Adirondack Waterfall Hikes

Waterfall Hikes

Hike to secret waterfalls in the woods

Go with the flow

Adirondack beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, and our waterfalls are no exception. As the winter snowpack melts, the ice sculptures unlock to reveal crashing torrents at the height of their beauty. Sure, waterfalls are stunning year-round, but you haven't seen anything until you've seen them at their springtime peak.

In the Adirondacks you'll find a water-lover's buffet of sites to behold. Take the 3-mile hike to OK Slip Falls. At 250 feet, it's taller than Niagra Falls and is one of the biggest in the region. The trail leading to OK Slip is also one of the newest — the state recently acquired the land it's on in and opened it to the public in 2014.

If you don't want to walk that far, check out Buttermilk Falls in Long Lake. It's not the towering plunge of OK Slip, but it is well worth the 10 second walk required to get there. This is also a popular swimming spot, so bring a swimsuit if it's warm.

OK Slip Falls

Take the Waterfall Challenge

The best way to see all of our waterfalls is to knock them out one by one. Start by downloading the Waterfall Challenge guide, which will tell you all about some of the best falls in the area. You'll find easy-to-reach roadside cascades and out-of-the-way backcountry tumblers, each assigned with a points rating. If you visit enough to earn 12 points, send in the form to receive a commemorative Hamilton County waterfall patch as a token of your accomplishment.

 

 

The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
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On this walk you'll find a series of falls flowing along the trail, which is surrounded by a white cedar and hemlock forest. The...
Inlet
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The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the...
Wells
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This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of the...
Long Lake
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OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making...
Indian Lake
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This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15...
Arietta
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Hey, don't be afraid of the name, but intrigued. Unsure how this beautiful piece of artwork got it scary name, it does not portray...
Raquette Lake
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How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just...
Speculator
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How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3.6...
Speculator
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This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road for 1.5 miles (one way) to a small 4 ft cascade on a medium size stream...
Benson
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This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5...
Speculator
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There are a series of three waterfalls along Groff Creek, all of which take some effort to see. The first two are more difficult to...
Hope
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Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, surrounded by beautiful rock formations, and does not require a long hike to reach. The...
Wells
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This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is...
Speculator
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This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls...
Arietta
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Also known as Hope Falls. Along a sharp bend of Tenant Creek there are three falls. First is dramatic 40-50 foot high cascades,...
Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. The falls are on private...
Indian Lake
12842
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Wells
12190
This is a 2.5 mile hike one way over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water...
Wells
12190

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