Lake George Mystery Spot – Lake George, New York - Atlas Obscura

Lake George Mystery Spot

A mysterious echo seems to defy the laws of acoustics. 


Behind the Lake George Visitor Center there is a circular platform with a painted blue map of the lake and a compass pattern etched in. In the exact center of the circle two metal rails cross each other in the middle of the map, forming a literal “X” that marks the mystery spot. Stand here and you’ll witness a strange natural phenomenon that seems to defy the laws of acoustics. 

If you stand in this exact spot, facing the lake, and start shouting, you’ll hear your own voice echo back to you as if from another dimension. Only you can hear it, and only in this precise spot.

The acoustical phenomenon will make your voice sound tinny to your own ears, while the other visitors around you will wonder why you are standing around shouting or singing opera. Only when they stand in the direct center as well will they too hear the effect.

Theories range as to how the mystery spot works its wonders. Some say your voice is bouncing off the curved semi-circular stone wall; others point to the position of the lake and mountains. The most intriguing explanation is a local Native American legend, which holds an ancient god appeared long ago at this spot and his wisdom still echoes around the lake. Regardless of the reason for this acoustical mystery, the Lake George Mystery Spot remains one of the best kept secrets of Lake George, hidden in plain sight.

Know Before You Go

The Mystery Spot is located on a small pavillion next to the lake behind the Lake George Visitor Center in the middle of Lake George Village, across the street from Fort William Henry. Look for the flagpole to find it. For the best effect, stand directly in the center and face the lake. The bars on the ground actually form an "arrow" to face. Taller people may need to bend down a bit.

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