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Guide To Waterfalls In The Adirondacks

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From spectacular waterfalls in the Adirondack wilderness to smaller roadside dips, discover these wonders of nature! This guide is constantly growing, featuring some of the most popular as well as some of the the lesser known Adirondack waterfalls. While some require lengthy and difficult hikes to reach, others are just off the beaten path and can be enjoyed by everyone.

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Note: information provided below includes height estimates and opinions on waterfalls in the Adirondacks and should not be regarded as a definitive source.

Adirondack Waterfalls:

waterfall with several small drops winding through the woods
Blue Ridge Falls
North Hudson, NY
Blue Ridge Falls features several small, turbulent drops, and is located on a stretch of The Branch, which eventually empties into the Schroon River.
Groff Creek Falls
Northville, NY
See three waterfalls at Groff Creek - the first two are fairly difficult to get to. The first waterfall is 30 feet in height. The other two are farther upstream and require a hike downhill to see them.
waterfall
Falls of Carillon
Ticonderoga, NY
The Falls of Carillon is located on the LaChute River in Ticonderoga's Bicentennial Park.
Mossy Cascade Brook Falls
Mossy Cascade Brook Falls
Keene, NY
Mossy Cascade Brook Falls - also called Mossy Cascade - is a 40-foot-high drop in Mossy Cascade Brook, a tributary to East Branch of the Ausable River.
waterfall dropping into a pool with photo credit to carl heilman ii
Dug Mountain Brook Falls
Indian Lake, NY
The best way to reach Dug Mountain Brook Falls is by canoe from the DEC Indian Lake Islands boat launch.
Monument Falls
Monument Falls
North Elba, NY
Just 3.5 miles south of High Falls Gorge on Route 86 is Monument Falls.
Unnamed Falls (Greenwood Falls)
Unnamed Falls (Greenwood Falls)
Pitcairn, NY
Locals refer to this unnamed waterfall as Greenwood Falls, since it is a series of drops in Greenwood Creek.
Photo by John Holmes
Rainbow Falls at Ausable Chasm
Keeseville, NY
Located at Ausable Chasm, a popular Adirondack attraction, is Rainbow Falls.
Garnet Lake Falls
Johnsburg, NY
This natural waterfall was enhanced by a concrete culvert that was built at the outlet of Garnet Lake.
Falls on West Branch of Sacandaga River and Cold Brook Falls
Wells, NY
Hike 2.5 miles one way to West Branch Gorge - this should only be done in the middle of the summer when the water levels are low. The falls go through a narrow gorge of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River.
Shelving Rock Falls
Shelving Rock Falls
Fort Ann, NY
One of the rewards of the Shelving Rock hike is this spectacular waterfall on the east side of Lake George.
Fairy Ladder Falls
Keene, NY
This 90 foot high staircase cascade is located on Gill Brook, upstream from Artists Falls.
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves
Pottersville, NY
Natural Stone Bridge & Caves on Trout Brook features multiple waterfalls, a marble natural stone bridge, and several caves, including the largest cave entrance in the east.
Squaw Brook Falls
Indian Lake, NY
Squaw Brook Falls are small waterfalls by a roadside located in a rocky gorge by Squaw Brook. They're on private property.
two separate waterfalls dropping into the same pool
AuSable River Falls
Wilmington, NY
High Falls Gorge in Wilmington provides easy access to incredible views of four major falls in the AuSable River.
waterfall rushing down rocks at multiple points with photo credit to thomas gorman
Jay Falls
Jay, NY
Jay Falls is located just upstream from Jay's historic covered bridge that crosses the Ausable River.
Photo by John Holmes
Moody Falls
Colton, NY
To see Moody Falls, travel 1.5 miles on NY 56 from its intersection at Sevey Corners with NY 3.
Rockwell Falls
Rockwell Falls
Lake Luzerne, NY
You can find Rockwell Falls just upstream from where the Hudson and Sacandaga Rivers meet in Lake Luzerne.
shallow waterfall running through the woods with photo credit to joel solomon
Goldmine Stream Falls
Arietta, NY
These picturesque, rocky falls are located in the town of Arietta, NY, but can be difficult to find.
Rainbow Falls at Ausable Club
Rainbow Falls at Ausable Club
Keene, NY
Rainbow Falls consists of 150 feet of cascades, which fill the gorge with a constant mist, providing ideal conditions for spotting rainbows on sunny days.
Split Rock Falls
Split Rock Falls
Elizabethtown, NY
Split Rock Falls is a popular, picturesque drop in the Bouquet (Boquet) River.
waterfall over rocks
Quarry Pool Falls
Lake Placid, NY
Quarry Pool Falls is a 3- to 4-foot waterfall that goes over a small dam and through a gorge before the river goes into Quarry Pool, a well-known fishing spot.
Staircase Falls
Crown Point, NY
Staircase Falls (sometimes called Stair Falls) is made up of several small drops in Crown Point's Putnam Creek.
Palmer Falls
Palmer Falls
Corinth, NY
Locally nicknamed Mill Falls, this waterfall along the Hudson River is in an industrial location.
mostly frozen waterfall with photo credit to john haywood
Hague Brook Falls
Hague, NY
A two-part waterfall where Hague Brook meets NY 8.
wide waterfall flowing down into a body of water
Jamestown Falls
Colton, NY
Jamestown Falls is one of the last sections of whitewater on Raquette River in Saint Lawrence County.
Twitchell Falls
Eagle Bay, NY
This waterfall can be difficult to find - the path is not marked, but is an easy hike once you find it.
rushing waterfall with photo credit to tim hall
Bushnell Falls
Keene Valley, NY
The 20-foot Bushnell Falls is a popular Adirondack destination located near John's Brook Ledge in Keene.
Christine Falls
Wells, NY
The falls can be heard from the parking area - there is a small dirt pull-off behind the guardrails. The walk down is rocky and should be used with caution.
waterfall over rocks
West Stony Creek Falls
Northville, NY
West Stony Creek Falls in Hamilton County is accessed by a 1.5-mile one-way hike along an old dirt road.
two waterfalls dropping side-by-side into a pool with photo credit to zach monroe
High Falls Gorge
Wilmington, NY
This privately-owned park features well-maintained trails and bridges that provide excellent views of four waterfalls.
Square Falls
Johnsburg, NY
Square Falls has a fairly flat plateau of bedrock at its top and a deep pool that is great for swimming at its base.
Unnamed Falls (On Sucker Brook)
Unnamed Falls (On Sucker Brook)
Clifton, NY
This is one of many unnamed falls on Sucker Brook in the Adirondacks.
narrow waterfall dropping through the woods with photo credit to tom bessette
Cascade Falls
Keene, NY
This large and picturesque cascading waterfall drops over 100 feet from Cascade Mountain.
Wedge Brook Falls
Wedge Brook Falls
Keene, NY
Wedge Brook, a tributary to the East Branch of the Ausable River, has a series of three falls.
Beer Walls Falls
Keene Valley, NY
Beer Walls Falls is a seasonal waterfall best viewed in the spring or after heavy rains. It might be dry during late summer months.
Wilmington Notch Falls
Wilmington Notch Falls
Wilmington, NY
Wilmington Notch Falls is a thin, but powerful 50-foot cascade in the West Branch of the Ausable River.
skinny waterfall dropping through the woods as a hiker watches
Clifford Falls
Keene, NY
For directions, visit: http://www.northeastwaterfalls.com/waterfall.php?num=568&p=0
Whiskey Brook Falls
Speculator, NY
See a 5 to 6 feet tall waterfall surrounded by large boulders.
water rushing out of a dam with photo credit to stephen waldron
High Falls Power Dam
Saranac, NY
This falls is half man-made half nature-made, but it's a spectacular sight.
Photo by John Holmes
Roaring Brook Falls
Keene Valley, NY
Roaring Brook Falls drops more than 100 feet in two segments.
rushing waterfall
Auger Falls
Wells, NY
You will find this rushing series of rapids on the Sacandaga River in Wells, NY.
shallow waterfall in the woods with photo credit to d. denney
Death Falls (aka Secret Falls)
Raquette Lake, NY
Death Falls is most impressive in times of high water and can be accessed by a flat trail that circles around a flooded area.
waterfall in fall
Dunkley Falls
Johnsburg, NY
Dunkley Falls has a large boulder at the base. Picnic facilities are on the premises and the Black Hole swimming area is near by.
Pyramid Falls
Keene, NY
Pyramid Brook, a tributary to the Ausable River's East Branch, features a series of drops made less magnificent by the limited flow of water.
close-up of a waterfall flowing over rocks and mist rising up
Buttermilk Falls
Long Lake, NY
Buttermilk Falls is one of the most visited waterfalls in the Adirondacks, mostly because the hike is very short, easy and flat.
Austin Falls
Wells, NY
Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall with rock formations surrounding it. A large rock near the base of the falls hurls the water several feet into the air.
waterfall being split by a large rock and then coming back together with photo credit by zack clothier
Flume Falls
Wilmington, NY
Flume Falls is a series of drops in a narrow section of the Ausable River's West Branch that total roughly 60 feet.
waterfall flowing down a rock face with photo credit to michael phillips
Lampson Falls
Clare, NY
A half-mile hike on a level trail is rewarded by an incredible view overlooking Lampson Falls.
Bray House Falls
Stratford, NY
Waterfalls can be seen in a picturesque spot easily accessed via a short walk upstream.
steep waterfall that widens as it drops with photo credit to sara cole
High Falls
Chateaugay, NY
Situated in a narrow chasm on the Chateaugay River (west of the village), this spectacular 120-foot waterfall is the main feature of High Falls Park.
wide waterfall dropping into a pool with photo credit to greg stiefvater
High Falls
Ohio, NY
High Falls is located on West Canada Creek in Ohio, NY.
Falls on the North Folk Boquet River
Keene, NY
The entire stretch of the river has one drop after another. The top of the falls is a broad rock slide about 40 feet long, with a pool of water towards the bottom.
Photo by John Holmes
Wadhams Falls
Wadhams, NY
Wadhams Falls is a large flume falls on the Boquet (Bouquet) River in the center of Wadhams.
Unnamed Falls
Fort Ann, NY
This small, unnamed waterfall feeds into Shelving Rock Falls.
waterfall over rocks
Rock Garden Falls
Keene Valley, NY
Rock Garden Falls got its name from waterfall guidebook author Russell Dunn, who found it resembled a Japanese rock garden.
narrow waterfall running down multiple tiers of rocks
Artists Falls
Gill Brook, NY
Artists Falls is a 20 ft high cascade in Gill Brook, a tributary to East Branch of the Ausable River. Additional falls can be found upstream.
multi-tiered waterfall with photo credit to bud gagnon
Clay Meadow Falls
Bolton, NY
This 20-foot seasonal falls is located near the Clay Meadow Trailhead near Northwest Bay Brook.
small waterfall in the winter
Allen Falls
Parishville, NY
This impressive 35-foot Adirondack waterfall is in St. Lawrence County, cascading over a wall of natural rocks.
waterfall rushing over a large rock with photo credit to joy przybyl
High Falls
Five Ponds Wilderness, NY
High Falls is located on the Oswegatchie River in the northwestern Adirondacks. Though these falls aren't incredibly high (despite their name), they are one of nature's subtle beauties.
small waterfall rushing down multiple tiers of rocks
Indian Falls
North Elba, NY
Indian Falls is a 25-foot-high waterfall on Marcy Brook adjacent to the Mount Marcy Trail.
Photo by John Holmes
T Lake Falls
Arietta, NY
Perhaps the most impressive waterfall in the Adirondacks, T Lake Falls requires a 10-mile round-trip hike to reach.
St. Regis Falls
St. Regis Falls
St. Regis Falls, NY
This Adirondack waterfall on the St. Regis River is located in the Town of Waverly, within the Village of St. Regis Falls.
Limekiln Falls
Inlet, NY
Find a series of falls along the trail - the falls are 15 feet wide and nearly a half-mile long.
brown waterfall rushing into a pool with photo credit to mark flanagan
Grasse River Waterfalls
Degrasse, NY
The Grasse River's South Branch (along Tooley Pond Road) features six different falls.
Tenant Creek Falls
Tenant Creek Falls
Hope, NY
Tenant Creek Falls is a .9 mile hike through hemlock groves and mature open hardwoods to the first waterfall. Two other falls can be reached via a 1.2 mile long unmarked foot path along the creek.
waterfall in forest
Stag Brook Falls
Wilmington, NY
This 20-foot waterfall is accessible from the Whiteface Ski Center Parking lot.
Northwest Brook Falls
Northwest Brook Falls
Bolton, NY
Just north of Lake George, you'll find two beautiful waterfalls on Northwest Bay Brook.
narrow, shallow waterfall winding between rocks with photo credit to michael phillips
Harper Falls
Grass River Wild Forest, NY
Located in the Adirondacks' Grass River Wild Forest, Harper Falls can be found on the North Branch of the Grass River.
Rocky Falls
Rocky Falls
North Elba, NY
Rocky Falls is a small, 6-foot waterfall and lean-to on Indian Pass Brook near Heart Lake.
Hoisington Brook Cascade
Westport, NY
Hoisington Brook Cascade is a small falls under a stone footbridge in Westport.
Beautiful Spring photo with ice and falls captured by Lynn Reid Shanks
OK Slip Falls
Indian Lake, NY
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 the land was purchased by the state in 2013. In 2014, an official trail to the falls was opened.
Opalescent Falls
Newcomb, NY
Just upstream from Hanging Spear Falls on the Opalescent River is a 15-foot cascade that is sometimes referred to as Opalescent Falls.
a small, rushing waterfall
LaChute Falls
Ticonderoga, NY
The LaChute River in Ticonderoga, NY features LaChute Falls, a series of five different waterfalls located along the LaChute River Walk Trail. This 3-mile trail includes multiple wayside exhibits that illustrate the history of the area.
East Jimmy Creek Falls
Wells, NY
See two waterfalls less than 200 yards from the road. The first is right at the beginning and the second is just upstream and goes into a swimming hole at the base.
Falls on Outlet From Buckhorn Lake
Piseco, NY
Follow a 1.3-mile hike one way along the Northville-Lake Placid Trail to the falls.
Schroon Falls
Schroon Lake, NY
Schroon Falls is a 2-foot drop in the Schroon River underneath Route 9.
waterfall running down a steep rock pile
Beaver Meadow Falls
St. Huberts, NY
Beaver Meadow Falls is a 60-foot horsetail cascade falls on a tributary to the East Branch of the Ausable River.
water over rocks
Griffin Falls
The falls consist of several drops, large blocks, potholes, and an 8-foot cascading waterfall on the east branch of the Sacandaga River. There is a small swimming hole at the base.
Bouquet River Falls
Keene, NY
The Bouquet River Falls is a set of falls in the Adirondacks' Essex County.
MacIntyre Brook Falls
North Elba, NY
The journey along the Algonquin Peak Trail to Wright Peak will lead you to this 15-foot cascade, which is sometimes referred to as McIntyre Brook Falls and is sometimes unnamed.
Wanika Falls
Wanika Falls
North Elba, NY
Wanika Falls is located on the Chubb River near Lake Placid and features a series of cascades.
Wilmington Flume
Wilmington Flume
Wilmington, NY
Wilmington Flume features four drops in the West Branch of the Ausable River, near High Falls Gorge.
water over rocks
Bog River Falls
Piercefield, NY
The Bog River Flow empties into the southern end of Big Tupper Lake, creating beautiful falls in the Horseshoe Wild Forest.
very steep narrow waterfall dropping into a pool with photo credit to tim hall
Hanging Spear Falls
Newcomb, NY
Hanging Spear Falls is a 75-foot high, hourglass-shaped falls on the Opalescent River near Calamity Mountain.
wide waterfall flowing over rocks into a pool
Beecher Creek Falls
Edinburg, NY
Located near the historic Copeland Covered Bridge, a trip to Beecher Creek Falls offers two rewards.
small waterfall under an overpass
Hulls Falls
Keene, NY
South of Keene is a wide, 20-foot-high falls on the east branch of the Ausable River.
Raquette Falls
Raquette Falls
Harrietstown, NY
Raquette Falls near Tupper Lake are located along an 8.8-mile trail that follows the east side of the Raquette River.
Photo by John Holmes
Salmon River Falls
Orwell, NY
Salmon River Falls is located in the 112-acre Salmon River Falls Unique Area in New York's Oswego County.
Unnamed Falls
Unnamed Falls
Newcomb, NY
If you're hiking near Lake Colden in the Adirondacks, be on the look out for an unnamed 25-foot cascade.
First Drop, Photo by John Holmes
Whitaker Falls
Martinsburg, NY
Whitaker Falls is one of the many scenic elements of New York's Black River Valley.