Tuesday, November 4, 2014

High Falls Gorge

If your going to be in the New York Adirondack Mountains, High Falls Gorge is a fun place to visit and see.  This was actually one of those places I accidentally happened upon as I was driving and exploring the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, not to far from the Lake Placid area.



This is actually a privately owned park, so you must go inside their visitor center first and pay a fee to walk the trails.  It's a little pricey to go, I believe I paid $11.  However, for a one time experience I felt it was worth it.  You can find more information HERE.



High Falls Gorge has 4 main waterfalls, that are all accessible by foot.  They have 3 trail systems depending on what you would like to do.  Anywhere from 1/4th of a mile, 1/2 mile or 1 mile.



Granite cliffs, and lush forests surround you as you walk along the gorge.  Their are stairs and rails to hold onto as you get down near the cliffs.  It's actually all really pretty safe, even if you look at the stair system in my pictures and think otherwise.

Yeah that is me, I rarely get shots of myself on these trips.  But
fortunately I brought someone with me on this one, so I could be in a few pics:)


The falls may not normally look like this.  I visited during the spring when they were having a little bit of flooding in the area, so there was a lot more water rushing through the gorge at that time.



They also have a small mining operation going on.  You can sign up to do this yourself.  Although I did not do this, but I think for kids it would be a lot of fun.


There really are some breathtaking views.  Although as I walked out onto the ledges (when I visited) the water spray was quite significant.  So I was thankful I brought a camera lens cleaning cloth with me.  However, as you can see in the pictures, a few of them I had to hurry and take before the spray built up on the lens too much:)



It was a great little surprise place to come upon, and I am only showing a couple of pictures.  There are actually dozens more photo opportunities in some unique and beautiful settings!



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