Ausable Chasm
Ausable Chasm
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Known as the Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks, Ausable Chasm is a sandstone gorge that offers incredible views, various hiking trails, and waterfalls. There are five miles of hiking trails for you to explore, including the scenic Inner Sanctum and Rim Walk trails. In the summer, go rafting or tubing along the river to beat the heat. You can also rock climb, rappel, and go on an obstacle course. Before you leave, pop by the Visitor Center to learn more about Ausable Chasm’s geological history. It's recommended to visit Ausable Chasm early for a smaller crowd. – Tripadvisor
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  • Julie M
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ausable Chasm
    This did not disappoint!!!!! The one mile hike was just enough and you can end with a tube trip or float trip. Highly recommend the tube!!!! The cool river was a treat on a hot day! Guides were there along the way to help if needed, but easy and so much fun!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Barbara T
    Troy, New York36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    My brother had never been to Ausable Chasm and loved it, of course. Gift shop had some good late season bargains. A very large Asian (probably Japanese) group was finishing a tour of the gorge when we arrived, smiles on most of their faces.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 September 2023
  • Queenstravelbuff
    New York City, New York16,472 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Falls and Canyon
    Im not sure I could write a fair review of Ausable Chasm. the 2 days before I went it rained including a vicious storm. The Ausable River was really wild and the Falls were amazing and quite vicious, However because of the storms the raft ride was not working. However the Falls and the River were really awesome and it was worth it to go. I just missed the raft ride
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 October 2023
  • Vickie D
    Huntingdon, Canada67 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!!
    I loved Ausable Chasm. We had a great time. Due to the weather the riverwalk was closed, but we still had a great time on the trails. Great views. It took us around 2 hours to do the trails. Lots of spots to have picknick’s or take a break. At the end and shuttle buss brings you back to the parking. For 20$ would recommend!!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 October 2023
  • john f
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable Experience
    The park was very cool, lots of interesting rock formations. The price was pretty high, we did the second package, so it was 50 dollars per person. The trails were nice, and well-marked. The rafting was very fun. Wasn't sure if we were going to get drenched but we stayed fairly dry. It wasn't too rough waters, and our guide, Nate, was very funny and informative. It took about 20 minutes or so. After the rafting, we walked the trails back. Took about an hour or so. We had lunch at the welcome center, it was yummy. All in all, a great experience.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 June 2024
  • cprendi10
    Quincy, Massachusetts102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day at Ausable Chasm
    Ausable Chasm-My friend and I were retracing a trip my mom made in 1949 and the Chasm was one of her stops. We arrived earlier in the day to avoid any lines when we got to the rafting area. Mid May, tubing was not available. We took the green and yellow trails. The green stayed pretty much up near the top of the chasm with several viewing platforms for great pics . The yellow took you down further into the chasm but remember, if you go down, there will be stairs going back up! We did some of those down and ups and then settled for the green. My friend is in her 50's and I'm in my 60's so it does matter how fit you are. If you've got kids that are in maybe 4th grade and up, they would love the adventure stuff, hanging (very narrow) bridges, cargo ropes etc. The green trail is almost all shaded and a nice walk through. When you get to the end, you go down some narrow stairs, cross a short metal bridge and then gather with a small group to go into the raft. The rafting was a blast. Mom had taken a long boat that used a pulley system to get the boat back to start. We were free to paddle or not with 8 and the guide. There were class 2 rapids and at no point did I feel unsafe. Our guide showed us different rock formations with the history of the chasm. I wish that part was even longer. You disembark and as the raft goe up a conveyer belt, you walk up a hill to a shuttle bus stop that brings you back to the Welcome Center. It was a great morning and I would recommend it highly .
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 June 2024
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Wendy
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Having fond memories of hiking and rafting the chasm (from about 10 years prior) we took the family (an hour drive) It was awful. We waited 45 minutes to get tickets (it was not even a weekend) and had to bail on including the raft ride, when we found out that once we were done hiking to the raft area, it was going to be another 75 minute wait! That’s for a 1 mile raft ride. At least we did not pay for the rafting. (We knew to ask for hike only tickets - they were not advertised). Other people paid for the rafting (or thought there was no other option) and decided not to wait. They were understaffed, overpriced, and allowing larger crowds than they could handle. I know this is a Covid world, but so many places are using timed reservations to help with these issues. This was just plain unacceptable.
Written 16 August 2021
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JenRed2014
Buffalo, NY1,175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We had a great time hiking Ausable chasm’s trails. The trails, markers and fences were all very well kept and I was happy that my tickets paid for their upkeep. We were so happy that the yellow trail “Inner Sanctum” was open because the ice that can block the bridges was already melted. That trail allows you to descend into the gorge to see the rapids up close. It’s a narrow trail and they prefer for it to have one way traffic, so I’d advise you to go down there on your trip into the chasm as opposed to out. There are a lot of stairs to get back up, but there is plenty of flat walking rest time before you have to climb. If you do any other hiking in the area, I’d suggest skipping the first section of orange trails. We found it to be a meandering side trail that essentially took us away from the water views, which is what we paid to see. The exception to skipping the orange trail would be the dry gulch section on the right hand side of the river (about halfway through the hike). That consists of some stairs down into a part of the gorge that was carved out but no longer has water flowing through it. It’s really awesome to walk through that deep rocky trail. I wish the boat rides were up and running, but given the time of year and COVID, we were really pleased with our time there. Also, a tip to reduce your walking...drive to pay area to purchase tickets and then park back on the other side of the bridge where the entrance gate is located. You’ll do plenty of walking in the park!
Written 18 April 2021
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chimayred
Durham, NH2,556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I've heard about this since I was a kid since my Dad grew up near here. Always figured the "grand canyon" of the east moniker was a bit hyperbolic. But it stands on its own and it beautiful. Very easy to find. There is an admission fee for general access and the 1-2 mile upper trail; I think it was about $12 a person, no senior discounts. We also sprung (sprang? Springed?) for the 30 min guided tour for another $17 a person, which was well worth it. It takes you on something called the adventure trail, but at least for us it wasn't very frightening. There's a lot of good info from the guide, who is a young guy who has been there for years and frankly the story of the floods and geology is very riveting. You walk across two plank and chain bridges, which isn't as scary as it sounds but if you are afraid of any heights or narrow bridges (you can't fall off; there are sides on the bridges) you may want to reconsider. After the 30 minute trail we walked about half mile back. The visitor center is big, clean, modern, has a souvenir shop and restaurant although with COVID not sure if the restaurant was open earlier in the day. Really beautiful stop.
Written 13 October 2020
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Rich C
Connecticut259 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Ausable Chasm has stunning scenery, but you could see that in many other places for free across New York State.

Overall, woefully understaffed. Some of the workers were only 14 years old, clearly inexperienced. We waited an hour for river rafting, and they loaded only two boats in that time frame. We left at that point, knowing it would be another 1-2 hours. Based on our previous rafting experience, we knew it wouldn't be worth it.

Ausable Chasm isn't cheap. Waste of your time and money.
Written 15 August 2021
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garnet159
Arcade, NY238 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We visited here while staying in Lake Placid. We did not purchase any tickets because it was already late in the day, but visited the surrounding area that was free. We were able to get some nice photos from the bridge and see the beautiful trees in their full fall wardrobe.
Written 9 October 2020
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Sonja C
404 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Great day exploring Ausable Chasm. We paid an extra $12 to do the River Walk and had a tour guide with us until after the second hanging bridge. We walked down along the water and then over two hanging bridges after that point we were on our own. It is truly beautiful and amazing but there are a few items that should be noted.

The following should be noted before you decide if you would like to do any of the trails: If you have difficulty walking or any kind of disability with going up or down stairs, heights or narrow spaces this is not for you. Or even difficulty breathing. This should be noted on their website, before you pay and even in their brochures, this is not noted anywhere.

We had a great time and it was hot that day, it is an amazing experience.
Written 16 August 2020
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IrenaM
Boston, MA13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
The nature is absolutely stunning and highly recommended. What makes this place a one star business, and I would have given a zero star review if I could, is the horrible management. They sell tickets for activities such as rafting, knowing that the wait is so long that is basically impossible to have the tour you paid for. The lines at Disney are short compared to this.
When we asked the manager for a refund of this part of the ticket, or for a credit, he said to come back tomorrow. Really? Horrible business management, basically a rip off for no service.
Strongly advising to just buy the cheapest ticket that allows you to visit the grounds.
Written 5 July 2021
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Patricia
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
How could this experience be improved?? Better management....!!!
Ausable Chasm is breathtaking. However, we paid for the rafting experience as well. The waiting line for the rafting ride before noon had over 200 people. The rafts held only 9-10 people. It took 20 minutes for each raft to load one group at a time. The staff were trying their best but were obviously understaffed. The waiting time posted for busiest hours was 45 minutes. Our wait that day would've been hours in the hot sun.

We spoke to the manager, along with a group of others in the same situation about a possible reimbursement. No understanding or apology was given. He basically stated that they offer this as a service (which we paid for) and it was our choice to not wait in line. In other words, ... "too bad".

My suggestion, if it's a very busy day, let your customers know ahead of time that the wait for rafting will be a much longer wait time especially in hot weather so that they can make an informed decision when paying. It's the right thing to do.

Shame on management.
Written 6 July 2021
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Sarounas_2016
87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
First a warning about how long it will take you just to get a ticket. We went about an hour after it had opened and was told we needed to take a ticket like you would at a deli counter in the supermarket. But that ticket isn't so you may purchase admission tickets, it's to wait to be allowed to get in line to actually buy tickets which is another wait. It took us over an hour of waiting to just buy admission tickets. When we came back in from our time, we walked by and heard that a man would have to wait at least an hour to be able to get in line to buy admission tickets. This was around 2pm and they close at 5pm.

We purchased the "Explorer" package which for $5.00 more you get to go on a "guided" river walk. However, the guide walks so fast and you feel like you have to keep up, there's no actual explaining. You are just trying to keep up the pace with everyone else. You do walk over a suspension bridge that does wobble. If you are afraid of heights, I suggest you skip this place. You go down some pretty steep and narrow stairs to get to the bottom.

After the "guided" river walk, we waited for over an hour to be able to get on a raft. Warning: your feet will be soaked when you first get into the raft because they don't turn them over from the previous trip. It wasn't a pleasant feeling walking to the trolley site with soaked shoes. Make sure to bring footwear to change into.

The natural beauty is amazing. That is honestly why I am giving it 4 out of 5 otherwise it would be a 2 because it's not organized well and the extra $5.00 for each ticket was a waste of money.
Written 16 August 2022
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Free I
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Be wary to visit Ausable Chasm! This place is not worth the money at all! Adventure Trail via Feratta is sooo easy and short. My kid, was very disappointed as it didn't meet his expectation. The inner sanctum trail was not really much to see, you view the same thing all along the path. The river float tour was very short, maybe it takes about 4-5 mins max on the raft but the line takes 2 hours to get ready. The kids will just sit and will not get any paddle on the raft. Not to mention, the helmet, PFD and the harness were very stinky, they were never get disinfected properly. The staff were not friendly at all. The worst thing is, they made an error charging adult fees for kids admission when you didn't notice. Make sure to check your receipt and resolve it on the same day!!!
Written 24 August 2023
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