New York February 11, 2017
Here’s The Perfect Weekend Itinerary If You Love Exploring New York’s Waterfalls
For most of us living in New York means that you grew up chasing waterfalls, literally. From the Finger Lakes to the Catskills, you can find more waterfalls in the Empire State than you could ever dream of. But it’s up in the Adirondacks where you can find a ton of jaw-dropping waterfalls that are hidden away in some of our more remote locations. Need to enjoy a weekend away where you’ll be able to spend your free time by the water? Then take a look at this trip we’ve planned out that’s perfect if you’re in love with New York’s waterfalls just as much as we are!
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A total driving time of just over 4-hours, you can view the interactive map on Google
1. Our first stop? A trip to one of New York's easiest and most beautiful hikes, Shelving Rock Falls.
One of our favorites, the adventure you'll take to get to Shelving Rock Falls is one that will be quick and easy. Right in the town of Fort Ann off of Buttermilk Falls Road where you'll find numerous popular trailheads, is a hike that will lead you to someplace magical. The hike comes in at
under one mile long round trip
, taking you only .04 miles to get to the waterfall. The 50-foot waterfall is incredible to see in person and worth crossing off of your bucket list.
To find out more information about this hike, click here.
2. After you're done exploring Shelving Rock Falls, you'll take a quick hour and a half drive up to the town of Indian Lake to see OK Slip Falls.
One of New York's tallest waterfalls that manages to remain off of the grid, OK Slip Falls looks like something you wouldn't expect to find in our state. To get the this incredible waterfall, you'll have to park in the parking lot off of Route 28. After you park you'll take a quick walk going north, where you'll soon see a sign for the trailhead on the other side of the road. This hike will definitely be an adventure, taking you 3 miles to reach the waterfall that you'll instantly fall in love with.
To find out more information about this hike, click here.
3. Next you'll take a quick half-hour drive over to the town of Long Lake where you'll find one of New York's many Buttermilk Falls.
If you're familiar with our state then you know that somehow there have managed to be quite a few waterfalls going by the name of Buttermilk Falls, often making things a bit confusing to outsiders! For today, we're going to talk about the Buttermilk Falls that you'll find up in Long Lake. Just off of North Point Road, the waterfall is about a 5-minute walk from where you'll park.
4. Feeling tired after exploring some of our favorite waterfalls? Then grab a bite to eat and book yourself a room at the iconic Adirondack Hotel in Long Lake!
A 10-minute drive from the falls, this hotel has a beautiful waterfront view of Long Lake. Featuring a Victorian dining room that you'll wish you had in your own home, the hotel serves as the perfect place for you to grab something to eat and regain your energy. From the food to the coziness, there's nothing you won't love about staying at the Adirondack Hotel.
To find out all of the reasons why we love visiting the town of Long Lake and what there is for you to do in this area, click here.
5. After fueling up and getting some rest in Long Lake, you'll be off to your next adventure in Elizabethtown to see Split Rock Falls.
An hour-long drive from Long Lake, Elizabethtown in Essex County is just one of our many charming Adirondack towns you'll want to visit. The falls are beautiful to see during anytime of year, but become most popular during the summer when the location becomes the perfect swimming hole to cool off in. Just off of U.S. 9, Split Rock Falls is a quick walk from where you'll park off of the road.
To find out more information about this unbelievable swimming hole and waterfall, click here.
6. Once you're done soaking in the beautiful sight that is Split Rock Falls, you'll take a quick 10-minute drive over to Roaring Brook Falls.
Two insane waterfalls within ten minutes of each other? It doesn't get any better than this! This location is known for being one of the Adirondack's best natural playgrounds, with the base of the falls being made up of various size boulders. You'll find explorers climbing all over the boulders at the base! The quick hike to get to the waterfall is one that's considered to be easy, with explorers of all ages be found on this particular trail.
To find out more information about this trail and waterfall, click here.
7. Feeling hungry before your next stop? Well, that doesn't mean you have to leave the waterfalls behind at Lisa G's!
Right in Lake Placid just before you reach Main Street, you'll find Lisa G's sitting on Chubb River. During the warmer months, guests can eat outside and enjoy up close views of the river and cascading falls nearby, creating a relaxing environment. With an amazing menu and friendly staff, you won't regret making the stop at this restaurant.
To find out more about Lisa G's and why we love to dine here, click here.
8. After you finish feasting on delectable dishes at Lisa G's, you'll head to the unforgettable location that is High Falls Gorge.
This 22-acre nature park is one that's simply unbelievable. The outdoor attraction that can be found open for almost the entire year is right in the town of Wilmington. Surrounded by New York's tallest mountains, you'll be able to see the stunning Ausable River and four major waterfalls. The trails here consist of breathtaking walkways that will put your fear of heights to the test, with even one part of the boardwalk containing a see-through bottom!
To find out more on what you'll be able to experience at this amazing park, click here.
9. Once again you may find yourself in need of food and a place to sleep after seeing so many of our breathtaking waterfalls. You'll want to head on over to The Hungry Trout Resort.
Also right in the town of Wilmington just 2-miles away from High Falls Gorge is The Hungry Trout Resort. The one-of-a-kind resort gives guests access to views of Whiteface Mountain, the opportunity to go trout fishing in the Ausable River and also a chance to hike to Flume Falls. The resort features a wonderful restaurant and pub, where you'll be able to enjoy menus that will knock your socks off.
To book your stay and to find out more about this unbelievable resort, click here.
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