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“Un believably exciting”
Review of Ausable Chasm

Ausable Chasm
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Owner description: Ausable Chasm, open since 1870, is the oldest and largest natural attraction in the Adirondacks. More than 10 million visitors have explored the chasm on the well-maintained scenic nature trails. Scenic vistas, bridges and stairs throughout provide stunning views of the chasm and amazing waterfalls. More tours and adventures than any other Adirondack natural attraction including: float tours (via raft), tubing, rappelling, rock climbing, lantern tours and the all new Adventure Trail (via feratta/cable course). Great options for families of all ages as well as for the more adventurous! Cafe, gift shop, campground, cabins & motel on-site.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Un believably exciting”
Reviewed January 13, 2012

Great place to spend the day and plan on the raft trip great fun

Visited October 2011
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Georgetown, Texas
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137 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Awesome place!”
Reviewed October 31, 2011

This is a beautiful natural wonder and not to be missed in upstate NY. My BF was a child in Keeseville and had not been back so we were there on a nostalgia tour. Ausable Chasm is gorgeous and the fall colors are amazing in October. Be sure you go before 3:00 PM - they close at 4:30 and you cannot do the minimum 2-hour walk!! If you miss the deadline you can still walk to the falls and up to Elephant Head so all is not lost but I'd recommend going in the morning or by noon at the latest.

Visited October 2011
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Montreal, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“If you love being part of nature, this is a place to go.”
Reviewed October 4, 2011

What a wonderful time spent there walking the narrow trails, listening to the water flowing down and between the chasm. The sign posts are well indicated with directions and information. Really feel part of nature here. You can take a guided tour or self tour. go tubing or rafting.The park is well taken care of. At the end of the trail there's a mini bus that comes and picks you up to take you back to the start point. The visitor's entrance (log house) is well appointed with a mini-restaurant, clean bathrooms, guides, helpful staff, a store, a replica of gold mining and rocking chairs on the screened porch, so quaint. There's a children's play area on the premises with a few picnic tables. One can make this into a whole day event and even stay at an onsite motel or just 2 hours for walking the trails and then drive the 15 min into plattsburgh for shopping, or take the ferry into Vermont close to Burlington which is a better destination for shopping and visiting Stowe etc. I'd like to mention though for people with leg problems, i don't recommend walking 2 of the 3 trails because there are many narrow steps one must climb up and down.

Visited August 2011
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place - however plan only a night's stay”
Reviewed September 6, 2011

Visited Ausable Chasm on the labour day weekend of 2011. It was fun. The place is nice and great if you want to spend time close to nature. There are great hiking and biking trails. However most of them were closed this weekend due to flooding caused by Irene. Had all the trails been opened it would be more fun. I would however suggest that you plan only 1 night's stay there. More than that can get a little boring. There is rafting and tubing down the ausable river. The ride is exciting but it is just too short. You need water shoes for tubing however rafting does not require any footwear. You can choose to wear your own shoes or even go barefoot. You can also carry a backpack on the raft if you are carrying one on your hike. There is a bus that drops you off at the beginning of the trail once you get off the raft. We stayed at the Villa motel which is nice. Nothing great but a very decent, clean place to stay for the night. Food options are limited near the Chasm but there are some good places to eat in Plattesburg about 15 miles from there. Its a great place for if you want to spent laid back time close to nature.

Visited September 2011
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Granger, In
Level 6 Contributor
75 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Wish I could have spent more time here”
Reviewed September 5, 2011

Ausable Chasm is very close to Plattsburgh and well worth the trip. My regret is I didn't have enough time to fully explore this scenic wonder. The insider vistors center has a resturant and gift shop and looks like you steped back into the 50's or 60's. Great for families.

Visited August 2011
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