Adirondack Waterfalls

Why are we drawn to the majestic cascade of water as it drops and falls? Is it the elemental force, the power to carve the landscape to fit, to find a way across cliffs and mountains, through valleys and deep forests? Or is it simply that the same gravity that pulls water to earth, pulls us to water?

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The best time of year to view waterfalls here in the Adirondacks is late spring into summer. When planning a trip to view waterfalls in the Adirondacks, keep these basic tips in mind:

  • A snowy winter with lots of accumulation in the higher elevations and/or more rain throughout the spring and summer may mean a longer waterfall season
  • Late summer through the fall usually means less water to flow over a precipice
  • Winter in the Adirondacks is best for ... climbing frozen waterfalls
  • Bring a camera to enjoy the views long after you leave (and share them with us at #VisitAdks)
  • Be careful when viewing waterfalls and think safety first

Beaver Meadow Falls
St. Hubert's - Lake Placid Region

Beaver Falls in the Adirondacks
Beaver Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @admfoley111

Hiking to Beaver Meadow Falls: The trailhead is located on Route 73 outside of Keene Valley directly across from the Roaring Brook Falls Trail about three miles outside of Keene Valley. This trail crosses private property, so be sure to follow the dirt trail from the parking area to the sign for Gothics and Beaver Meadow Falls. Roundtrip should take about 5-6 hours. 

Apres-Hike: Check out the hand-crafted coffee and sandwiches at SubAlpine Coffee or fresh home cooking at the famous Noon Mark Diner.

Shelving Rock Falls
Fort Ann - Lake George Region

Shelving Rock Falls in the Adirondacks Lake George
Shelving Rock Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @christopherlupo

Hiking to Shelving Rock Falls: Begin on Buttermilk Falls Road, which changes to Sly Pond Road and then to Shelving Rock Road. Look for the Hogtown trailhead parking lot. From this trailhead, follow the road for 2.5 miles to where it crosses the Shelving Rock Brook via a bridge. Park at the bridge and walk to the falls. 

Apres-Hike: Check out the hand-crafted libations and burgers at Adirondack Pub and Brewery in Lake George.

OK Slip Falls
Indian Lake - Adirondack Experience Region

OK Slip Falls in the Adirondacks
OK Slip Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @hikingadkchick

Hiking to OK Slip Falls: The parking area for the trailhead is located on Route 28, approximately 8 miles east of the Village of Indian Lake. Hike for half a mile on the trail and turn right at the sign for OK Slip Gorge and continue for about 2.5 miles to the falls. 

Apres-Hike: Look over your awesome photos and Instagram traction at the Indian Lake Restaurant and Tavern.

Gleasman Falls
Greig/Lowville area - Adirondacks Tug Hill Region

Gleasmans Falls in the Adirondacks
Gleasmans Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @meghann9009

Hiking to Gleasman Falls: From Lowville, drive east on River Road to Beach Mill Road to the Beach Mill Pond Trail located in the Independence River Wild Forest. Follow the trail for 2.9 miles  to the falls. 

Apres-Hike: Fuel up or replenish at this one-of-a-kind diner off Hwy 26, Lloyd's of Loweville.

Harper Falls
North Branch of the Grasse River (Donnerville) - Adirondack Seaway Region

Harper Falls in the Adirondacks
Harper Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @nleuth27

Hiking to Harper Falls: From the end of Tooley Pond Road, turn onto County Route 27 and turn left onto Donnerville Road. The trailhead is located at a small parking lot half a mile down Donnerville, Road, and the falls are another half-mile further on the trail. 

Apres-Hike: Unwind over a plate of "Mile High Meatloaf" or a bowl of Lobster and Crab Mac and Cheese at The Club in Canton.

St. Regis Falls
Town of Waverly - Saranac Lake Region

St. Regis Falls in the Adirondacks
St. Regis Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @jillian_leigh_taylor

Hiking to St. Regis Falls: This trailhead is located near Paul Smith's College on Route 30. Turn left onto Keese Mill Road, and park at the parking lot about 2.5 miles down the road. The trailhead is located a short distance from the parking lot via a footbridge. 

Apres-Hike: Nothing beats a refreshing homemade soft serve ice cream cone at the world famous road-side Donnelly's Ice Cream.

Woods Falls
Mooers - Adirondack Coast Region

Woods Falls in the Adirondacks
Woods Falls in the Adirondacks | photo: Instagram @josh_forster7

Hiking Woods Falls: Take NY 22 South across the Great Chazy River in Mooers. Turn right onto Gilbert Road, then left onto Woods Falls Road and park at the parking area. Continue to the falls , which are visible from the parking area.

Apres-Hike: Enjoy fresh organic goodies touting local meats, produce with free Wi-Fi in the cafe at Conroy Organics in the Adirondack Coast Region.

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