5 Tips for Hiker Parking at the Heart Lake Program Center
1. Get Here Early!
It’s that time of the year again! School is almost out and our hiker parking lots are beginning to fill up quickly. Our lots typically fill up between 7 and 8am, sometimes earlier. This year we will have fewer spots available due to ongoing construction and renovations. Carpooling is highly encouraged. Only Adirondak Loj and Wilderness Campground guests are permitted to park at the Loj and campground parking areas, NO EXCEPTIONS. Due to the volume of traffic we do not allow buses, waiting for a spot to open up or driving in to look for a spot. Our hardworking staff and volunteers are constantly checking the parking lots for available spaces. One way you can help is by parking as closely next to other vehicles as possible to maximize the number of visitors we can fit.
2. Support the Trails
The Adirondack Mountain Club charges $10 per day to park anytime before 1pm. This fee helps us with trail maintenance and backcountry education, so thank you for your support! Are you only planning to go on a short hike like Mt. Jo? We charge a half day parking fee of $5 anytime after 1pm and there is a chance of some parking spots opening up throughout the afternoon.
3. Temporary Parking
If our parking lots are full when you arrive we do allow temporary parking (15 minutes or less) in the snow plow turn around across from the parking booth. We will allow temporary parking for equipment rentals, trail questions, purchases and use of our restrooms. You will then need to move your vehicle to the overflow parking area or an alternative trailhead.
4. Overflow Parking
Due to safety concerns and inaccessibility for emergency vehicles, “No Parking” signs have returned to both sides of Adirondack Loj Rd between the parking booth and Meadows Lane. If you park in these areas you will get a ticket. For all overflow parking, please park on Meadows Lane or on the right side (on your way out of the Heart Lake Program Center) of Adirondack Loj Rd from Meadows Lane out to Rt. 73. This will add about a mile each way to your hike, please plan accordingly. Hiking through Marcy Dam? There is an alternative trail known as the “Marcy Dam Truck Trail” starting near the end of Meadows Lane. Just be sure to stop in to the High Peaks Information Center first to discuss local rules & regulations and to buy or rent any necessary equipment for your adventure.
5. Be Flexible!
Heart Lake is not the only trailhead in the Adirondacks and there are a lot of other great places to hike and explore outside of the High Peaks that might not be as crowded. Feel free to stop into the High Peaks Information Center to discuss alternative hikes and trailheads. You can also give us a call before you visit at 518-523-3441 or refer to our website.
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