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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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Watertown, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The gorge was nice. I wish the observation areas were a bit larger. The adults seemed to want to trample the younger kids trying to look or read the signs for the Junior Ranger quiz the park offers. The additional nature trail was a good little workout. It was nice to go "off the beaten path" and yet be close... More

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Middletown, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The price of admission is absolutely worth it. Don't even THINK of going without your camera--and a strap to hang on to the camera!!

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Mississauga, Canada
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

It was a nice place, clean and well kept. The trails were well laid out. I guess I was expecting more of a walk along lake for views. It would be a great place to go with a packed lunch to enjoy along the river. Wasn't bad, but $11 per adult was a bit steep.

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Charlton MA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

If you're looking for a nice short hike then this is the hike for you. It's well marked has great views, great falls and easy trail. The place is open in the winter where you can use snowshoes for walking. Not sure if they charge for them but I assume the walk would be great if you love snowshoeing. The... More

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Greensboro NC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

If you have seen your share elsewhere, skip it. If you haven't seen a lot, it is a great opportunity. The place is lovely, and very well maintained. I would not call it a tourist trap, because what you get for your 11 dollars is the real deal. Especially, if you or someone in your party is challenged to get... More

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Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Really close to Lake Placid (15 minutes drive) the main attraction is the waterfall but it offers some nice trails to lengthen the visit from 30 minutes to an hour. I particularly enjoyed the Adirondack chairs by the river at the end of the trail where you can just sit back and relax or eat your lunch there.

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Keene, New Hampshire
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is beautiful. Easy trails for those who can't do any heavy duty hiking. Wish it was a little more into the fall colors, but still beautiful.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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68 reviews 68 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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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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