Natural Wonders Loop

Some of our most dramatic destinations along the Adirondack Coast. Behold the glory of the "Grand Canyon of the East," Au Sable Chasm, with multiple ways to enjoy the different vantage points and backdrops. Try hiking to the glorious viewpoint of the Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain summit.

Put a pioneer cabin into the frame with a visit to the 1812 Homestead in Willsboro. Snap a photo of the opposite shore with a visit to the Essex Ferry.

Approximate travel time: 3 hours 

Length: 100 miles

Directions: From Lake Placid, take Route 86 north, then continue on through Wilmington onto Bonnieview Road. Go east on County Route 1/Silver Lake Road to Keeseville, stopping at Au Sable Chasm for a spectacular view of the natural wonder. South of Keeseville, take Route 22 over to Willsboro and down the lakeshore into the historic hamlet of Essex, where you can continue right to the lake on Lakeshore Drive into Westport. Follow Route 9N from Westport to Elizabethtown and pick-up Route 73, heading back north to Lake Placid.

Highlights and side trips: Au Sable Chasm (Au Sable Chasm)

Poke-o-Moonshine Mountain (Keeseville)

Essex Ferry (Essex)


Ausable Chasm Bridge photo courtesy John Weiss. Poke-a-Moonshine tower photo courtesy Adirondack Explorer.

Essex farmland photo courtesy Gary Randorf.

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