Waterfall Challenge Tour

Waterfall Challenge Tour

The Hamilton County Waterfall Challenge

Take the Waterfall Challenge

The best way to see all of our waterfalls is to knock them out one by one. Start by downloading the Waterfall Challenge guide, which will tell you all about some of the best falls in the area. You'll find easy-to-reach roadside cascades and out-of-the-way backcountry tumblers, each assigned with a points rating. If you visit enough to earn 12 points, send in the form to receive a commemorative Hamilton County waterfall patch as a token of your accomplishment.

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Bray House Falls (a.k.a. The Potholers)Arietta


Powley Road(518) 548-3076

The area is a beautiful spot for a picnic and is easily accessed via a short walk upstream. Hiking This especially interesting section of East Canada Creek has a series of waterfalls, chutes, and potholes that drop more than 15 feet. The bubbling waters and pebbles have worn deep depressions into the rock stream bed. How to get there The falls are 10.5 miles southwest of Piseco Lake. From Speculator, head west on state Route 8 and drive 12.2 miles to Route 10, and make a left heading south...
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West Stony Creek FallsBenson


Benson Road(518) 548-3076

This fairly level walk takes you along an old dirt road for 1.5 miles (one way) to a small 4 ft cascade on a medium size stream along the Northville-Placid Trail at it's southern end. It is located downstream from a rustic log footbridge that crosses West Stony Creek. Although small in size, the waterfalls and surrounding area is very picturesque and worth the trip. Difficulty Level: Moderate Getting there 10.2 miles southwest of Wells or 9.5 miles northwest of Northville. From...
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Groff Creek FallsHope


768-812 River Rd

There are a series of 3 waterfalls along the Groff Creek, all of which take some extra effort to see. The first 2 are more difficult to get to than the 3rd. From the trailhead, it is a 1.8 mile hike to the top of the series of 3 waterfalls. The first waterfall, 30 feet high, can be heard at approximately 1.6 miles from the trailhead. Scramble down to the stream to view the falls. Follow the stream further upstream to reach the other 2 waterfalls; both require a hike downhill to see them....
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Falls on the West Branch of the Sacandaga River and Cold Brook FallsWells


West River Road(518) 548-3076

This is a 2.5 mile hike one way over uneven terrain to the West Branch Gorge, and should only be taken mid-summer when the water levels are low. These falls on the West Branch cascade through a narrow gorge of the West Branch of the Sacandaga River. Access: From the trailhead, hike approximately 0.6 mile, where the path takes a left. Follow the path and cross Hamilton Lake Stream at 1.2 miles, which will be difficult in high water. Continue and cross Cold Brook at 1.8 miles, where you can see...
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East Jimmy Creek FallsWells


Route 8(518) 548-3076

Jimmy Creek contains 2 lovely, small waterfalls and both are a short walk in from Route 8. This falls is very picturesque for its small size, and less than 200 yards from the road. You'll find a series of small drops and flows upstream from the main falls that are also worth looking for. The first waterfall is near the beginning of the hike. The second is just upstream and towers 10 feet over the surrounding area, plunging into a small swimming hole at its base. Getting there The falls...
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Griffin FallsWells


Route 8(518) 548-3076

Enjoy an 8 foot cascading waterfall on the East Branch of the Sacandaga River. This scenic spot features several drops and many pothole, which were created as turbulent waters and rocks moved over the area. Enjoy the geologic wonders of this waterfall and then take a dip in the small swimming hole at the base.  Hiking The falls area consists of several drops, large blocks, and many potholes. Swimming A small swimming hole sits at the base of the falls. How to get there 6.0 miles NE...
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Auger Falls LoopSpeculator


Route 8/30(518) 548-3076

Hiking Auger Falls Trail extends 0.4 mile from the Augur Falls trailhead to the banks of the Sacandaga River and Augur Falls, descending 70 feet in the first 0.25 mile. How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for just under 8.5 miles to a unmarked gravel road on the left. Trail Description The parking area is along the dirt road, which is part of the loop. The main parking area is to the left right off Route 30/8...
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Austin FallsWells



Austin Falls is a long, sliding waterfall, that's surrounded by beautiful rock formations and does not require a long hike to reach. The river is calm above the falls, but as the sides of the stream narrow and the elevation drops 40 feet in a couple hundred yards over a rocky base, the water accelerates rapidly, creating a spectacular water show. A large rock near the base of the falls hurls the water several feet into the air like a natural fountain. Getting there The falls are located...
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Christine FallsSpeculator


Route 30(518) 548-3076

So close the falls can be heard from the parking area. From Route 30, just east of the village of Speculator, these falls -- that's right, plural! -- are easily accessible and are a great place to stretch your legs. Need to cool off? The two falls drop approximately 20 feet to a fantastic swimming hole. This spot truly feels like a hidden oasis. Hiking How to get there From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 8 in Speculator, follow Route 8/30 toward Wells. Continue for 3.6...
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Whiskey Brook FallsSpeculator


Route 30(518) 548-3076

Hiking This very small and easily accessible Adirondack hiking gem sits right along the eastern (right) side of the road. The falls is 5 to 6 feet tall and is surrounded by large boulders. How to get there 2.0 miles N of Speculator: From the intersection of Route 8 and Route 30 in Speculator drive 2.2 miles N. on Route 30 and look off to the right for the stream which flows under Rte 30 through a large culvert. Pull off to the right, park, and follow the southern bank of the creek upstream...
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Dug Mountain Brook FallsSabael


State Route 30(518) 548-3076

This falls is located on the south end of Indian Lake, best reached by canoe from the Indian Lake Islands DEC boat launch. There is a small falls where the brook enters the lake, and a larger 40 foot falls further upstream to the east. Difficulty:  Difficult Getting there From Speculator, drive north on Route 30 for 12 miles to the DEC Indian Lake Islands boat launch on the right. Paddle 2 miles across the lake and veer around “Long Island” to the right, heading southwest...
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Squaw Brook FallsIndian Lake


State Route 30 South(518) 548-3076

Hiking Squaw Brook Falls is a small roadside waterfall located in a rocky gorge formed on the Squaw Brook. Land surrounding the falls is private, no trespassing please. Trailhead Drive south on Route 30 from Indian Lake for 3.5 miles to a small bridge. The falls lies between the road and Indian Lake, to the east of the road. You can view the falls and gorge from the bridge. The land surrounding the falls is private, so please don'€™t trespass.
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OK Slip FallsIndian Lake


Route 28(518) 548-3076

Hiking OK Slip Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Adirondacks. In the summer of 2014, a new trail to the falls opened, making this hidden gem accessible to the public for the first time. The spectacular waterfall has become an extremely popular hiking destination. How to Get There The parking area for OK Slip Falls, in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area, is located 7.5 miles east of the intersection of Routes 30 and 28 in Indian Lake on the south side of Route 28 at the end of a...
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Death Falls (a.k.a. Secret Falls)Raquette Lake


Route 28(518) 548-3076

Hiking Don't be afraid of the name. This short hike is an excellent destination hike for the entire family. How to get there From the intersection of Route 28 and Route 30 in the Town of Long Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake. In Blue Mountain Lake follow Route 28 toward Raquette Lake for just under 10-miles to the trailhead. This trailhead is located on the left about 0.3 miles past the entrance to Golden Beach Campground. Look for a metal gate across a dirt access road...
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Limekiln FallsInlet


Limekiln Lake Road(518) 548-3076

Hiking On this walk you'll find a series of falls flowing along the trail, which is surrounded by a white cedar and hemlock forest. The falls are 15 feet wide and almost a half-mile long. Trailhead Head south on Route 28 in Inlet for 0.8 mile and make a right at the golf course to head south on Limekiln Road. Drive for another 1.8 miles to the Limekiln Lake DEC Campground entrance. The trail starts at campsite #87. Travel across the large, open field to find a register box at the old...
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Cascade Lake Loop and FallsInlet


Big Moose Road(518) 548-3076

The outlet on the far end of the loop houses a wonderful 40-foot waterfall, which is worth the trip in itself. A well-worn side trail leads about 100 feet to the base of the falls. The falls themselves are nearly vertical and are stunning. Since this feature is about half way through the hiking loop, it makes for a good place to rest. Sit on the rocks near the base and enjoy the sights and sounds of the waterfall. Hiking The trail starts out following the course of Big Moose Road and quickly...
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