Northern New York Waterfalls 
Northern New York Waterfalls ... Alice Falls

Alice Falls, formerly known as Little Falls


As you head north from the village of Keeseville toward the Ausable Chasm attraction, you will find signs for the Alice Falls Hydro Project on your right.  Be aware that they are somewhat tucked in off the road and you might not see them until you are just about on them.  Coming from the north, this entrance is only 0.3 mile from the Ausable Chasm attraction.

County: Clinton/Essex
Town: Ausable/Chesterfield
USGS Map: Keeseville
Waterway: Ausable River
Latitude: N 44° 31' 09"
Longitude: N 73° 27' 54"
Type: Rectangular cascade
Drop: ~35'
Region: Just north of Keeseville
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt/rock
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Ausable Quadrangle

Alice FallsAlice Falls is a beautiful waterfall within a short walk off New York State Route 9, just north of Keeseville.  There is a parking area soon after you enter, or you can drive a short distance on this dirt road between the hydro facility on your right and a trailer on the left.  There is another parking area further back on your left and a fishing area on your right.  Walk down the hill and you will come to the river bank where you descend a natural rock stairway to a flat area at the base of the falls.

Although there is now a hydro facility here, the waterfall still encompasses half of the width of the river.  Even in the later summer months, it is an impressive sight.  In the spring, when the Ausable's East and West Branches are draining the melting snow in the Adirondacks, this section of the river takes everything from above.  The water coming down through here is intense.

This location is on the Essex/Clinton County Line.  While the viewing access is on the Clinton County side of the river, from a purist point of view, one might say that the waterfall is actually in Essex County because the falls spans the Essex half the river while the dam is on the Clinton County side.  On our county listing, we have listed it in Essex County because more of it is on that side.

We have been unsuccessful in our research to determine the source of the name of Alice Falls.  We do know that Alice Falls was originally known as Little Falls.  We have been provided with a published article that indicates that it might have been Alice Falls as early as 1823. Several parties are now researching this to determine when this happened and who Alice was.

Disclaimer: on August 21, I received a series of emails inquiring about nude swimming at Alice Falls.  It turns out that the website of a nudist club in that area promotes this as a nudist swimming hole.  Furthermore, they refer to this webpage for directions.  Please be advised that we have nothing to do that with that website or that club.  We look at this as an unauthorized reference to our site and to the best of our knowledge, nudism is not tolerated at this location.

The Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Last update:  August 21, 2017

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