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Ultimate Adirondack Waterfall Roadtrip

By John Haywood

Everyone loves waterfalls! Those wonderful natural wonders make the perfect backdrop for a picnic, centerpiece to a photo, or cool spot to beat the heat on Summer day. The best part about waterfalls, though, is the diversity. There are so many shapes and sizes as well as easy hikes, demanding hikes, roadside falls… you name it. There is a waterfall for everyone!Split Rock Falls

While the Adirondacks are known mostly for the mountains, there are hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of waterfalls all throughout the over six-million acre area. Some areas have clusters of magnificent cascades all within miles of one another while others require a lengthy hike to reach just one.

Here, we will take you on a journey to some of the more well-known waterfalls with a few lesser-known added in as well. Keep in mind, you can begin anywhere, but we chose to start and end at two of the greats; Ausable Chasm and Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park.

The best part about waterfalls, though, is the diversity. There are so many shapes and sizes as well as easy hikes, demanding hikes, roadside falls… you name it. There is a waterfall for everyone!

Beer Walls FallsWe recommend Russell Dunn’s Adirondack Waterfall Guide and Keene Valley Region Waterfall Guide, and digthefalls.com to help you navigate. With the Dig The Falls website, navigation is made easy as each listed waterfall location will give you other waterfalls in closest proximity to your location or the location you have searched. It will act as a sort of self-guided tour! Each location also contains a “DTF to PDF” link that enables you to print the page. This, coupled with the guide books, will ensure a successful waterfall outing! Please plan according to your ability. Some of these locations require a much more difficult hike than others and may take a full day to complete.

To make this article easier to navigate, we have listed each location and linked it back to its page rather than having a thousand-page article full of photos that could take years to load! YOU HAVE TO CLICK EACH NUMBERED LOCATION IN ORDER TO GET TO THE PAGE WITH THE DIRECTIONS. Maps are included as well as GPS.

Please keep safety in mind and please always respect private property. Outdoor activity in itself can be inherently dangerous, please use the utmost caution when outdoors and always prepare for all seasons when in the Adirondacks. Don’t forget to pack a headlamp!

 

  1. Ausable Chasm
  2. Alice Falls
  3. Indian Falls
  4. Anderson Falls
  5. Falls at Wadhams
  6. Split Rock Falls
  7. Blue Ridge Falls
  8. Falls on the North Fork of the Boquet (Chasm Cascade)
  9. Fern Gully
  10. Twin Falls
  11. Rock Garden Falls
  12. Roaring Brook Falls
  13. Gill Brook Flume
  14. Beaver Meadow Falls
  15. Artists Falls
  16. Rainbow Falls
  17. Falls on Wedge Brook
  18. Mossy Cascade
  19. Interim Stop in Keene Valley – Noonmark Diner!
  20. Cascade Lake Falls
  21. Falls at Jay
  22. Wilmington Flume
  23. Stag Brook Falls
  24. Wilmington Notch Falls
  25. Monument Falls
  26. Rocky Falls
  27. Interim Stop in Lake Placid¬† – Emma’s Lake Placid Creamery!
  28. Bog River Falls
  29. Interim Stops in Long Lake- ADK Trading Post and Hoss’s Country Corner!
  30. Buttermilk Falls
  31. Death Brook Falls
  32. OK Slip Falls
  33. Falls Brook
  34. Austin Falls
  35. Auger Falls
  36. Griffin Falls
  37. Falls on East Jimmy Creek
  38. Tenant Creek Falls
  39. Beecher Creek Falls
  40. Mill Park Falls
  41. Shelving Rock Falls
  42. Northwest Bay Brook Falls
  43. Millbrook Falls
  44. Falls of Carillon
  45. Natural Stone Bridge and Caves Park
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