Buttermilk Falls

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 and evoke a sense of awe during icy winters.

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 a sharp corner). Follow North Point Road for around 2-miles to the parking on the right.

By the numbers

  • Distance: 0.1 miles. You can hear the falls from the parking lot; they are not far.


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.

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 are 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.


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 trail downstream for an extended outing along the river.

This trail is not recommended for cross-country skiing.

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