Route 28, New York (Guide to this Scenic Road)

A scenic road through the wild and remote central Adirondacks.

raquette lake Route 28 is a long, loopy road that winds its way from the Catskills in southern New York to the Adirondacks in the central part of the state. And perhaps nowhere is this scenic road more beautiful than in Adirondack State Park, the biggest state park in the United States. The part of Route 28 from Forestport to Blue Mountain Lake is an unforgettable drive, meandering past pristine lakes, deep woods, and rustic little towns.

big moose Much of this part of Route 28 is on a high plateau, making towns such as Thendara, Old Forge, Eagle Bay, Inlet, and Raquette Lake prime destinations for those who love cool, clean air. And just off Route 28 are more remote outback towns such as Big Moose and Stillwater. If you are looking for a scenic drive through an area with a timeless beauty, head up to Route 28 and find out why so many people love this road.

Map of Route 28 in New York: Click here to find the location of Route 28 in the central Adirondacks.


  • Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake–A huge, open-air museum that sits above beautiful Blue Mountain Lake the Adirondack Museum is the place to go to learn about the history of this wonderful part of New York.
  • Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Thendara–Spending an afternoon riding the rails through the Adirondacks is an unforgettable experience, as those who have taken this historic ride from Thendara to Otter Lake can attest.
  • Big Moose Inn, Big Moose–Located a few miles north of Eagle Bay, the Big Moose Inn is the perfect place to experience the charms of an old Adirondack lodge on a cozy, wooded lake.
  • Buffalo Head Restaurant, Forestport–Some of the best steaks in the Adirondacks are served at this old family restaurant just off of Route 28.
  • Fulton Chain of Lakes, Old Forge and Inlet–If you love canoeing, kayaking, or any kind of boating for that matter, check out the series of interconnected lakes between Old Forge and Inlet.

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