High Falls Gorge
High Falls Gorge
4761 NYS Route 86
Wilmington, NY 12946
High Falls Gorge Description
Serene scenerey along the Ausable River makes the drive here alone worth the visit. Once inside, the river gets a whole new look, with a maze of high, wooden catwalks that lead you to cascading waterfalls and spectacular crow's-nest views of the gorge below. No question, you're way up there. But the enclosed walkways (protected with fencing you can see through) makes it possible even for acrophobes to enjoy.
Babies: The enclosed pathways make bringing a baby doable, but you won't be able to take a stroller.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Protected walkways definitely add secruity for tots. As one mom put it, "If the fences weren't here, I'd be freaking out." Steep stairs may still be an issue, however. If you're worried, follow signs for the easy route from which you'll still get to appreciate the gorge from a lovely bridge.
Pre-Teens & Teens: The entrance doesn't do the place justice, hiding the chasm that lies beyond. Older kids may initally be unimpressed, but rest assured, it will be worth their time.
- Short walk. The trail's barely a mile, but there are plenty of places you'll want to stop to stretch out and enjoy the experience.
- Discount trip. The gorge is one of three attractions — the others being Natural Stone Bridge and Caves and Ausable Chasm — that offer discounts for visiting the trio. Ask when you buy tickets.
- Winter wonderland. In colder months, the gorge is a great place for snow shoeing with snow-shoe rentals available right on site.
- Come early. Last admission is one hour before closing.
Just the Facts
Hours: May through June and Sepember through October, daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; July through August, daily 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; late November through late December, . Mon., Tue., Fri., Sat., Sun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; late December through March, daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed early Nov.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours