Shelving Rock Falls – A Short Hike with Lots of Water

As Summer arrived, I took a trip up to the Adirondacks to relax, get some hiking in, and see family. One of our shorter hikes was to Shelving Rock Falls. The trail is on the eastern side of Lake George and is a very long drive that takes you into the middle of nowhere. We found the parking lot and started from there. The beginning of the trail – an old carriage road – had what looked like run off damage from the rains and a lot of rocks covered the path. It didn’t last for too long (probably 100 feet) until the path smoothed out. There was other rain damage later, but nothing to this degree.

There is a way down to see the falls that is steeper. I opted to go down for a good look, then followed a smaller path along and above the river. There were some downed trees which made it a bit difficult, but not too much so. The falls themselves are about 75 feet tall and are quite sheltered by the trees. However, if you hit it at midday, the sun floods the area with light. Following the falls and river will quickly get you to the Log Bay area of Lake George. There were more trails to check out but, due to the rains, they were flooded. So we went to the lake and turned back around.

The land was once owned by a man named George Knapp who built his estate up by the falls. It was destroyed in a fire in 1917. There is a ruin of the gardens along the path by the falls.

The path starts here.

The path starts here.

The calm before the falls.

The calm before the falls.

Reflection in the still water.

Reflection in the still water.

The top of the falls have a large pipe in them.

The top of the falls have a large pipe in them.

Half of the falls.

Half of the falls.

The other half.

The other half.

The whole falls.

The whole falls.

This rock looks like a turtle head.

This rock looks like a turtle head.

The pool at the basin.

The pool at the basin.

I'm standing on some rocks out in the middle of the river before another drop off.

I’m standing on some rocks out in the middle of the river before another drop off.

The drop off behind me.

The drop off behind me.

Lots of felled trees (the path I just walked is on the right side of the water).

Lots of felled trees (the path I just walked is on the right side of the water).

This tree pulled up some rocks.

This tree pulled up some rocks.

Run off from the rain across the path.

Run off from the rain across the path.

Hello Lake George.

Hello Lake George.

An island out in the lake.

An island out in the lake.

The carriage path is wide and nicely shaded.

The carriage path is wide and nicely shaded.

The ruins up by the falls (you only see these along the carriage path, not the falls path - we caught them on the way out).

The ruins up by the falls (you only see these along the carriage path, not the falls path – we caught them on the way out).

More of the ruins.

More of the ruins.

The moss has invaded.

The moss has invaded.

Back to this bridge and the parking lot.

Back to this bridge and the parking lot.

Next week: A luxury hike at the Adirondack Interpretive Center.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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