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“Beautiful falls, nice paths, helpful signs”
Review of High Falls Gorge

High Falls Gorge
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: GET A GREAT VIEW WITHOUT THE HIKE. This privately owned 22 acre park is open for spring, summer, fall and winter seasons. 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. Half mile round trip walk to see the waterfalls takes 30-45 minutes. One mile nature trail for additional walking in summer and snowshoeing in winter. Wheelchair accessible in part. Adirondack style gift shop. River View Cafe with delicious light fare, beer and wines. Located just 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. To get correct answers to your questions about our facility please call us at our phone number listed. The forum on Trip Advisor will give out incorrect information.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Nice views along the trails. Had an easy path and a more strenuous path well marked. Had signs along the way explaining plants, trees and interesting facts about the falls themselves. Did not know that the Adirondack Park was maintained by private groups, entities and local government not federally ran. The price was a little steep but hopefully was used for more than just the owners pockets.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Visited with my 9 year old daughter who loves rocks. The walkway was well kept and it has some clear fiberglass for viewing the rushing water beneath your feet. The main attraction was a little shorter than we hoped but we walked the optional hiking trails on the property. We loved it as the path was full of downed yellow leaves and the path was well marked. We didn't think about the possibility of wild animals until we were back in the gift shop where my daughter panned for gems. The folks in the gift shop could have been a bit cheerier though. Took us about an hour and a half to see everything. Cost $21 for the both of us plus the cost of the large bag of gems.

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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We just completed a great driving tour with stops at Whiteface Mountain and High Falls Gorge. I would suggest this route to anybody if you are looking for beautiful peaks, vistas, farm scenes and forests.

Leave Saranac Lake on Rt. 86 past Lake Colby on the left. You will pass Donnelly's Corner Ice Cream (closes at the beginning of September) on the left which has one of the most sweeping mountain views in New York. The parking lot is a great photo op location.

Continue on Rt. 86 until you reach the T at Bloomingdale - Gabriel's Rd. (Rt. 55) where you should turn right. When you get to Bloomingdale, turn left at the main intersection and immediately pull into the parking lot of Norman's General Store on the left. We were told by the owner that the store was established in 1904 by his father and is now run by himself and his son. The store still has original decor and equipment (walk-in meat cooler, chopping block, coffee grinder, safe, etc.). It was quite interesting speaking with the owners.

When leaving the parking lot continue on Rt. 3 toward Vermontville. Before you get to Vermontville, turn right onto Norman's Ridge Road. This road is known in the area for its old family farm (with buffalo) and its views of Whiteface Mountain. At the end of Norman's Ridge Road, turn left onto Fletcher Farm Road. Turn right onto Franklin Falls Road, then left at the falls (on the left) onto Rt. 48 (You will see the pond across the road to the right where there is a pull-off for taking pictures.)

From the parking lot at the pond turn right onto Rt. 48. The first right will still be Rt. 48 but is also known as Franklin Falls Road. This road turns into Gillespie Drive, then Whiteface Mountain Road, and takes you up the back side of Whiteface Mountain through forests and farm lands. At the T turn right to go onto Whiteface Veteran's Memorial Highway to Whiteface Mountain Summit (fee charged at the Gate House). The view up the road are beautiful. There are many stops along the way which offer great photo ops.

Upon leaving Whiteface Mountain go straight onto Rt. 431 which will take you to Wilmington. At the intersection you will see "Candy Man" Adirondack candy store. Wilmington also is the home of one of the last A&W Root Beer stand (closed at the time of our trip). When leaving the candy store, turn left onto Rt. 86 which will take you through Wilmington Notch past Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

Shortly thereafter you will see High Falls Gorge on your right. After paying an admission fee you have access to a picnic area, Ausable River Mining Company, which offers a trough of running water where you can sift out gemstones, arrow-heads and fossils from your bag of soil, and the 1/2 mile well maintained trail into the middle of the waterfalls. The trail offers excellent views of the falls from the walkways and steel bridges as well as iformational signs explaining things along the way. They also offer a nature trail through the forest, which is not wheelchair accessible. The water level in the river was low this fall, but the falls was still beautiful. I can only imagine what it is like in the spring when the water is running full.

Continue on Rt 86 which will lead you to Lake Placid and then back to Saranac Lake.

I hope you enjoy your day as much as we did.

Thank infotohelp
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Did this with my teenage sons and had a great time. The falls are amazing and make for great pictures. For the 4 of us it was $48 which I thought was a little high but it is a resort area and you have to except it. Has a store to purchase stuff, drinks and has a bathroom.

Thank dmart82
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

At first it might seem a bit pricey, but the layout of the walkways is great and the venue is meticulously maintained. The circular nature trail is also a very nice hike. A great spot to enjoy fall weather.

Thank millhann
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