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May 25, 2013

Waterfalls are even better when you keep them to yourself


To see the falls, you must enter from the bottom, walking about 7 miles through the woods. Unless you go in the early spring or late fall when the leaves are off the trees, however, you will never see the entirety of this Adirondack wonder.

Recently, the state has acquired the Finch and Pruyn Paper Company lands in the Adirondacks. Hidden away from the public until recently is another of New York’s highest waterfalls. OK Slip Falls cascades down about 250 feet but has been seen by relatively few people because it was on private land. With this region soon opening to the public, we will be able to hike or cross-country ski into this area and see one of the Adirondacks greatest wonders.

If you are into waterfalls, there are a couple of good books available giving you all the details and their locations. “Waterfalls of the Adirondacks and Catskills” is available in bookstores or on Amazon if you’re interested.

Whether you go to fish or just see the beauty of nature, waterfalls are some of the greatest attractions that the world has to offer. Sure I’ve fought the crowds to see Niagara, but I really like my falls a little more secluded. There’s nothing like breaking through the trees and having the mist hit your face when there’s not another soul around.

Rick Brockway writes a weekly outdoors column for The Daily Star. Email him at

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