Ausable Chasm Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls

Ausable Chasm, New York

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Get ready to explore one of the Adirondacks’ most famous landmarks. Ausable Chasm: The name itself conjures up images of high stone walls, winding trails, narrow passages, 500-million-year-old rock faces, mysterious caves, and gently flowing waters. That’s exactly what Irishman William Gilliland discovered in 1765 when he took a boat up the west shore of Lake Champlain and glided into this almost mystical place on the Ausable River. Hearing of his discovery, settlers soon followed to make the most of the dependable waterpower and the abundant Atlantic salmon that swam up the river to spawn within the gorge. Mills, lumber industry operations, iron ore mining and processing, and nail manufacturing moved into the area to make the most of its bountiful natural resources—all powered by the two waterfalls you came here to see: Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

Get ready to explore one of the Adirondacks’ most famous landmarks. Ausable Chasm: The name itself conjures up images of high stone walls, winding trails, narrow passages, 500-million-year-old rock faces, mysterious caves, and gently flowing waters. That’s exactly what Irishman William Gilliland discovered in 1765 when he took a boat up the west shore of Lake Champlain and glided into this almost mystical place on the Ausable River.

Hearing of his discovery, settlers soon followed to make the most of the dependable waterpower and the abundant Atlantic salmon that swam up the river to spawn within the gorge. Mills, lumber industry operations,
iron ore mining and processing, and nail manufacturing moved into the area to make the most of its bountiful natural resources—all powered by the two waterfalls you came here to see: Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls.

© 2014 Randi Minetor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ausable Chasm
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Ausable Chasm, PO Box 390, 2144 Rte. 9, Ausable Chasm 12911; (518) 834-7454; www.asuablechasm.com
Local Maps: www.ausablechasm.com/assets/pdf/ Trail_map_2011.pdf
Driving Directions: Directions to Ausable Chasm: Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls

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