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.

Waterfall Hikes: 1 - 19 of 19

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls is a beautiful waterfall located where the Raquette River spills down towards Long Lake. This hike is only 0.1 miles, making it a great spot for the entire family no matter age, physical ability level or experience.
Long Lake

Death Falls (a.k.a. Secret Falls)

The short hike into Death Falls (a.k.a Secret Falls) is an excellent destination hike for families and bird watchers alike.
Raquette Lake

OK Slip Falls

OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondack Park. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened making this hidden gem accessible to the public. The spectacular waterfall has become an extremely popular hiking destination.
Indian Lake