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Shelving Rock Falls

Geologic Feature
Shelving Rock Falls – Dan Ladd

Shelving Rock Falls is a beautiful 50 foot waterfall located on the eastern shore of Lake George.

Dogs are allowed on mainland but are not allowed on islands. Please pick up after your dog. Please respect the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and do not litter.

There is an outhouse near the lake. It does not have running water.

Don't Miss This When Visiting

Log Bay. If you access the falls by the mainland, walk down to the lake and take a swim. Log Bay has a shallow, sandy bottom that makes it ideal for swimming or just wading around.

Recreational Opportunities

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 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 (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.

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.


Seasons And Hours Accessible

Any season, but summer is best. No particular hours, but with only natural light available and being in the wild, best to go during the day.