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Cooper's Cave

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In 1825, after returning from a journey from the Adirondacks, James Fenimore Cooper was inspired to write his most famous novel "Last of the Mohicans." Passing Lake George the travelers were impressed with the caves behind the falls, and according to Susan Fenimore Cooper, the author's eldest daughter, Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, suggested it was an ideal scene for a romance. The cave from the novel was given Cooper's name, and today is viewable from an overlook park in South Glens Falls along the Feeder Canal Trail.