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Cooper's Cave

Glens Falls, NY 12801


Come explore Cooper's Cave on the Hudson River between South Glens Falls and Glens Falls!

Learn how "these dark and silent caves" inspired author James Fenimore Cooper to write one of his most famous and beloved novels, The Last of the Mohicans which was then made into a movie by Michael Mann in 1992. Above the cave is the Cooper's Cave Bridge, which connects the Village of South Glens Falls and the City of Glens Falls.

Next to the bridge there is a viewing platform that offers information about James Fenimore Cooper and the Mohican tribe. When you visit the cave you can experience the protection that the Mohicans felt when they were hiding for their attempted escape.

The cave is part of New York State's historic Independence Trail and is open from Memorial Day to October 31st every year from 9am-8pm. Admission is free but to arrange a group tour you must call in advance at (518) 761-3864

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3 reviews from our community

At one entrance to this it says no motor vehicles beyond a certain point,so I parked in a lot and WALKED to the so-called "Cooper's Cave' area. I had a very painful knee injury and it turns out I could have driven most of the way! Really regretted going. While I find the Hydroelectric plant and the paper factory as interesting as the cave, the whole thing was just a very dirty industrial experience. The "opened May-Oct" sign also needs to be on display in more places as I didn't see it until I was done!

This attraction was extremely disappointing for someone who drove even 20 minutes out of their way to see. There is absolutely 0 indication it is a historical site as you are behind a massive hydroelectric power plant with a forward view of a factory. You can only glimps the slab of rock that you are standing on, but would have no idea it was/is a cave. There are no interior glimpses and the only site you have is the plant, and factory. The plant obstructs the natural waterfalls so you can’t view any of the natural beauty of the sight. Would not recommend for anyone to visit it is only a major disappointment.

It was mediocre at best. I called ahead to make sure I parked in a proper location and to gain more insight. The woman on the phone told me you weren't allowed IN the cave but merely on the platform and the bridge. Because the platform is above the cave it was very difficult to arch and look in between the iron fence to get a glimpse.

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