OK Slip Falls - one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks featuring a 200 foot drop - was unable to be seen by the public until 2,800 acres of land was purchased by the state in 2013.
In 2014, an official trail to the falls was opened, so now everyone can enjoy it.
Directions to the trail:
- From Stewart's in Indian Lake, drive east along Route 28 toward North Creek.
- After about 6.5 miles, there will be a parking area on the south side of Route 28.
- From the parking area, walk back toward Indian Lake about .2 miles until you spot the trailhead on the north side of Route 28. It is located just past some wire guard rails.
- Once you reach the trail register, the walk to the falls is close to 3.2 miles one way, so it's roughly 6.4 miles round trip.
- Follow the blue markers along the trail, and soon enough you'll reach OK Slip Falls.
Overall, the walk to OK Slip Falls is fairly easy. Most of the trail is flat, and it only goes downhill slightly. After about 2 miles, you'll reach a point where the trail meets a private dirt road. The trail makes a left and follows it for about 1/10 of a mile, and then it turns right back into the woods. Just keep following the blue markers.
The trail then follows an old logging road to a stream and a foot bridge. Continue over the bridge, and soon enough, you'll begin to hear the sounds of the falls!
The first overlook spot near the falls gives you a great view of OK Slip Falls and its 200 foot drop. Down below, OK Slip Pond flows into the Hudson River.
The second overlook is a few hundred feet away down the trail, and there are large roots that you can sit on for a short break.
Things to keep in mind:
- The trail is kid-friendly, but in the colder months, it can get icy.
- Wear lots of bug spray because the trail is near some swampy areas.
- Make sure no one gets too close to the ledge overlooking the falls.