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Shelving Rock Falls

Shelving Rock Falls

Shelving Rock Falls, a 75-foot cascade, is located along Shelving Rock Brook in the Lake George Wild Forest of the Adirondacks in New York.

George Knapp, founder and president of the Union Carbide Company, constructed his vacation residence in the shadow of Shelving Rock Falls in 1902. Like many other industry barons, such as the Astor, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt families, Knapp had a passion for preserving large tracts of land for ecological and recreational purposes. The mansion burned down in 1917 and in the 1940s, the state acquired more than 20,000 acres of the former estate to form what became the Lake George Wild Forest in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Shelving Rock Falls is one of the more popular natural attractions in the region because of proximity to Lake George and the network of trails up to Shelving Rock Mountain. A short .3 mile trail along the south bank of Shelving Rock Brook connects Shelving Rock Road and the top of Shelving Rock Falls where the remains of a power house and dam exist.

Trail Map
DEC Region 5 Warrensburg Office (Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:45 PM): (518) 623-1200
Backcountry Emergencies: (518) 891-0235 / 911
Police: (518) 408-5850

From US Route 9 between Glens Falls and Lake George, follow NY Route 149 east for 6 miles. Turn left onto Buttermilk Falls Road and follow for 3 miles. Continue north onto Sly Pond Road, which becomes Shelving Rock Road, for 8.7 miles.

Shelving Rock Road may be closed in the winter.


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