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Lake George,  NY

11th  Annual Seasonal Event

10/5 km Walk

April 1 - November 30, 2018

AVA Event # 109157

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Start/Finish:  Fort William Henry Resort Hotel & Conference Center, 48 Canada St, Lake George Village, New York

   (518)  668-3081  or  (800) 234-0267   

Time:  Daily Dawn to Dusk.  Please contact the Resort for hours if walking in April or Sept-Nov. as their hours may change.

Trail Rating:  1A  mostly on sidewalks and paved trails with some incline.
This trail follows city streets and through the Lake George Battlefield Park, and along the Lake George shorelline,
 passing Adirondack gift shops, monuments, and historic Fort William Henry, with a panoramic view of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains.

A Award & Credit -    $6.00
Walk for IVV Credit only -  $ 1.00
“B” Awards + IVV Credit -  $ 3.00

"A" AWARD  is an 1 1/4inch oval Enamel Pin of Lake George


DIRECTIONS:  (click here for Driving Directions from your location)

From points South:  Take the Northway (I-87) north to Exit 21.  At the stop sign turn right, then left at the light (Rte 9).
 Continue for approximately 3/4 mile and the entrance to the Start/Finish will be on the right.
From points North:  Take the Northway (I-87) south to Exit 21 and turn left at the stop sign.
 Drive under the Northway and turn left at the light (Rte 9).
Continue for approximately 3/4 mile and the entrance to the Start/Finish will be on the right.
From Vermont:   Take Route 149 west to Rte 9.  Turn right at the intersection and proceed north on Rte 9 into Lake George Village. 
The entrance to the Start/Finish will be on the right.

POC:    Ginger Ireton    (518) 466-7830
Groups of six or more please contact the above.

About the trail:  This walk is designed to provide you with spectacular views of Lake George, “The Queen of American Lakes,” and to educate you about some of its history.  You will walk through an Adirondack campground and then through Lake George Battlefield Park.  This is a site that served as a major hospital during the American Revolution and where you will see commemorative sculptures and some old ruins of the fort.  The walk will take you along the south shore of the Lake & past the steel pier where the Lake George Steamboat Company docks its three ships: the Mohican; Lac du Saint Sacrement; and an authentic paddle-wheeler, the Minne-Ha-Ha.  The route continues through the Village, meanders up to the trailhead of the Prospect Mountain hiking trail and then back to shops, game arcades and eateries.   Upon completing the event, there is still more to see or do:

     Fort William Henry – Experience the history of the French  & Indian War through living history guided tours every hour.  British Redcoats perform live demonstrations of cannon & musket firing.
    Take a 2-hr luncheon cruise aboard the Mohican which leaves the dock at noon  (bring your own lunch or enjoy a full buffet)
     Drive up Prospect Mountain Veterans Memorial Hwy for a panoramic view of Lake George.  See the remains of what was once the world’s largest cable railroad.
     Play “adventure” golf at any one of the many courses in the area
     Lay out a blanket and have a picnic

History in Brief
 Lake George was discovered in 1646 by Father Isaac Jocques, a French Jesuit missionary who christened it Lac du Saint Sacrement.  By 1690 a seventy-year long struggle was underway between England & France for control of this all-important water out to Canada.
 The lake was renamed in 1755 by Maj Gen William Johnson in honor of King George II.  Johnson ordered Fort William Henry to be built to block an anticipated French advance from Canada into the colonies.
 In the summer of 1757 Gen Marquis d’Montcalm mustered an invincible force of 12,500 French & Indians and swept south to confront English sovereignty and the garrison at the fort under the leadership of Lt Col George Monro.  For six days & nights, French artillery mercilessly pounded the log fort.  On the 6th day, Munro surrendered, a flag of truce flew on the Fort, but what remained was then burned by the French.
 What followed was infamously known as the “Massacre at Fort William Henry”  –  As visualized in The Last of the Mohicans, the tribes became restless because they felt deprived of clothing, ammunition, supplies & rum (feeling it was their only reward).  During an attempt to march east to Fort Edward, English and colonial men, women, children savagely fell victim to the tomahawk.

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