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Shelving Rock Area of the Lake George Wild Forest

Price & Hours

Sunrise to sunset


Natural Wonders, Free, Hiking, Recreation Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Situated on the eastern side of Lake George, Shelving Rock Falls is a 50-foot cascade that runs over rock formations of varying sizes. The hike to get to the falls is moderate and should be manageable for novice hikers: It's a wide dirt trail (unmarked) that weaves through the forest, along the lake and to the falls. There are bits of the trail that are rocky, so you'll want to make sure you have sturdy shoes for the trek. What's more, there's plenty of scenic beauty to soak up along the way: you'll see streams, rocky landscapes, trees, flora, lake views and more. Younger adventurers can also enjoy the various geocaches throughout the hike. If you bring or wear your bathing suit, you can splash in the stream or swim in Log Bay. If you're looking for a longer hike, consider traversing the Shelving Rock Summit hike, which is about a 3 1/2-mile round-trip hike to the summit of the mountain and back.

Many recent hikers enjoyed the short trek to see the falls and the lovely mountain and lake scenery. Several recommended doing the hike to the falls and to the summit to make the most of your time here since it's a bit of a drive from central Lake George. Some warn though that parts of the trail are steep and the rocks can be slippery if you're climbing over them, so you may want to bring closed-toe water shoes as well.

You will need a car to get to Shelving Rock Falls: It's about 23 miles northeast of town. There are nine parking areas on-site; parking is free. You can also reach the hiking trails by boat by pulling in to Log Bay. The trails are free to access 24/7 (recommended use is between sunup and sundown) and there are no on-site amenities. Keep in mind, these trails are popular and can be crowded. Check out LakeGeorge.com for more information and specific tips for navigating the trails.

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The crown jewel of the town of Lake George is the lake itself. Lake George is a narrow, oval lake that stretches 32 miles in length, features 176 miles of shoreline and encompasses more than 170 islands. In addition to the village of Lake George on the southern banks, the lake has several other towns and communities that line its perimeter, including Bolton Landing to the west, Ticonderoga to the north and Huletts Landing to the east. One of the best ways to see Lake George in all its splendor is during sunrise or sunset. Top spots to check out the sunrise include the summit of Prospect Mountain in Lake George and Rogers Park in Bolton Landing. You can catch the best sunset views at Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Top of the World Golf Resort and some of the eateries in Lake George, such as Boardwalk Restaurant & Marina and Christie's on the Lake.

Another excellent way to take in the lake and its scenery is on the water: Consider booking a steamboat cruise, hitting the beach to sunbathe and swim or renting a kayak. In addition to enjoying the lake, previous visitors loved walking around the town, saying there are several quaint shops and restaurants to explore. Travelers are consistently impressed with how clean and well-maintained the area and its surroundings are.

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