National Parks / Natural World

High Falls Gorge Lake Placid

Where is it at?

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High Falls Gorge
4761 Rt. 86
P.O. Box 1678
Lake Placid
NY
12946
Tel: 518-946-2278

Directions

8 Miles East of Lake Placid, 1 Mile West of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

Where are we going today?

Any time of year is the right time to discover High Falls Gorge. Nestled in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain, in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, High Falls Gorge invites visitors to relax and refresh among some of the most stunning natural sights the Adirondacks have to offer. Stroll along the AuSable River on groomed paths and sturdy footbridges where you'll find four splendid waterfalls that plunge 600 feet over granite cliffs formed over a billion years ago by the forces of ice, water and wind. With interpretive signs along the way, visitors travel through an ancient forest, following the waters journey, over the falls and down into the dark pools and potholes below. In winter, experience a crystal wonderland as ice reshapes the cliffs around the waterfalls. Follow our maintained trails around the falls or hit our separate wooded snowshoe trail. Weekend visitors are also treated to a warming campfire and marshmallow roast. Gear, including alpine skis and snowboards, are available for rent. Summer offers a new palette of colors, scenery and activities. Enjoy hands-on nature activities like mining for gemstones and fossils. OPEN: Summer: First Saturday in May to the last Sunday in October. Winter: Late November through last Sunday in March. High Falls Gorge, located at 4761 Route 86, Wilmington, New York. Call 518-946-2278
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When can we go?

Summer: 9 AM - 4:30 PM, Winter 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Summer: May - October Winter: Late November - March

Teachers corner

Great educational experience. Geology and forestry is explained along the signs on the trail..

I'm Hungry!

River View Cafe offers easy to grab and go food..

Need a little extra help?

Handicapp accessable ramps, restrooms and trail system is available..

Baby Facilities

Baby change station in the Ladie's Room..

Can I get one of those?

Available in the gift shop..

What people are saying?

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    This is a nice scenic activity to do with the family. The trails are very safe and well maintained. Our three-year-old could handle it (we held his hand on the steps). It's nice to see the falls on the various overlooks.
    Being a tourist attraction, the cost is high, and I would not go again due to the price. I figured it wasn't too bad of an expense to do once while on vacation. It sure was convenient for the family.

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    I was ONLY able to visit for about a half hour, but I was able to grab photos that were amazing!! The entrance fee was well in line with a privately held parcel of property housing waterfalls as beautiful as these. I know i would probably charge much more, just for the amazing views from the cat walks lining the gorge!

    I have seen comments mentioning an "underwhelming" view. I have to say, after visiting well over 200 waterfalls inside of New York State, this was far more spectacular than "underwhelming".

    The family that owns and runs this property...Read More

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    Me and a buddy stopped here before going snowboarding for coffee. Service was great, the people were Friendly so it was worth it.

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    Adirondack region is beautiful! But High Falls Gorge is really just a TOURIST TRAP in an otherwise beautiful region! Paying just over 10 bucks per adult to see a falls area is way too much. There are so many other great areas to visit for free and trails to hike for free. Don't waste your time here, instead go explore the other parts of the region that will take your breath away! Not to mention the actual "falls" were underwhelming to say the least.

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    There is no charege to see it its right off the road with trails off to the left or right on either side of the bridge. I have gone there fore twenty years every summer.

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by Edward Smathers

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I was ONLY able to visit for about a half hour, but I was able to grab photos that were amazing!! The entrance fee was well in line with a privately held parcel of property housing waterfalls as beautiful as these. I know i would probably charge much more, just for the amazing views from the cat walks lining the gorge!

I have seen comments mentioning an "underwhelming" view. I have to say, after visiting well over 200 waterfalls inside of New York State, this was far more spectacular than "underwhelming".

The family that owns and runs this property seem to be driven by customer satisfaction, but I can see where that can fall a little short if a couple tour busses show up and barrage the guest center with enough tourist to almost max the fire code "persons standing" limit.

Altogether I would say that my visit left me wanting more visits in the future!! I will be returning many times in the future!!

PS - I co-authored and was principle photographer for "Waterfalls of New York State"

The Weather

Wednesday

Conditions: Snow Showers
Temp: 34° F / 1° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: SW - 3 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Snow Showers
Temp: 33° F / 1° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: W - 7 MPH

Friday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 38° F / 3° C
Humidity: 72 %
Wind: ESE - 3 MPH

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