Glens Falls

Glens Falls, New York

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A mighty legend now powers a great state. If you’re a fan of James Fenimore Cooper’s most successful novel, The Last of the Mohicans, then you know all about Glens Falls. In fact, perhaps you’ve already visited Cooper’s Cave, the author’s inspiration for the “dark and silent caves” in which Hawkeye and his Mohican Indian traveling companions found shelter for the book’s two heroines and their guide. Cooper describes this cave as being hidden behind the falls, and when he saw it for the first time in 1825, Glens Falls probably did mask its place—but today, a dam harnesses this falls and sends water through a millpond into turbines to generate electricity for Finch Paper LLC.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

A mighty legend now powers a great state. If you’re a fan of James Fenimore Cooper’s most successful novel, The Last of the
Mohicans, then you know all about Glens Falls. In fact, perhaps you’ve already visited Cooper’s Cave, the author’s inspiration for the “dark and silent caves” in which Hawkeye and his Mohican Indian traveling companions found shelter for the book’s two heroines and their guide.

Cooper describes this cave as being hidden behind the falls, and when he saw it for the first time in 1825, Glens Falls probably did mask its place—but today, a dam harnesses this falls and sends water through a millpond into turbines to generate electricity for Finch Paper LLC.

© 2014 Randi Minetor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glens Falls
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: City of Glens Falls, 42 Ridge St., City Hall, Glens Falls 12801; (518) 761-3864; visit.cityofglensfalls.com or Village of South Glens Falls, 46 Saratoga Ave.,12803; (518) 793-1455; visitinfo@sgfny.com
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 53
Driving Directions: Directions to Glens Falls

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