The Best Adirondack Waterfall Hikes to Take

The best Adirondack waterfall hikes

Adirondack waterfall hikes get you out and into the lush, dense forest lands of this magnificent park. Seeing a waterfall here reminds you of the power of water and that this area wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for this natural wonder cutting away at the land. Many people are drawn to their beauty and the sound of the crashing water on rock. An Adirondack waterfall is a refreshing place to cool off in the summer heat and there are thousands of waterfalls to choose from here!

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The best Adirondack waterfall hikes

The Best Adirondack Waterfall Hikes

Many hiking trails in the Adirondacks can be overcrowded especially those in the High Peaks area and places that have stunning views (and there are many). While it’s nice to get up to a spectacular vista, sometimes it’s fun to explore the natural wonders found in the forest, like waterfalls. There are plenty of Adirondack waterfall hikes to choose from as they are spread out over 6 million acres of the park. Looking for a waterfall is a fun adventure that is sure to be the highlight of your time here! Here are some of the best Adirondack waterfall hikes to take this summer!

  1. Shelving Rock Falls is an Adirondack waterfall hike where you can hike up a mountain and down to the falls for a 6.3-mile loop good for all skill levels. Here you can discover a beaver dam along the way and end at the lake for a swim!
  2. The 1.3-mile loop of Auger Falls includes an impressive series of rapids along the Sacandaga River where it rushes through a narrow flume on its way to a gorge. This is not your normal drop waterfall by=ut more of a cascade and no less spectacular!
  3. Buttermilk Falls is a short .5-mile round-trip hike to this beautiful Adirondack waterfall. The wide falls that cascade down a staircase of rock are on the Raquette River near Long Lake total is around 20 feet in height. This is one of the area’s most popular trails so you may see a few more folks enjoying this place. There are picnic tables along the river so you may want to bring along some lunch or a snack and linger awhile.
  4. Austin Falls is a long, waterslide-type Adirondack waterfall that has distinctive rock formations that surround the falls. Within 300 yards the water drops 40 feet. Rocks around the falls have been smoothed by erosion, A large rock at the base of the falls hurls water out and into the air like a natural fountain. This is quite a sight to see!
  5. OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In 2014 this hidden gem was accessible to the public for the first time as a trail was made. Since then this hike has become a very popular destination for many. This Adirondack waterfall hike is incredibly scenic. You’ll move through mixed deciduous-coniferous forests and through a wetland area. Be on the lookout as moose are often seen here.
  6. Death Brook Falls is a short Adirondack waterfall hike with wide, cascading falls. Rainbows are often seen here after heavy rain or in the spring. This is a great place to practice your waterfall photography skills at this picturesque destination.
  7. Bog River Falls is a two-tiered set of falls near Tupper Lake. Here there is a picturesque stone bridge that spans the river. The first set of falls is split in two by a formation of land and are only about 6-8 feet in height. The second set of falls measure about 30- feet and spill out into Tupper Lake.

The best Adirondack waterfall hikes

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