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 very short walk required to get there. This is also a popular swimming spot, so bring a swimsuit if it's warm.
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.
Leave No Trace
The magic of the Adirondacks is the result of previous generations taking a long view and protecting the mountains, lakes, and rivers within the Blue Line. That tradition continues today as we support and encourage everyone to practice Leave No Trace ethics, which help protect the lands and waters of the Adirondacks.