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