Parking at trailheads in the Forest Preserve is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please obey local parking laws and use good sense when trying to find a place at a crowded trailhead. There is a fee to park at Heart Lake (Adirondak Loj) and the Garden (Johns Brook Lodge trailhead), but there is no fee at other trailheads in the High Peaks. Be aware that parking lots at major trailheads fill quickly in summer. The Heart Lake lot is usually full by 9 or 10 a.m. on summer weekends and earlier on holidays, while the Garden usually reaches capacity late Friday or early Saturday on all weekends from early May through late October.
Parking at Heart Lake
The daily parking fee at the hikers’ lot at the Heart Lake Program Center (adjacent to HPIC) is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. After 1 p.m., the rate drops to $2.50 for members and $5 for nonmembers. The weekly rate (5-7 days) is $20 for member and $40 for nonmembers. Canadian money is accepted at the current exchange rate.
From May through October, a parking attendant is present 8 a.m.-5 p.m. In the off-season the parking booth is staffed Friday afternoons and 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. on weekends. If the parking booth is closed, please pay and get a permit at the self-service box on the side of the booth.
When the lot fills, free overflow parking is available a mile back down the Adirondack Loj Road on Meadows Lane (South Meadows Campground Area) and in the small lot at its end. Limit parking here to one side of the road to allow DEC emergency vehicle access to the Marcy Dam truck trail. (The 2.6-mile dirt road offers an alternative hiking route to the Dam.)
Parking at Heart Lake is free for guests staying at the Adirondak Loj, Wilderness Campground, or at ADK Cabins on property. Click here to learn more about ADK's Heart Lake accommodations.
Parking at the Garden
The Garden parking lot (operated by the town of Keene) costs $7 per day from late April through the end of October (2014 rate). An attendant is on duty 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Town employees and DEC rangers monitor the lot during the week.
When the lot is full, free overflow parking is available at Marcy Airfield 2.5 miles north of Keene Valley. There is a $5 round-trip charge to ride the shuttle the 3.5 miles to the Garden trailhead. The shuttle operates from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from late May to mid-October.
NEW SHUTTLE EXPANSION FOR 2015: Two new satellite stops will be added for the summer season this year - Rooster Comb parking lot and the Ausable Club. Hikers will now be able to tell shuttle drivers where they would like to be dropped off, but the new stops will not be serviced on a regular basis. For pickups at satellite stops, hikers must call the attendant at the Garden parking lot during working hours at (518) 576-4488.