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 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.

Leave No Trace 7 Principles

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 Road
Benson
12134
Hiking Auger Falls Trail extends 0.4 mile from the Augur Falls trailhead to the banks of the Sacandaga River and Augur Falls,...
Route 8/30
Speculator
12164
Hiking Moody Falls is a small waterfall with a short trail leading up to it. You could easily add this onto your Waterfall Tour....
Route 56
Cranberry Lake
12927
Hiking On this walk you'll find a series of falls flowing along the trail, which is surrounded by a white cedar and hemlock forest...
Limekiln Lake Road
Inlet
13360
Hiking This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
Also known as Hope Falls, Tenant Creek Falls is a series of falls along a creek. Hiking The first fall is reached at .9-miles and...
Hope Falls Road
Wells
12190
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 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...
West River Road
Wells
12190
Hiking Don't be afraid of the name. This short hike is an excellent destination hike for the entire family. How to get there From...
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
Hiking This short hike is perfect for a family, especially during the splendor of fall.  The Falls Pond and West Canada Wilderness...
Otter Brook Road
Inlet
13360
The outlet on the far end of the loop houses a wonderful 40-foot waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. A well-worn side...
Big Moose Road
Inlet
13360
This highly popular short hike destination is a favorite for families, picnickers, swimmers, and anglers. Hiking The cool mist of...
North Point Road
Long Lake
12847
Hiking 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
So close the falls can be heard from the parking area. From Route 30, just east of the village of Speculator, these falls -- that's...
Route 30
Speculator
12164
The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream. Hiking This especially interesting...
Powley Road
Arietta
‎12139
Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Route 8. This falls is very picturesque for its...
Route 8
Wells
12190
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 and snowshoeing This small cascading waterfall is formed from a small stream that begins at the outlet of Buckhorn Lake. The...
Route 8
Arietta
‎12139
Enjoy an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. This scenic spot features several drops and many...
Route 8
Wells
12190
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
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
There are a series of 3 waterfalls along the Groff Creek, all of which take some extra effort to see. The first 2 are more...
768-812 River Rd
Hope
12134
Hiking Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. Land surrounding the...
State Route 30 South
Indian Lake
12842
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...
State Route 30
Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch
Sabael
12864

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