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High Falls Gorge

4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington, NY 12946
518-946-2278
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Owner description: Suddenly, you are worlds away, strolling through pristine forests and intimately close to four splendid waterfalls. Arrive curious, leave transformed... more » Owner description: Suddenly, you are worlds away, strolling through pristine forests and intimately close to four splendid waterfalls. Arrive curious, leave transformed by the forces of nature that created this spectacle. Eight miles East of Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge is an affordable way to relax and refresh among some of the most stunning sights in the Adirondacks. « less
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Buffalo, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

High Falls Gorge is a privately-owned nature park on Highway 86 between Wilmington, New York, and Lake Placid. The non-strenuous walk along the beautiful Ausable River and down into the gorge does not involve heavy slogging and huffing and puffing. The trails and walkways afford great closeup views of rushing water, waterfalls, and, if you’re lucky, wildlife. (We spotted a... More

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Stirling
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67 reviews 67 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Loved this little spot. We had a great afternoon with our family at this spot. The falls were fabulous and i love that river the way it follows the road. So scenic. Cute gift shop too

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Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The walkways are very well maintained, with little seating areas to relax on Adirondack chairs. The views of the falls are superb, photo ops many and the route is easy, although quite a few steps. The best is that the route takes you in a circle so that you do not have to retrace your steps. We loved it!

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North Arlington, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I am hobbyist photographer and I travel around the north east for waterfall and nature photography. I will rate this location '3 to 3.5' at best. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mkfsh/sets/72157633393420625 Views and arrangements are good for a "Free" attraction (which it is not) but average at best for a "Paid" attraction. You can get a lot more (and better) in the upstate New... More

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toronto
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Easy to find, ample parking, cute gift shop and café, helpful and friendly staff. The big draw of course are the falls, but the walk along the pathways and bridges is the main event - easy to follow, interesting facts along the way and not too taxing for those who don't love walking. Really worth seeing

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Herndon, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was a great experience that was easy to find, easy to navigate and exciting to see. It was a beautiful day which added to the experience. The walk around the falls was great and over the falls was fun, if not a bit nerve wracking for someone who doesn't like heights. There are stairs to climb if you want... More

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buffalo
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Would go back........ hiked the whole place...... Really good time.Falls was breath taking. Do not miss the small falls on the hiking trail.

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Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

I have to start by saying I'm not a fan of paying to see nature at its finest, but after reading the reviews of others on Trip Advisor my husband and I decided to make a stop at High Falls Gorge while visiting the Lake Placid area. We are so glad we did. The falls are amazing and the walkways... More

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We had not planned to visit the gorge, but had room in our day which was rainy off and on. We decided to chance the short trail in between showers and were pleased that most of the trail is mostly protected, so we didn't get soaked. It was a joy to be able to get so close to the falls... More

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Riverhead, NY
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I know some people complained about this being too short of an attraction for the price - I found it worth $40 for us and our two kids. The falls and river are beautiful. Very easy to walk also, and well designed - other than a couple of staircases, young kids should not have a problem. Lots of benches to... More

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