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

OK Slip Falls

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.

 

 

Hiking This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The hike in to the...
Route 8
Arietta
‎12139
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
Hiking In the evening you might feel the spirit of French Louie pass you on the trail as he makes his way out to the sugar bush in...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Hey, don't be afraid of the name, but intrigued. Unsure how this beautiful piece of artwork got it scary name, it does not...
Route 28
Raquette Lake
13436
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 8 toward Lake Pleasant. Continue for just...
Route 8
Lake Pleasant
12108
This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15...
Powley Road
Arietta
‎12139
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...
Twitchell Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened...
Route 28
Indian Lake
12842
Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
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
Also known as Hope Falls.Tenant Creek Falls is a .9 to 4.1-mile hike through hemlock groves, mature open hardwoods, and scattered...
Hope Falls Road
Wells
12190
Hiking The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly comes to the old trail, which started slightly...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking Trailhead From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 10 in Piseco, follow Route 10 toward Pine Lake. Continue for a little ...
Route 10
Lake Pleasant
12108
This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers and anglers. The cool mist of the...
Long Lake
12847
How to get there Western Parking: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator follow the convergence of Route8/30...
Wells
12190
The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, many potholes, and an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the...
Wells
12190
This is the big one When it was created by the Adirondack Mountain Club in 1922, the Northville-Lake Placid Trail was originally...
Benson
12134
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...
Benson
12134
How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just...
Speculator
12164
This is a 0.6 mile hike in total with zero elevation gain. Trailhead: This is located on Route 30, and is 5.5 miles south of Wells...
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
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Rte. 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Wells
12190
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...
Wells
12190
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...
Speculator
12164
Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. The falls are on private...
Indian Lake
12842

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