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High Falls Gorge

One of the Adirondacks most breathtaking 30-minute walks. In the shadow of Whiteface Mountain, visitors to High Falls Gorge in Wilmington take a nature walk to view the Ausable River as it spills over ancient granite cliffs, formed over a billion years ago by the forces of ice, water and wind. Sturdy bridges, walkways and groomed paths allow visitors to enjoy self-guided tours to view the beautiful waterfalls, dark pools and one of New York's largest pot holes.

In the winter, come for a nature walk and see the spectacular ice formations on all four waterfalls. The beginner to intermediate snowshoeing program, separate from the waterfalls, includes a one-mile trail and easy-to-use snowshoes for rent and sale. An in-house ski shop also rents alpine skiing equipment for use at Whiteface Mountain Ski Center.

Located at 4761 Route 86, 8 miles east of Lake Placid, High Falls Gorge is open all 4 seasons. The summer season runs daily from the first Saturday in May through the last Sunday in October. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM, with the last admission sold at 4:30 PM. Hours are extended, 9 AM to 5:30 PM, with the last ticket sold at 5 PM during July and August. Winter Season runs five days per week from Thanksgiving through Christmas and daily from Christmas to the last Sunday in March. For additional information, call 518-946-2278, or visit the Web site at

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