Explore the Scenic Trails

Walking & Hiking Trails for any age

Grab the kids and a camera and get ready for the most scenic walking tour in the Adirondacks. Wander for one to five miles on our well-maintained, self-guided walking/hiking trails where one spectacular view after another awaits. Each of the many scenic vistas provides our guests with a different perspective of the natural beauty of Ausable Chasm while interpretive signage describes the native flora, wildlife and geologic history.

Walking tours include a minimum one-mile walk, and a full tour spans five miles total. Trails include:

  • Inner Sanctum Trail (1 mile)
  • Rim Walk Trail (2 miles)
  • Dry Chasm Trail (1.5 miles)
  • Rainbow Falls/Elephant's Head Vista (1/2 mile)

Add a float tour (raft or tube) through the chasm and make it a Classic Tour.  Looking for the ultimate Adirondack adventure? Add the Adventure Trail and get the float tour FREE with the Premium Package: a family friendly adventure (ages 8+) that will be the most memorable experience of any Adirondack vacation.  No reservations required during summer months.


The Classic Tour...

Adirondack tours at Ausable Chasm offer breathtaking views around every corner, and our Classic Tour is the most popular of all!  A 2-part tour that allows visitors a complete end-to-end visit of the chasm with a trolley/shuttle return to the welcome center once completed.  One mile walk required.

Part 1:

You'll step back in time as you walk our scenic nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest.  Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge.  Descend hundreds of feet to walk within the chasm on natural stone walkways and bridges to gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone.  Our many bridges, stairs and vistas make this unique adventure possible.  A truly breathtaking experience!

Part 2:

After a minimum one mile walk, you’ll board a raft and float through the narrowest and deepest region of Ausable Chasm.  Experienced guides navigate the rafts between the towering cliffs of the Grand Flume, past the Broken Needle and around the Whirlpool Basin while discussing the geology and history of the chasm. The rapids found mid-way through the float tour are always a visitor favorite!

Following the float tour, guests have several options. You can explore the Rim Trail for birds-eye views of the chasm, meander through two smaller "dry" chasms on the Dry Chasm Trails, or simply hop aboard one of our trolleys for a quick and easy return to the welcome center.

In the welcome center, visitors will find a cafe with a wide assortment of lunch items, ice cream and snacks as well as a large gift shop loaded with a variety of gifts, t-shirts and souvenirs.

Avoid the Crowds...

The float tours are very popular during the summer. We advise you to come early to avoid a possible wait for the optional float tour portion of your visit. Reservations are not possible, so you might wait 30 minutes more more between 12pm and 2pm. We think the experience is worth the wait, but if you don't have ample time, please arrive early.  We open at 9am, daily.

$29.95/adult (13+), $19.95/child (5-12)     Hours & Rates

No reservations required.

*Float tour portion is suitable for guests 30 lbs. and up. Additional restrictions may apply during periods of high water.


The Premium Package

Upgrade to Our Premium Package and get a FREE Float Tour (save $12!)

This special 3-part tour package includes all of the Classic Tour above as well as our new Adventure Trail via ferrata.

Part 1: Adventure Trail via ferrata

Part one of the premium package, the adventure trail!
Part two of the premium package, featuring the inner sanctum trail!

Part 2: Walk the scenic Inner Sanctum trail

Part 3: River Float Tour via raft or tube

Part three of the premium package, the float tour!

Adventure Trail

What is the Adventure Trail? It's unique, family-friendly experience consisting of cable bridges, a cargo net climb, edge walks and more. It's similar to a cable or ropes course, but much more scenic and adventurous. Instead of progressively getting harder until you fail it is instead meant to allow safe passage through an otherwise impassable region of the chasm: the spectacular upper chasm!

Inner Sanctum

Next, you'll step back in time as you walk our scenic nature trails in the midst of a primeval Adirondack Forest. Stroll past Rainbow Falls, Elephant's Head, Column Rock, Hyde's Cave and the eerie quiet of Mystic Gorge. Descend hundreds of feet to walk within the chasm on natural stone walkways and bridges to gaze upon eons of geologic history etched in stone. Our many bridges, stairs and vistas make this unique adventure possible. A truly breathtaking experience!

Float Tour

Lastly, you’ll board a raft and float through the narrowest and deepest region of Ausable Chasm.  Experienced guides navigate the rafts between the towering cliffs of the Grand Flume, past the Broken Needle and around the Whirlpool Basin while discussing the geology and history of the chasm. The rapids found mid-way through the float tour are always a visitor favorite!

Once the float tour is complete, you can either take one of our trolleys back to the welcome center free of charge, or hike back on either the rim walk or dry chasm trail.

$49.95/adult (13+), $39.95 child (8-12)      Hours & Rates

No reservations required during summer months.

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