High Falls Gorge

  • 4761 Route 86

High Falls Gorge is the Adirondacks' most breathtaking, year-round, 30-minute walk. Witness four majestic waterfalls cascading over rocks into a deep crevice carved a billion years ago, learn about all the natural wonders of the falls, grab a bite to eat at the River View Café, and browse the gift shop. Just a short drive from Lake Placid and one mile from Whiteface Mountain Ski Resort, this is the perfect stop for half a day or half an hour.

With sturdy bridges, glass floor walkways, and groomed paths and hiking trails, High Falls Gorge is accessible to all ages. A quarter-mile round trip, wheelchair accessible path brings guests to the center of the falls, while a half-mile round-trip trail brings guests on foot to steel bridges and walkways for a close-up view of the falls. Don't miss out on High Falls Gorge in the winter; set out on the walking trail to experience spectacular ice formations with complimentary traction for your footware. On weekends and holidays follow your walk with a campfire and marshmallow toasting.

Take a break at the River View Café at High Falls Gorge and enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, baked goods, regional craft beer, and a great selection of New York State wines. Gluten free selections are available! During the summer, order food from the River View Café and take it to enjoy at the scenic picnic area along the Ausable River.

Round out your trip to High Falls Gorge with a visit to the gift shop full of items that reflect the beauty and nature of High Falls Gorge and the Adirondacks. Find regional books, locally made souvenirs, home decor, clothes, gear, and more!

Groups are welcome and special rates are available! This spot is perfect for senior groups looking for a relaxing trip with accessible views of the falls, good food, and shopping. School groups and camps can travel back in time as they learn about the wonders of nature at High Falls Gorge. Rock strata, glaciers, volcanic upheaval, and the Adirondacks’ largest pothole!