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Wanika Falls

North Elba, NY


Wanika Falls is located on the Chubb River near Lake Placid and features a series of cascades.

The falls can be reached via the Northville-Placid Trail, and requires a 7-mile one-way hike.

To get to the Northville-Placid trailhead from the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, drive a short time on NY 73 before staying left onto Old Military Road. Continue until you see a left turn toward Averyville Road (CR 23).

Drive just over a mile on Averyville Road until you see a parking area and trailhead on your left just before crossing over the Chubb River.

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This beautiful waterfall is a 6.5-8 miles hike from from the northern terminus of the Northville-Placid Trail (located on Averyville Rd, Lake Placid, NY). With places to camp, fire pits, quiet isolation, link ups to other trails, and crisp, clear mountain water, Wanika Falls is a wonderful place to take in a mid-day lunch or a spot to spend a serene night away from it all. With Lake Placid so close, supplies are easily gotten locally with big chain grocery stores, and the outdoor sports supplier Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) in the middle of the city limits. A trip to Wanika Falls is a nice way to spend a weekend with the family (younger children may have great difficulty on the trail, but, in my opinion, 8 years old and over should be ok IF they are experienced)...or take your significant other for a peaceful night under starry night sky (no light pollution so the sky is beautiful, with a chance at a Northern Lights viewing in the later months). It is absolutely worth the hike!

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