5:30 pmFriday 16th-Sunday 18th Sunday, October 18, 2020

Tickets

TICKET TYPEAGE GROUPAddPRICE
Vehicle & DriverAll Ages$15
Add 1 PassengerAges 7+++$15
Add 2-5 PassengersAges 7+++$25
Add 6 PassengersAges 7+++$40
Motorcycle + DriverAll Ages$15
Add Motorcycle PassengerAges 7+++$15
BicyclistAges 10+$15
Hiker / PedestrianAges 7+$15
6 & Under PassengersAges 6 & UnderFREE

Food & Retail

Food & retail services are now available when you arrive at the top of the Veterans’ Memorial Highway.

4610′ GRILL

Open Daily  |  8:45 am – 5:30 pm

The highest Food Truck in New York, 4610′ Grill offers all your favorites in the spectacular scenery, situated at the amazing elevation of 4,610 feet, savor the gourmet rustic cuisine our talented chefs have prepared for you. While you’re there grab, souvenirs and gifts from the Olympic Sites that will provide lasting memories of your Adirondack vacation. Please check out the menu below to view what meal options are available to savor while experiencing awe-inspiring views of the Adirondack High Peaks region.

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J.Lohr Vineyards, Wine Cafe & Wine Bar

Open Daily  |  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

This on-mountain cafe located on the 2nd floor of the Main Base Lodge is dedicated to creating the true farm-to-table dining experience. Local products and produce are incorporated into many of our exciting offerings. After a long day of exploring Whiteface, relax and unwind with an aromatic glass of J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet or Riverstone Chardonnay.

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History

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.