Twitchell Falls

This narrow and obscure herd path can be a bear to locate, you will need to drive slow and keep a keen eye. The path is not signed or marked but is used fairly often. This path is an easy hike to a large boulder above Twitchell Creek and a quaint little waterfall on the creek itself. This is a very lovely place and nice stroll for an afternoon picnic after a longer hike in the region.

Location

From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Inlet follow Big Moose Road. Continue on Big Moose Road to Twitchell Road. Follow Twitchell Road for just under 2 miles to the path for the falls on the right. The narrow path is very hard to locate, if you reach the Twitchell Lake Boat Launch you have gone too far.

Distance

0.4 mile

This short hike only takes about 20 minutes to complete.

OK Slip Falls

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 this hidden gem accessible to the public. The spectacular waterfall has become an extremely popular hiking destination.

How to Get There

The parking area for OK Slip Falls, in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area, is located 7.5 miles east of the intersection of Routes 30 and 28 in Indian Lake on the south side of Route 28 at the end of a paved road that intersects the highway. There is a wooden sign for the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area at the parking lot. If you are traveling from the east, the parking area is located 4.4 miles west after crossing the second railroad bed in North River along Route 28 as the highway leads up and away from the Hudson River. The trailhead is located on the north side of Route 28 two-tenths of a mile west of the parking area. So hikers will need to walk along the highway for two-tenths of a mile and cross the road to reach the trailhead. The wooden trail sign lists that this is the access to Ross, Whortleberry, and Big Bad Luck Ponds in addition to OK Slip Falls.

Trail Description and Distance

The trail to OK Slip Falls is 3 miles long. Adding the two-tenths of a mile walk from the parking area makes the round trip distance 6.4 miles. The trail continues eight-tenths of a mile past the falls and ends at the Hudson River. If this optional section is added, the round trip distance becomes 8 miles.

The first half-mile of the trail follows the existing route to Ross, Whortleberry, and Big Bad Luck Ponds. After a half-mile, the trail to OK Slip Falls branches right. After an additional 1.5 miles, a dirt road is encountered. The trail continues left on the dirt road for a couple hundred feet before branching off to the right. The last mile is along what appears to be the remnants of an old dirt road. A sign shows the right hand turn that leads a short distance to the falls. You will hear the waterfall as you approach the sign! To continue on to the Hudson River, head left for eight-tenths of a mile.

In the first two miles of the trail to OK Slip Falls, there are several muddy sections, so hiking boots are highly recommended. The trail is still new and there is ongoing work to add wooden walkways over the wet areas. The last mile to the falls is in great shape. There are gradual ups and downs in the first 3 miles of the trail. The forests along the trail are mostly deciduous and mixed deciduous-coniferous, with many large trees, including Red Maple, Beech, Birches, Aspens, White Pine, and Eastern Hemlock. There are lovely mosses, wildflowers, and fungus found along the trail. The area between North River and Indian Lake contains vast wetlands and Moose are often observed in this region, so watch for Moose tracks! You can also find many bird species along with amphibians and reptiles on the hike. Photographic opportunities abound!

OK Slip Falls is breathtaking and there are two lovely areas to view the waterfalls. The viewing areas are on the east side of a deep gorge, and the waterfall is viewed to the west. There is a hill to your back as you view the falls. Once the sun rises above the hill, the waterfalls are bathed in sunlight. If you are interested in photographing the falls, arriving during the morning works best, as the falls are shaded by afternoon (but still gorgeous even in shade!).

Optional 8/10 mile segment to the Hudson River: This trail segment is much more strenuous. After leaving OK Slip Falls, the trail heads around the head of the gorge and drops steeply down to a wooden bridge over OK Slip Brook. From this location you can see the void where the water drops over the edge of the cliffs! There is a well-worn herd path a short distance along the brook to the head of the falls. Great care should be taken in this area with such dangerous vertical cliffs. After crossing the bridge, the trail heads back up to the top of the gorge and continues toward the Hudson River. From the top of the gorge, it is nearly a 400 foot drop in elevation to the river. The trail uses switchbacks, which helps ease the hiking, but it is still strenuous to climb back up. You can hear the rapids on the Hudson River below as you approach this steep area. The trail ends at the confluence of OK Slip Brook and the Hudson River. If you hike a short distance to the left, there is a sandy beach and an area where rocks jut out into the Hudson River. It is a lovely place to rest and have a food break.

Hiking Time Estimate

The round trip to OK Slip Falls is 6.4 miles from the parking area with gentle ups and downs. Allow at least a half-day for this hike, and possibly longer if you want to linger at the falls viewing area, or spend time photographing flora and fauna along the way. Adding the segment to the Hudson River brings the round trip distance to 8 miles and adds steeper ascents and descents to the bottom of the Hudson River Gorge. Allow enough time to add this section – likely a full day for most hikers.

Winter

The trail to OK Slip Falls would be appropriate for a winter snowshoe hike. This popular trail will likely see a lot of hiker traffic even in winter. So you can probably count on a broken snow trail!

Adirondack Waterfall Hikes

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.

Falls on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River and Cold Brook Falls

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 levels are low. These falls on the West Brach cascade through a narrow gorge of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.

From the trailhead, hike approximately 0.6 mile, where the path takes a left. Follow the path and cross Hamilton Lake Stream at 1.2 miles, which will be difficult in high water. Continue and cross Cold Brook at 1.8 miles, where you can see Cold Brook Falls upstream. Follow the river on the north bank until you see the first waterfalls (10-12 feet) on the West Branch at approximately 2.5 miles. The second smaller falls (8 ft) is located several hundred yards up the river from the first, but cannot be seen due to the rough topography of the walls.

Directions

Just south of Wells, turn off Route 30 and drive on Algonquin Road past the dam for 0.7 mile to West River Road. Continue for approximately 8.3 miles on West River Road to a large clearing, where the road ends. The trail starts in the woods, and parallels the river along most of the way.

Limekiln Falls

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 falls are 15 feet wide and almost a half-mile long.

Directions

Head south on Route 28 in Inlet for 0.8 mile and make a right at the golf course to head south on Limekiln Road. Drive for another 1.8 miles to the Limekiln Lake DEC Campground entrance.

The trail starts at campsite #87. Travel across the large, open field to find a register box at the old fish barrier dam, where the self guided nature trail starts. Turn right and continue for 1 mile around the old beaver vly, until the trail bears right after a series of bridges. Follow the outlet for Limekiln Lake for about 0.75 mile as the trail crosses the brook several times, and you will come to the start of the falls, which continues for another half mile. There is a day use fee to enter the campground.

Groff Creek Falls

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 get to than the third. 

Directions

Groff Creek

The parking area is 5.5 miles south of Wells. Take Route 30 for 3.2 miles north of Northville, and make a left on county Route 6 (Benson Road) toward Benson. Make an immediate right onto River Road and continue for 4.6 miles and park.

From the parking spot it's a 1.8 mile hike to the top of the series of three waterfalls. The first waterfall, 30 feet in height, can be heard approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead. Scramble down to the stream to view the falls. Follow the stream farther upstream to reach the other two waterfalls. Both require a hike downhill to see them.

Cascade Lake Loop and Falls

The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly further back up the road. The trail never climbs or descends too much, but when it does it's at a gentle pace. At roughly 1.1 mile there's a split in the trail — this is the Cascade Pond Loop. Either direction works fine, but people tend to hike it in a counter-clockwise direction.

The southern portion of the loop never approaches the lake very closely, but it is close enough to see through the trees. The outlet on the far end houses a wonderful waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. Past the waterfall it is very wet, but this has been flagged for a reroute and hopefully a couple of small bridges.

Once past the wet area, the trail climbs to higher ground. The trail does approach the water's edge on a few occasions on the northern trail, which leads through the site of an old Girl Scout Camp. The trail eventually comes back to the intersection at 1.1 miles from the trailhead.

Cascade offers four or five well-hidden locations to fish trophy bass along the footpath surrounding the shore. With a bit of determination you can find the perfect spot for bobber and worm casting. It also offers bird watching of species that include Wood Warblers, Hermit Thrush, Wood Pewee, Winter Wren, Barred Owl, Broad-Winged Hawk, and Hairy, Downy and Pileated Woodpeckers.

Note: Mountain biking is not allowed here.

Location: From the intersection of Route 28 and Big Moose Road in Eagle Bay, follow Big Moose Road. Continue for 1.3 miles to the Cascade Lake Trailhead on the right.

Distance: A 3.4 mile round-trip loop.

It can take up to five hours to complete this hike.

Winter Overview: The winter parking here is snowplowed for 12 cars and offers a great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Even though it is not professionally groomed there seems to be enough use that the trail is tracked in on most days.

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 a small falls where the brook enters the lake, and a larger 40 foot falls further upstream to the east.

Difficulty:  Difficult

Directions

From Speculator, drive N. on Rte 30 for 12 miles to the DEC Indian Lake Islands boat launch on the R. Paddle 2 miles across the lake and veer around "Long Island” to the R, heading SW into the narrow part of the lake. Follow for 5.5 miles to the end of the lake, and take out where the Dug Mountain Brook enters the lake. Where the stream enters the lake, there is a picnic area & table on the shore, and you’ll see a small 4 ft. waterfall. Follow the N. side of the stream for .4 miles to get to the base of the larger falls. Alternative route: You may access the falls via a shorter, 2.5 mile paddle along the Jessup river, 6.0 miles NE of Speculator. This river is very narrow, and in low water can be difficult to navigate. From the 4 corners in Speculator, drive 6.4 miles N on Rte 30, and look for the Jessup River, crossing under Rte 30 over a bridge. Park on the side of the road, and paddle downstream on the eastern side of Rte 30 towards Indian Lake. Look for Dug Mountain Brook entering Indian Lake on your right.

Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its small size, and less than 200 yards from the road. You'll find a series of small drops and flows upstream from the main falls that are also worth looking for. The first waterfall is near the beginning of the hike. The second is just upstream and towers 10 feet over the surrounding area, plunging into a small swimming hole at its base.

Directions

4.5 miles NE of Wells: From Wells go north on Rte 30 for 3.5 miles until you come to the intersection of Rt. 30 & 8. Turn right onto Rt. 8 and proceed 1.2 miles. You will reach a point where parking areas are visible on both sides of the road, with the stream crossing under Rte 8 through a culvert . Park on the right and take the path along the south side of the stream. The hike up to the 2nd falls is just a few hundred yards upstream.

Austin Falls

Austin falls is a long, sliding waterfall, surrounded by beautiful rock formations, and does not require a long hike to reach. The river is calm above the falls, but as the sides of the stream narrow and the elevation drops 40 feet in a couple hundred yards over a rocky base, the water accelerates rapidly, creating a spectacular water show. A large rock near the base of the falls hurls the water several feet into the air like a natural fountain.

Directions

Location: 7.0 miles N. of Wells: Drive north from Wells on Route 30 to the intersection of Rte 30 & 8. Continue another 6.5 miles and make a right onto Old Route 30, an unimproved road, and drive for exactly 2.7 miles and pull off to the side of the road to park. The road is paved, but very bumpy, so use caution and drive slow! The falls are off to the right, can be heard from the road, and are reached with an easy 50 ft. walk down to the falls. The surrounding banks of the stream are very slippery, so use caution when walking alongside the falls.

Whiskey Brook Falls

This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5 to 6 feet tall and is surrounded by large boulders.

Directions

2.0 miles N of Speculator: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator drive 2.2 miles N. on Route 30 and look off to the right for the stream which flows under Rte 30 through a large culvert. Pull off to the right, park, and follow the southern bank of the creek upstream for 50 feet where you will see the falls.

Christine Falls

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 miles to a small unmarked access below the dam on the left. This is a small dirt pull-off behind the guardrails.

Trail Description

From the parking area locate the path to the back of the parking area. The falls can be heard from the parking area. The walk is a rocky downhill slope to a rocky spine overlooking the falls. This is a popular swimming area, but it should be used with extreme caution.

Distances

Less than 0.1 miles

Family with Young Kids

  • 5 minutes to falls

Experienced Hiker

  • 5 minutes to falls

Out of Shape Hiker

  • 5 minutes to falls

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

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 such a vision. This short hike is an excellent destination hike for the entire family. The trailhead is unmarked with an appropriate sign, you will have to look for a state gate as the official start.

How to get there

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road. There is no trailhead sign.

Trail Description

This trail, while quite short is an excellent destination for photographers and bird watchers. You will first need to pinpoint the metal gate which marks the start of the trail. This is not too difficult, just be sure to look for it just west of the entrance to the NYS Golden Beach Campground. There is parking for 2-3 cars.

Passing by the gate you will be on an old access road that brings you through a grass field with an attractive wetland to your left. As you continue by the wetland there are a few small areas that you can approach the shore, but don't get too close the edges are a bit unstable in parts. This opens up great opportunities for birding and wildlife photography. As you continue through you will notice a split in the trail. Right will lead you around to above the falls – the area above the falls is not recommended for young children. The left fork will lead to the base of the falls. At this point you should be able to hear the water pouring to the rocks below. You will have a small stream crossing to where you will be able to see the falls to the right.

Death Falls is a wide fanning cascade where in the spring or after a heavy rain spell, rainbows often develop. Use this area to do some additional photography, but be aware that the rocks along the brook are very slippery and loose. The steep slopes of Estelle Mountain are directly to the south, as a small pond at the base of the mountain helps nourish this wonderful natural feature.

Distances

Trailhead to base of the falls – 0.3 miles

Family with Young Kids

  • 10 minutes to falls

Experienced Hiker

  • 10 minutes to falls

Out of Shape Hiker

  • 10 minutes to falls

Winter Overview

This would be a very short snowshoe or winter hike. The stream below the falls can very slippery, but the ice formations on a nice cool day are very nice.
This trail is not a great spot for cross-country skiing due to its short distance, but it surely could be used as such.

Directions

3.2 miles E. of Village of Raquette Lake: This trail starts on the south side of Route 28, near the southern shore of Raquette Lake. Look for a yellow gate 10 miles west of the village of Blue Mountain Lake or 3.6 miles east of Sagamore Road (in Raquette Lake), that marks the start of the short path. Parking is sparse here, but you can park nearby at the Golden Beach State campground on Raquette Lake that will require a day use fee. From the barrier, walk on a perfectly flat trail to a grass clearing, walking through it to the trail continuing on the other side. The trail is a straight shot to the falls through a wet area that you might want to avoid, and is just 0.2 miles from the road.

Buttermilk Falls

This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of the crashing waters is sure to cool down anyone on the hottest of days.

HOW TO GET THERE

From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. Continue to North Point Road on the right (located on sharp corner). Follow North Point Road for around 2-miles to the parking on the right.

TRAIL DESCRIPTION

The trail to Buttermilk Falls is only about 0.1 miles, but Buttermilk falls is so much more than a walk. This destination is a great all-round spot for the entire family no matter age, physical ability level or experience.

Above the falls there is a canoe launch that can be used for boating up the Raquette River to a nice lean-to on a grassy point. Right above the falls there are several rock outcropping, opening up picnic areas and places to relax by the sounds of rushing water.

Below the falls there is also picnic spots, as well as swimming areas directly below the falls or a bit further down the Raquette River. The rocky falls are not recommended for climbing or diving from and should be highly respected.

There are also picnic benches in the area as well as a hiking trail. The hiking trail is designated as a canoe carry and part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. You can hike this trail to the put-in below the falls. Past this put-in there is a herd path along the river to access nice swimming areas downstream as well as attractive views out over the water. Eventually the herd path will connect with another carry trail and eventually end at two lean-tos on the south end of Long Lake.

DISTANCES

North Point Road trailhead to top of falls – 0.1 miles

Family with Young Kids

  • <5 minutes to falls

Experienced Hiker

  • <5 minutes to falls

Out of Shape Hiker

  • <5 minutes to falls

WINTER OVERVIEW

This would be a very short snowshoe or winter hike, but the falls do take on a certain winter beauty. Be very careful around the falls it can be extremely slippery. Snowshoe the carry trail downstream for an extended outing along the river.

This trail is not recommended for cross-country skiing.

Directions

5 miles SW of Long Lake: From Long Lake, take NYS route 28/30 south for 3 miles to North Point Road, or North 7.7 miles from the hamlet of Blue Mountain Lake. There will be a sign here that says "Buttermilk Falls". Turn SW onto North Point Road, and follow it for 2.1 miles. Look for sign on the right for the falls, where there will be a parking area and a short path leading to the falls.

Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. The falls are on private property.

Directions

Squaw Brook Falls are 3.2 miles southwest of Indian Lake. Drive south on Route 30 from Indian Lake for 3.4 miles to a small bridge. The falls lies between the road and Indian Lake, to the east of the road. You can view the falls and gorge from the bridge. The land surrounding the falls is private, so please don'€™t trespass.

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 along the Northville-Placid Trail at it's southern end. It is located downstream from a rustic log footbridge that crosses West Stony Creek. Although small in size, the waterfalls and surrounding area is very picturesque and worth the trip.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

 

Directions

10.2 miles SW of Wells or 9.5 miles NW of Northville: From Northville, take Rte 30 N for 3.2 miles to County Rt. 6 (Benson Road) or from Wells take Rte 30 S for 12.4 miles. Turn W onto Benson Road and pass Lapland Lake Ski Center at 5.2 miles. Continue on and at 5.8 miles the road forks after an iron bridge; stay to the right following the signs for the NLP Trail and continue NW for 0.6 mile. Turn left onto a dirt road (Godfrey Road) and continue for another 0.5 mile. The parking area is on the right. Walk on road for 1.2 miles to the northwest. As the dirt road ends, you will be at the North Branch of West Stony Creek. Follow a blue-blazed tote road northwest for 0.3 mile, you will soon come to the falls, which are just downstream from a large log footbridge that crosses over the creek.

This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the falls follows along the famous Northville-Lake Placid trail, and is approximately 1.3 miles (one-way) with a slight elevation gain as you travel towards the falls. Buckhorn Lake, also known as "Fiddler's Pond", is a birders paradise and is home to nesting Loons and Great Blue Herons.

Difficulty Level: Easy/Moderate.

 

Directions

8.4 miles west of Speculator: Take Route 8 from Speculator 9 miles West. Watch for the DEC trailhead signs marking the Northville-Lake Placid trail on the left past the Town of Arietta Highway Department, across from Casey’s Corner in Piseco. Follow the blue blazed trail markers on the trail for 1.3 miles. When you get to a wooden foot bridge, look right and you will see the top of the cascade about 25 feet downstream. Paths on both sides lead to the bottom of the falls. If you follow the creek upstream (a bushwhack) from the wooden foot bridge for 0.2 mile, you will be able to get a wonderful scenic view of Buckhorn Lake.

Bray House Falls (a.k.a. The Potholers)

This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15 feet. The bubbling waters and pebbles have worn deep depressions into the rock stream bed. The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream.

Directions

The falls are 10.5 miles southwest of Piseco Lake. From Speculator head west on state Route 8 and drive 12.2 miles to Route 10, and make a left heading south. Drive another 1.2 miles and make the first right onto Powley Road (dirt road), which may or may not have a sign. Continue on Powley Road for 10.4 miles and look for Brayhouse Brook, just before passing into Fulton County. Stay on the north bank of the stream and head east, going downstream, until you get to where Brayhouse Brook enters the East Canada Creek. Head left, and travel upstream for 0.1 mile to the falls.

Griffin Falls

The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. A small swimming hole sits at the base of the falls.

Directions

6.0 miles NE of Wells: From Wells, proceed N. on Rt. 30 for 3.5 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 8 and drive northeast for roughly 2.5 miles. Turn left onto a seasonal road (opposite a pull-off on the R. side of the road) and drive 0.2 miles, crossing the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. Park just past the bridge in the clearing. Follow the path paralleling the west side of the river, going downstream to reach the falls.

Auger Flats and Falls River Walk

How to get there

Western Parking: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30 toward Wells. Continue for around 6.5 miles to Old Route 8 on the left. Park here at the bridge.

Eastern Parking: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30 toward Wells. Continue for around 8.25 miles to the trailhead on the left.

Trail Description

This is also considered the Auger Falls East Trail, but essentially is a snowmobile trail. Starting from Old Route 8 cross the bridge and take an immediate right and cross a small wooded bridge over a decent sized creek. From here the trail is very wide and has several small rolling hills. Be sure to say on the snowmobile trail for ease of access through the area, there are a few side trails and old roads that can be a bit confusing, but the snowmobile trail is well marked. Auger Flats is initially on your right, which is a slow moving current area of the river.

About half way through the trip you will come to Auger Falls on your right, be very careful here the gorge and ledges are very steep and slippery. Not far past here the trail moves away from the river and eventually comes out at the eastern trailhead where your second car is parked. If you only have one car, you may prefer to just approach Auger Falls or Auger Flats from one side or the other.

One-way Distance

3.5 miles

Estimated one-way Trip Time

  • Family with Young Kids: 3 hours
  • Experienced Hiker: 2 hours
  • Out of Shape Hiker: 3 hours