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“A nice hike”

Ranked #7 of 51 things to do in Lake George
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Owner description: A serene and beautiful waterfall located along an unmarked hiking trail in the Lake George system.
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This was a nice hike but I was totally disappointed in the viewing areas for the falls. We really had to venture off the path in order to take decent pictures. Very unsafe.

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Reviewed 14 July 2014

i liked that we could take the kids not that long of a hike to the falls.we also walked the trail down to the lake which was great the kids got to go in the lake you can walk out a ways and its only mid-waist deep lots of people out there on their boats just hanging around

2  Thank cjmjsg
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Had a great hike, make sure you wear good boots, bring water, if i recall we hiked a few hours so if you are not in halfway decent shape, be prepared!

2  Thank Invasor
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

First thanks to another reviewer who gave good directions to these falls. That was the big challenge my husband and I faced - where is this trail? We got good directions from the staff at our motel. We decided to hike to Shelving Rock Falls based on reading the description in the Adirondack Great Walks and Day Hikes guide book put out by the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council. These are available all over Lake George Village, where establishments have all the other activity brochures. Unfortunately the maps provided in the guide falls short.

Indeed, to get to the Lakeshore Trail where Shelving Rock falls are, take route 149 to Buttermilk Falls Road. This same road leads to Sleeping Beauty Mountain trail and Buck Mountain trail. Buttermilk Falls Road is nicely paved and sparsely populated. After several miles it becomes a hard packed dirt road, there are fewer and fewer residences, more trees (and we saw very little wildlife, maybe a chipmunk or two, seriously). The road narrows, goes up and down, has divots, but keep going. Even though nothing tells you where to go, keep going. You pass a boy scout camp, keep going. You have to hug the edge of the road to let the car coming at you pass by, keep going. This is literally a dusty dirt road, in the woods. I'm not sure I'd travel here in the rain, and definitely not with a sports car of any kind.

Finally you come to a sign at the entrance of a parking lot. You feel some relief, but as you read the sign you see Shelving Rock is 2.5 miles further down the road to the left. Sleeping Beauty Mountain is straight ahead, through the parking lot, down an even narrower road. Buck Mountain is to the left.

Traveling another 2.5 miles along this narrow, winding, up and down dirt road, finally there is a little sign to the left that says Shelving Rock, .4 miles. The sign doesn't tell you that this is the trail head. Driving just a bit further is a parking area on the left, signs tell folks not to park along the road. After all that driving, you may be ready for a rest room. There is an outhouse near the parking lot. While littered with trash and spider webs, it was not that bad - better than a pot-a-potty. Bring your own tissue and hand sanitizer.

The hike is not difficult, but there is an area of about 50 feet that is all large rocks. The rest of the trail is decent, the usual tree roots, some areas are steep, a side trail to the lower falls area is quite steep.

The falls are beautiful, cascading down quite a ways down the rocky bed. You can walk right out on the large boulders to the edge of the flowing water. A bit further down the main trail is a side trail that goes to the bottom of the falls. Such amazing sights in the middle of the woods.

The main trail leads down to Lake George. The cove area must be party boat central. On this warm, sunny day, dozens of boats were anchored in the cove, blasting their music, swimming, relaxing in the sun. Some hikers even took a dip in the lake. There is no beach but climbing down a few rocks gets you to the water. The cove seems shallow.

The hike back up was not too bad. It was an enjoyable hike, and well worth the long drive on the dirt road.

12  Thank B_in_Penfield
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Reviewed 19 June 2014

Really nice falls, nice hike in the fresh air, beautiful scenary, and the falls will not disappoint. Wish we had brought our bathing suits as there are ample places to take a dip in the crystal clear water (if you can stand the cold). Can't beat the admission price!

For those wondering how to get there, copying and paraphrasing on the instructions from lakegeorge.com, and adding a bit more detail:

Take exit 20 from I-87 the Adirondack Northway, Go east off the ramp to Rt. 9, go past the outlet malls and turn right on 149 follow 149 east past Rt 9L until you find Buttermilk Falls Road on your left (approx 5.7 miles), you will see the Black Rooster on your left at this intersection.

The name of the road changes from Buttermilk Falls to Sly Pond Road to Shelving Rock Road. Follow the road about 11 miles until you end up at the Hog Town Parking Lot (road pretty much ends at the entrance to this lot). Don't pull into the lot, but just before it take a left hand turn front of the signs.

Follow this road (Shelving Rock, I believe) 2.5 miles (dirt road) and you'll see a bridge in front of you, park on the left before the bridge, or drive a bit up past the bridge and park where it is allowed. Just off to the side of this mall bridge there is a nice sign that helpfully points you in the direction of the trail to the falls, it's only 0.4 miles to the falls.

If you find the falls, you can keep going down the trail (hug near the water) and you will find a nice alcove where the stream feeds Lake George. Very nice area to relax and take in the scenary.

19  Thank hamdenal
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