Glens Falls, New York: Cooper's Cave: Last of the Mohicans

An overlook under a bridge, surrounded by a chain link fence, let's you glimpse the entrance to the cave that supposedly inspired the story of the "Last of the Mohicans."

Address:
Cooper's Cave Drive, Glens Falls, NY
Directions:
From downtown, drive south on US Hwy 9/Glen St. Cross the bridge, then make an immediate right at the stoplight. You'll see little signs pointing you to the Cave parking lot.
Hours:
May-Oct. 9-8 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
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Coopers Cave - Last of the Mohicans

A small overlook under a bridge in an industrial area is where you can see the cave that supposedly inspired James Fennimore Cooper to write the Last of the Mohicans. Everything is fenced off (my photo was taken by putting the camera through a chain link) and we would have thought it was a joke except that we saw a brochure that it is part of the "New York Independence Trail."

[cathy kant, 07/31/2013]

The cave was a 19th century roadside attraction, and was open to tourists until 1962. In 2000 there was talk of reopening the cave for public tours, but that plan has apparently gone the way of the Mohicans.

Two Caves Get Money, Makeovers

Flush with bull market tax revenue, the State of New York has decided to throw $300,000 down a hole: the Glenn Falls cave made famous by James Fenimore Cooper's novel, The Last of the Mohicans.

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[05/14/2000] Complete News Story


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