What is it about waterfalls that draw us in? Is it the sight of thousands of gallons of water cascading over a cliff, the gentle mist that cools us down on warm days, maybe the sound of the water crashing against the earth below? Whatever it is that gets you, amplify it and you’ve got the waterfall experience here in the Adirondack Park, a region rich with hundreds of waterfalls beckoning.
Route 73 in St. Huberts
Coming in at 325 feet, this is one of the tallest and most scenic waterfalls in all of the Adirondacks Park. It flows off the west shoulder of the 12th highest peak in NY but don't worry, the hike in to the base of it is a quick half mile. When you're driving along Route 73, you may just catch a glimpse of the water cascading down the cliff face.
North Point Rd. in Long Lake
There's a reason this waterfall is extremely popular. Less than a five minute trek to the top, with multiple cascades to capture those silky long exposure shots, the falls double as a great swimming hole. Grab your camera and tripod, your swimsuits, and most important, your friends and family for a day of waterfall fun.
Closed off to the public until a few years ago, you better believe this is a must visit waterfall for many. It's one of the tallest in the park too, at 200 ft. A moderate 6.4 mile round-trip hike, there are two overlooks of the falls and both offer breathtaking views. Early morning hikes reward viewers with the ability to see the sun's rays hit the falls, illuminating them in a golden shade. Bucket list item anyone?
Route 28 in Raquette Lake
Don't let the name scare you away, it's also known as "Secret Falls" to many. The beautiful rock formation is enhanced by the cascading water of the falls. Pack up some lunch, take the short .3 mile hike down, and claim your spot. The hardest part of your day is going to be leaving.
Mudcreek Road in Hope
You know what's better than one waterfall? No, not two waterfalls. Three! Hike .9 miles through a beautiful lush forest till you find the waterfall that speaks to you most. This area is perfect for photography, and quiet spots for reading a couple of chapters of that new book abound. Sit along the banks, at the top of the falls, or in-between the cascading water on smooth rock, and let the day get away from you.
Jerdon Road in Chateauguay
Have you ever seen the waterfall paintings with multi-tiered sections, pine trees lining the side, and a calm pool at the bottom? This could very well be that painting. Close your eyes and picture this: a multi-tiered rock formation featuring a large drop, followed by a pool, followed by a smaller drop, another pool, and then another small drop. Now jump in the car and come experience it for yourself. You'll want to bring a few things like a camera, a book, some food, a bathing suit, oh and your friends and family!