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New York whitewater, Ausable River - West Branch

Essex county, High Falls Gorge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V+     0.25 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Essex County and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water make the trip here worthwhile. If you've been whitewater rafting and kayaking outside this state you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that rivers here are not as easy as elsewhere. The starting point is not too far from Plattsburgh, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further
    down the page. The campgrounds here at Ausable River - West Branch are pretty good. This stretch is very short so better bring some good walking shoes. The High Falls Gorge stretch of Ausable River - West Branch in New York
is 0.25 miles long and is a class V+ section of whitewater according to American Whitewater. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way around here you'll find a large number of good places. You might have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will  
have you coming back for more. Whitewater paddling here in the Adirondack Mountains is a great experience. There are so many sections to paddle in this river system, the High Falls Gorge section is just one of many.

Briefly about the general area:
A visit to High Falls Gorge is always fun, and going for a hike on the Schwartz Trail is always a splendid adventure. And that's not all the things to do here in the Adirondack Mountains. If you're stopping by Ausable River - West Branch from Upper Jay, you won't be the only one, and Ausable River - West Branch lays in the shadow of the Sentinel Range.

Ausable River - West Branch, High Falls Gorge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Ausable River - West Branch.
 Whitewater Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 0 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (High Falls Gorge)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 0 miles away
      Class V - 2 miles long (High Falls Gorge to Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 2 miles away
      Class V+ - 0.25 miles long (Flume)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 3 miles away
      Class III-IV+ - 3.5 miles long (Monument on Route 86 to High Falls)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 4 miles away
      Class I-III+ - 11 miles long (Wilmington to Ausable Forks)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 7 miles away
      Class II-III - 6.3 miles long (Keene to Upper Jay)
Ausable River - East Branch, Essex County, 8 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 6.3 miles long (Hulls Falls to Keene)
Saranac River, Clinton County, 8 miles away
      Class II-III - 4 miles long (Union Falls to Silver Lake Road)
Little Black Brook, Clinton/ Essex County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.5 miles long (Route 17 TO West Branch Ausable River)
Ausable River - West Branch, Essex County, 10 miles away
      Class III - 6.5 miles long (Adirondak Loj Road to Route 73)
 Ski Areas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Whiteface Mountain, New York , 1 miles away, 3166 foot drop, 10 lifts, 80 runs
Mount Pisgah, New York , 17 miles away, 300 foot drop, 2 lifts, 5 runs
Titus Mountain, New York , 32 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 7 lifts, 25 runs
Gore Mountain, New York , 35 miles away, 2300 foot drop, 12 lifts, 88 runs
Hickory Ski Center, New York , 43 miles away, 1280 foot drop, 4 lifts, 18 runs
West Mountain, New York , 53 miles away, 1010 foot drop, 5 lifts, 22 runs
Cochran Ski Center, Vermont , 62 miles away, 350 foot drop, 3 lifts, 8 runs
Mad River Glen, Vermont , 66 miles away, 2037 foot drop, 4 lifts, 45 runs
Sugarbush, Vermont , 68 miles away, 2650 foot drop, 17 lifts, 115 runs
Willard Mountain, New York , 70 miles away, 505 foot drop, 10 lifts, 14 runs
 Marinas Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Swiss Boat Rentals, Saranac Lake , 17 miles away
Crescent Bay, Saranac Lake , 18 miles away
 Beaches Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Jones Beach, Essex , 18 miles away
 Hotels Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Lake House At Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 7 miles away
Econo Lodge Lake Placid, Lake Placid , 8 miles away
Hampton Inn Lake Placid, NY, Lake Placid , 8 miles away
Spruce Lodge Bed & Breakfast & Guest Cottage, Lake Placid , 8 miles away
ZZ-Town And Country Motor Inn, Lake Placid , 8 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Wilmington Notch Camp Ground, Upper Jay, 1 miles away
KOA Kampgrounds, Wilmington, 3 miles away
Lake Placid/Whiteface MT KOA, Wilmington, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Schwartz Trail, Essex , 3 miles away
Whiteface Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 3 miles away
Esther Mountain-Whiteface Mt. Mem. Highway, Essex , 3 miles away
Cascade Mountain-Route 73 - Cascade Lakes, Essex , 6 miles away
Porter Mountain-Route 73 - Cascade Lakes, Essex , 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Macomb Reservation State Park, New York , 23 miles away
D.A.R. State Park, Vermont , 35 miles away
Cumberland Bay State Park, New York , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Ausable River - West Branch:
Craigwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Placid , 8 miles away
Whiteface Golf Club, Lake Placid , 9 miles away
Indole Golf Course, Au Sable Forks , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Ausable River - West Branch
Copperas Pond, Essex , 2 miles away
Franklin Falls Pond, Franklin , 8 miles away
Lake Placid, Essex , 9 miles away

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