Roaring Brook Falls

Roaring Brook Falls, Keene Valley: Address, Phone Number, Roaring Brook Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Roaring Brook Falls
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lnglgs
St. Petersburg, FL19 contributions
Easy hike well worth the walk.
Sep 2021
A short hike that has a you can go to the top or stay at the bottom option, I recommend it for anyone who just wants to see a nice place just off the main road. I have a hip that acts up occasionally, & even with that issue it was a nice walk. Recommend for all.
Written October 15, 2021
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NF2013_13
Orlando, FL595 contributions
Short, pretty hike
Sep 2021
A short .3-mile one-way hike to the lower falls (there is a path to the upper falls but you don't see much of the falls from there). While there wasn't alot of water at this Falls, it was still a very nice hike and pretty trail. To get to the lower falls where you an actually stand in front of it and see it, you must cross the creek. It's certainly doable, just use some rocks at stepping stones and it's safe to do so. Our little mixed-terrier rescue is a rock-jumping fool so thoroughly enjoyed the hike. The Falls is located off the High Peaks Scenic Byway between North Hudson and Lake Placid.
Written September 30, 2021
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theoljohnnyboy
New Florence, PA1,296 contributions
RBF
Sep 2021
Easy hike to this impressive falls. Parking is free, and it is nice that there is a port a john on site. please be advised that there is no cell service at this location, so have all of your mapping in order before you get here! The best views are had by scrambling across the stream.
Written September 3, 2021
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funnywriter
New York194 contributions
An Exhilirating Experience
Aug 2020
You can get up close and personal with this lovely waterfall. An easy hike will take you alongside its rapids, passing through a dense forest until you come to the base of the cascade. Give yourself some time to bask in the power of the rushing water.
Written August 17, 2020
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Joan R
Lake Orion, Michigan, United States95 contributions
Easy walk - mostly smooth.
Sep 2019
This is a 0.3 mile walkover pretty smooth paths to get to the bottom of the falls. Mostly flat until you get toward the falls itself and then it rises up a hill and gets a ot more rocky -but not too bad. The water flow was really low and this would be a lot better in the spring when the run-off is in full tilt. We enjoyed the walk - but the falls were pretty weak at this time of year.
Written September 30, 2019
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JARtraveler29
Plymouth, MI306 contributions
Nice side trip
Jun 2019 • Family
This is a nice 5-10 minute hike from the parking area. Dirt path fairly flat with only a few minor hills. The waterfall is prettiest from the other side of the river so we wadded in really cold water and then climbed up a rock to see it better. Also, if you turn left out of the parking area and go up the hill, there is a beautiful waterfall visible from the road.
Written June 13, 2019
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Josh A
Keene Valley, NY172 contributions
Great beautiful hike
Aug 2018 • Family
This is a great quick hike. The walk through the woods is a beautiful as the Falls themselves. If you are driving by just stop and enjoy it.
Written August 28, 2018
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dandeb4ever
Canaan, CT46 contributions
Great short hike
Aug 2017 • Couples
We are lucky enough to have a home in Keene Valley, and this is a sure thing for a quick hike with great reward. As with many of these mountains you will run into other folks that’s just the nature of the beast up here. (Summer) Just take your time and enjoy the view. Maybe you’ll get lucky enough to see the falls raging.
Written May 1, 2018
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KatieLadyy88
Syracuse, NY28 contributions
Nice Quick Hike
Apr 2018
Very nice hike, the falls are more beautiful in person than I could have imagined. We hiked to the bottom and then hiked to the top. I would say the ascent to the top is moderate at the steepest sections. Trail to the bottom is easy.
Written April 17, 2018
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DenneKV
Keene Valley, NY135 contributions
The Changing Landscape
Aug 2017 • Solo
How can you rate a natural wonder that is constantly changing? Or one that is so large, you can't see it all unless you are a good distance away! Like the analogy of blind men examining an elephant, each one standing at different locations around its huge body - and each describing a different part of the huge beast!

This comes to mind because a friend who grew up not far from the falls asked me about it this week, saying she couldn't 'find' it on her recent trip up to the St Hubert's/Keene Valley! Stunned, I had to visualize what she was saying...where did the Falls go?? The answer lies in the words 'Hurricane Irene!' When the water flooded down the Falls and joined the other streams during Irene, new river beds were cut, totally changing the look of the whole Ausable riverbed where Route 73 goes through. In fact, a whole new stream bed was created just north of the Giant Mountain/Roaring Brook Falls parking lot! Now, when you drive South, you can clearly see this large, rocky stream bed from the road but no Falls! You also cannot see the Falls from the parking lot as you are up too close to the base. Indeed, you have to look very closely ( preferably while someone else is driving) towards the Giant side of the road to catch a glimpse of this tall, gleaming, rock-strewn Falls. While driving, look for the pull offs and parking spots where you can leave the car and walk up or down the road to find a good viewing spot for picture taking!

But all falls depend upon lots of water to be spectacular. So the best time to observe the Falls is springtime, or after a heavy rain. On the other hand, the best time to walk the trails (do not climb the rocks - dangerous) would be when the weather has been dry. The purpose of getting to the top of the Falls is the view! And that is well worth the climb!

This walk is great for all ages, but especially active children who can walk a mile or so and can/will follow directions! There are various spots to rest and look at the vistas. Bring your own snacks and water - do not drink the water from the stream without specific water filtering device. Wear a hat and sneakers; no flip-flops! Always carry the usual First Aid supplies, bug dope, sun screen, etc! Take your time- the trail is steep in spots. Be very careful taking photos of of yourself and others! Several deaths have occurred because someone 'stepped back to get a better view', sad to say. Allow plenty of time to descend before it gets dark! And never leave anything behind: carry in-carry out!

If you don't like heights, find that viewing spot on the road! You will not feel comfortable on the rocks!

If you want to make a long day or weekend of visiting Falls, you will find several along Route 73 towards Lake Placid and 9N towards Jay (covered bridge) and Keeseville, where you can spend a couple of hours at the Ausable Chasm. Have a great trip!
Written September 7, 2017
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