Best waterfall trails in Lake George Wild Forest, New York

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Explore the most popular waterfall trails in Lake George Wild Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Shelving Rock Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.0 mi • Est. 1 h 42 m
#2 - Tongue Mountain Range and Northwest Bay Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 7 h 57 m
A great loop hike that brings you along the shore of Lake George then over 3 small peaks on the Tongue Mountain Range. You will park at the southern trailhead for the Tongue Range, Clay Meadows next to a quarry. From there you will follow a nice trail around the shore of the lake to Montcalm Point where you'll have great views of the Narrrows. Then you'll gradually ascend the southern end of the Tongue Range over 3 nice peaks with great views over the lake below.Show more
#3 - Shelving Rock Falls and Shelving Rock Mountain Trail
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
This is a moderate hiking trail on the eastern side of Lake George, about 15 miles from Lake George. The beginning portion of this hike can be difficult. There are a lot of rocks to scramble over in this section. After returning back to the parking lot, continue along the road to find the trailhead for the Shelving Rock Summit. Overall, it is a very gentle climb to the top. Make sure that you continue further from the summit to see the gorgeous lake view. An even better view awaits you if you go down toward the right and reach the western ledge (descend about 150' below the summit by walking about 100 yards). This is the best viewing spot. Please note that the last road access on the Hog Town Road and the Shelving Rock Road is unpaved and slightly bumpy. Depending upon the car you drive, you will need to be careful. Show more
#4 - Shelving Rock and Black Mountain Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 14.2 mi • Est. 7 h 51 m
#5 - Elephant Loop
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
#6 - Uncas Waterfall via Terzian Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Lake George Wild Forest
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Family Retreat Center program badges are required to complete this route. The trailhead starts off in Lake George Wild Forest and traverses onto private property. For more information please visit: https://silverbay.org/ Show more