OK Slip Falls

Ray Brook, New York

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After many years of waiting, we can now see the tallest waterfall in New York State at the end of a trail through a former logging district. By Adirondack standards, the 3-mile (one way) trail to OK Slip Falls is a walk in the park with a big, big payoff the first close-up views hikers have ever had of the tallest waterfall in New York State. Cascading 250 feet, this magnificent waterfall suddenly appears as you come off a pair of switchbacks at the end of the trail, a sight that had been denied hikers for more than a century as a large corporation held private ownership of this land. Purchased by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in 2007 and sold to New York State in 2013, OK Slip Falls and the surrounding 161,000 acres are now part of the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. It took another year for the state to complete this well-marked, nicely maintained trail—one just rugged enough to feel like an adventurous hike while easy enough for families to bring their children to see the spectacle of falling water.
Hiking through History New York

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Hiking through History New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

After many years of waiting, we can now see the tallest waterfall in New York State at the end of a trail through a former logging district. By Adirondack standards, the 3-mile (one way) trail to OK Slip Falls is a walk in the park with a big, big payoff the first close-up views hikers have ever had of the tallest waterfall in New York State. Cascading 250 feet, this magnificent waterfall suddenly appears as you come off a pair of switchbacks at the end of the trail, a sight that had been denied hikers for more than a century as a large corporation held private ownership of this land.

Purchased by the Adirondack Nature Conservancy in 2007 and sold to New York State in 2013, OK Slip Falls and the surrounding 161,000 acres are now part of the Hudson Gorge Wilderness Area. It took another year for the state to complete this well-marked, nicely maintained trail—one just rugged enough to feel like an adventurous hike while easy enough for families to bring their children to see the spectacle of falling water.

© 2016 Randi Minetor /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ray Brook
Distance: 6.4
Elevation Gain: 331 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), Region 5, 1115 NY 86, Ray Brook 12977; (518) 8971200; www.dec.ny.gov
Local Maps: Available online at www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/okslptrailmp.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to OK Slip Falls

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