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“Long drive, short walk”

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 23 August 2014

Visited on 8/11/2014

Get ready for a 20-25 minute drive through the woods, navigating a one-and-a-half lane dirt road that is littered with pot holes. It could have been worse, as oncoming drivers were super helpful and slowed/pulled over to allow us both to pass without an issue.

Parking can be limited, so be prepared to either wait for something to open up or use your skills to angle into just the right spot.

The walk/hike can be handled by pretty much anyone, as the trail is clean and wide. Though, the first 100 meters is one huge rock bed, but the rocks are stable and can be relied on for secure footing.

Maybe it was the lack of rain/water this Summer, but the flow over the Falls was unimpressive. There were a couple of wading pools at the base of the Falls, but there were already a few folks present when we arrived and the pools looked to be at capacity.

Through the quiet, we heard yelling/cheering/music and smelled food. We decided to walk deeper into the woods, and came across the lower part of Lake George. Pretty cool area for local boaters, etc. to hang out, drink, swim, and throw a ball around. I'll admit that this extra walked salvaged the hike for us, as we were able to break a sweat and felt like we actually got some exercise.

Thank Thomas L
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We were a group of families on vacation and read a lot about the Shelving Rock Falls. We have a few young adults with disabilities so we did not know what to expect. It was great. We had no trouble following the path (a few rocks on the trail in the beginning but easy to manage), We hiked down to the falls, then headed down to the Lake. It was gorgeous, there were boats in the water and everyone was swimming. It was very sandy once you got passed a few rocks on the shoreline (bring water shoes). The bathroom was a dirty outhouse so be prepared. We would go again.

FROM LAND: 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 fMap Of Shelving Rock Trail - Lake George, NYollow 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 (Lots of Signs). Prior to entering the parking lot - Take the left hand turn front of the signs. Follow this road until you reach the bridge. Park either before or after the bridge

3  Thank Lady_Gemini59
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Reviewed 11 August 2014

If you want to take a break from the excitement of Lake George village take the drive to Shelving Rock Falls. The trail is clearly marked and well maintained. It can be rocky in areas but I would not consider it at all strenuous (we did not go further than the falls themselves because we were with small children) . The falls are beautiful and the kids had fun wading in the water and watching the tadpoles. I highly recommend visiting the falls.

1  Thank Jodll
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Reviewed 27 July 2014

this was a nice place to visit and i would recommend family with kids or couples fora afternoon getaway

4  Thank Andrea L
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We went to Shelving Rock Falls after visiting Prospect Mountain. The falls are nice to see and pretty, but they are small. Just be advised the road we took to get there was beyond "dirt road" and you need to drive slow on it. Also, the path you have to hike to get to the falls is rocky, so if you have any disability or are elderly, I would say to skip this one. My sons who are 19 & 25 enjoyed it, but we do like nature hikes.

3  Thank momnan
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