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 Niagara 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 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 very short walk required to get there. This is also a popular swimming spot, so bring a swimsuit if it's warm.

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.

Leave No Trace

The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.

Learn the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

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...
Limekiln Lake Road
Inlet
13360
  
Enjoy an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. This scenic spot features several drops and many...
Route 8
Wells
12190
  
Take a mellow walk to this attractive wetland!   How to get there From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow...
Route 8
Lake Pleasant
12108
  
These falls are unique and not often visited. Here, you’ll only find the peaceful sound of water rushing the falls. The views...
Route 56
Cranberry Lake
12927
  
This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. It's a...
State Route 30
Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch
Sabael
12864
  
This wonderful hike has it all: beautiful scenery, a spectacular waterfall, and tons of history. A visit to Cascade Falls will take...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
  
  How to get there From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Caroga Lake. Continue for a...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
  
Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. Land surrounding the falls is...
State Route 30 South
Indian Lake
12842
  
There is a small cascading waterfall formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the...
Route 8
Arietta
‎12139
  
Don't be afraid of the name. This short hike is an excellent destination hike for the entire family.   How to get there From Blue...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
  
This area is ripe with hiking opportunities, especially ones that take you along the scenic Sacandaga River! Auger Flats is the...
Route8/30
Wells
12190
  
This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers, and anglers. The cool mist of the...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
  
This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road to a small 4-foot cascade on a medium size stream along the Northville-...
Benson Road
Benson
12134
  
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...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
  
So close the falls can be heard from the parking area. From Route 30, just east of the village of Speculator, these falls -- that's...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
  
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Route 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Route 8
Wells
12190
  
If you want adventure off the main, beaten path, this may be the hike for you! But please be cautious: this narrow and obscure herd...
Twitchell Road
Inlet
13360
  
This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
  
The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream.   How to get there The falls are 10.5...
Powley Road
Arietta
‎12139
  
Just a quick hike to Auger Falls along the Sacandaga River is sure to please any member of the family! Just be cautious on the...
Route 8/30
Speculator
12164
  
This is a rugged hike over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and is recommended in mid-summer when the water levels are low...
West River Road
Wells
12190
  
Also known as Hope Falls, Tenant Creek Falls is a series of falls along a creek.   How to get there Take Old State Road south of...
Hope Falls Road
Wells
12190
  
There are a series of 3 waterfalls along the Groff Creek, all of which take some extra effort to see. The first 2 are more...
768-812 River Rd
Hope
12134
  
Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach...
Wells
12190
  

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