Trailhead Parking

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 hiker parking lots often fill by 7 or 8 a.m. on summer days and weekends in the fall (earlier on holidays).

Parking at Heart Lake

The daily parking fee at the hikers’ lot at the Heart Lake Program Center (adjacent to HPIC) is $7 for members and $15 for nonmembers. After 1 p.m., the rate drops to $3.00 for members and $6 for nonmembers. The weekly rate (5-7 days) is $28 for members and $60 for nonmembers (extended parking only, not for multiple reentries). Canadian money is accepted at the current exchange rate.  

ADK Members are eligible to purchase a $50 season parking pass good until December 31, 2020. This pass is $30 if purchased after July 1, 2020 and only $20 if purchased after October 1, 2020.

Your parking fee helps the Adirondack Mountain Club in the following areas:

-Public service facilities and trailhead information
-Backcountry stewardship programs
-Improving and maintaining trails in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks
-Educational programs on backcountry use, outdoor recreation, and natural history
-Conservation of park resources

From May through October a parking attendant is present 6:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. In the off-season, the parking booth is staffed 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday. To ensure visitor safety please only drive on the right side of the parking booth and come to a full stop even if there is no attendant. If the parking booth is closed, please pay using the self-service box on the side of the parking booth or pay inside the High Peaks Information Center during business hours.

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.

ADK offers two EV chargers as a complimentary service to all of the guests and visitors of the Heart Lake Program Center. To ensure this service is available to all EV drivers, ADK requests that you relocate your vehicle to another parking spot as soon as possible after you are finished using the charger. For assistance, please see an attendant inside the High Peaks Information Center. Thank you for supporting ADK!

Parking at the Garden

The Garden Parking Lot at the Garden Trailhead – one of the main access points to the eastern High Peak Wilderness – is currently open. For information on hikes in the Keene area, updates and details on parking and shuttle service, please visit the Town of Keene website.

Driving directions to Heart Lake and the Garden parking lots