Shelving Rock Falls Hike on Lake George

Shelving Rock Falls -- An Easy Hike For Families On Lake George

Go By Boat Or Car!

View from top of Shelving Rock Hike - Lake George, NY

Shelving Rock Falls is a 50-foot cascade that lies to the east side of Lake George. It is an easy hike with a wide, unmarked dirt trail that leads straight to the cascade’s top. This makes it a GREAT hike for families with little ones. There is a lot to look at. The stream, falls, geocaches and then Log Bay in Lake George all add to the excitement and fun. The views are spectacular, not a “top of the mountain view” but a great view of Lake George none-the-less. If you bring swim suits, along with water shoes or sneakers, you can cool off in the refreshing waters. If you follow the waters downstream, you will eventually reach the lake.

Trail starts out very rocky and then opens up to a five foot wide well trodden path, follows along the stream that leads to a beautiful waterfall, follow the path until you see the lake.  We then took the path to the right and followed it to the rocks that jet out in Log Bay.  We found 3 geocaches on the way – which added about 10 minutes per cache and added tons of excitement for our young treasure hunters.

Direction To the Shelving Rock Falls Trail

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. There are nine designated parking areas in the Shelving Rock Area, and parking is not allowed on the sides of Shelving Rock Road.

BY BOAT: On Lake George - go to Log Bay (any marina can give you directions). From these rocks on the northern end of the bay (find the picnic table) follow the path south. Go over the wooden bridge with this view (you are crossing the stream), continue on the path until you see your first "left" the trail either continues along the lake or goes up along the stream. You will be following the path that leads to the falls on the "right hand side of the falls". In about 15 minutes you will have found beautiful Shelving Rock Falls.

Follow Us On The Shelving Rock Falls Hike

Image 1 The view as you drive to Shelving Rock Falls Hike.

Image 2 The Bridge. Stop here to find trail.

Image 3 Our gang starting out on the hike.

Image 4 Its a little rocky at the start of the trail.Watch your step!

Image 5 The paths are wide open after the initial rough terrain.

Image 6 Hikers follow along the stream that everntually turns into the falls.

Image 7 The kids pose in front of the waterfalls.

Image 8 View from the top of the Shelving Rock Falls.

Image 9 We find the first Geocache at Shelving Rock!

Image 10 Score! We are so excited!

Image 11 We reach the bottom of the moutain and enjoy the views of Lake George!

Image 12 We pass over the bridge as the falls finally reach the Lake George.

Image 13 It's a peaceful view looking toward Log Bay.

Image 14 We reach Log Bay, where it's always a party and we hikers join in!

Image 15 View of Log Bay, Lake George, NY. It's a great place to hang out on the lake. Arrive by land or take your boat!

Image 16 Bridge from Log Bay and back up the trail we go!


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