High Falls Gorge (A Hike & Photo Story)
This 22 acre nature park located in Wilmington, NY is the perfect destination for an easy, family-friendly walk in the woods and past four scenic waterfalls. High Falls Gorge is located at the foot of Whiteface Mountain and is the perfect quick stop when visiting Whiteface and the Lake Placid area.
How To Get There
High Falls Gorge is located off of Route 86 in Wilmington, NY. High Falls Gorge is easily accessible by car and there is free parking on the premises.
4761 NYS Route 86
Wilmington, NY 12997
How Much Time Should You Plan?
The walkthrough takes about 30 minutes to complete. There is also a cafe and gift shop to explore, so if you plan on visiting those you can add on another half hour to hour.
- Jan. 1st to March 15th: Friday-Tuesday 9am to 4pm
- March 16th to June 5th: Closed
- June 6th to October 25th: Friday-Tuesday 9am to 4pm
- Oct. 26-Dec. 31st: Closed
***Hours may vary. Be sure to check the website before visiting***
Admission is $13 for ages 12+ and $10 for ages 4-12
The High Falls GorgeTrail
The High Falls Gorge Trail is a 1 mile loop trail with areas of elevation gain and loss that is easily doable for hikers of all abilities. The gains are often accompanied with wooden staircases, making them easy to navigate. The trail begins with a bridge crossing the Ausable River. Along the bridge you can get some great photos of the river and surrounding terrain, especially in the fall months when the vibrant colors line the river.
Continuing on you will come across a mostly flat trail that will take you along a wooded area and river and past Main Falls.
Located along the trail you will find many signs providing history and interesting facts about the area.
Next, you’ll across a wooden bridge where you will pass a lookout near the Master Pothole, Rainbow Falls, and Climax Falls. You will come across another bridge, which will take you back to the other side of the river and back up towards Main Falls.
There are four waterfalls located along the trail.
Rainbow & Climax Waterfall
You can find two areas along the trail-The Master Pothole located near Mini Falls and the Porridge Potholes located near Main Falls.
The majority of the trail along the waterfalls is a wooden pathway with stairs, making it easy terrain for children. Parts of the trail line the gorge and waterfalls, while other parts cut back into the wooded areas surrounding the gorge.
There are two sections of the trail that have a glass floor that you can walk out on to see the gorge beneath you. This is not for me, but if it doesn’t get your nerves going it is a great overlook of the gorge.
The Nature Trail
In addition to the one mile trail that follows along the river and waterfalls, there is a one mile nature trail that is suited for beginner to intermediate level hikers with steep inclines and uneven surfaces.
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