Explore Hiking in Lake George
Millions of people come to the Adirondack Mountains every year to explore the great outdoors. Check out some easy hikes for Lake George visitors and remember to make your reservations for Lake George Escape Campground this spring!
Shelving Rock Falls
Shelving Rock Falls is a waterfall hike that has plenty to discover along the way including natural wildlife and geocaches! Discover a beaver dam or take a dip in the lake at the bottom of the hike! Individuals with vertigo or acrophobia may want to take caution on this hike – there are several spots that are narrow, steep, and curvy. Rocks may also be slippery so be aware! You can drive 45 minutes to the trailhead, or take a boat from Log Bay across Lake George.
Shelving Rock Summit
There is also Shelving Rock Summit and the trailhead for this hike is past the one for Shelving Rock Falls. Be on the lookout for the proper signs! The hike to the summit is a moderate one and a half miles to the top. The hiking trail is wide and ideal for hikers of any level. Be aware that once you arrive at the peak, the trail markers end. If you decide to explore your surroundings, be sure to mark where you are so you don’t get lost trying to get back to the bottom of the trail.
Stewart’s Ledge hike is a relatively short hike that only takes about 20 – 30 minutes to complete. This is an ideal hike for beginners and those with young children. Be aware that there is a steep section of this hike, but it is short and shouldn’t deter hikers from doing it. The Stewarts Ledge trail begins at the Buck Mountain Trailhead, which is about 25-30 minutes from Lake George Escape.
The hike up Prospect Mountain is better traversed by car, for most people. The hike up this mountain is not recommended for children or inexperienced hikers because of the trail’s steep grade. However, driving up Veterans Memorial Highway to the top of Prospect Mountain is the way to go (there is a small fee to access this route). The big payoff is the 100-mile view from approximately 2,030 feet in the air of the Adirondack Mountains below. We recommend taking the shuttle bus in the warmer months to the peak for incredible 100-mile views of Lake George and the whole region. There are picnics and bathrooms available at the summit as well. The Prospect Mountain Trail begins on Smith Street in Lake George Village, approximately 10-15 minutes from the Lake George Escape Campground.