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.