Northern New York Waterfalls 

Wanika Falls


The old Military Road intersects NY 73 just south of the village of Lake Placid, in the area of the Olympic ski jump.  From this, take a left on the Averyville Road.  1.1 mile up this road, there is a trailhead parking area for the Northville-Lake Placid Trail.

County: Essex
Town: North Elba
USGS Map: Ampersand Lake
Waterway: Chubb River
Latitude: N 44o 11' 58"
Longitude: W 74o 03' 27"
Drop: NA
Type: Multiple
Region: Off NY 73 just south of Lake Placid
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 7.0 mile one-way
Difficulty: Difficult
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Keene Quadrangle

The hike to Wanika Falls is along the Northville-Lake Placid Trail for close to seven miles.  When you reach the falls, you will need to ford the stream to see it.  At times of low water, this is  not a problem, but if the water is high, it might be challenging.

Although we have not yet had the opportunity to go into this area, based on pictures of Wanika Falls, it looks to be a three-part drop.  The top appears to be a ribbon cascade, followed by a channel that slides a fairly good distance into the final plunge, a curtain cascade.

If anyone has any pictures or other information on this waterfall, we would be very interested in hearing from you.  our thanks to Terry Goodrich of Brasher Falls NY for the pictures he has provided. 

The Chubb River flows into the West Branch of the Ausable River just east of the Lake Placid Airport.  The west branch joins forces with the east branch in Ausable Forks.  The combined Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Latest update:  August 5, 2015

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