WILMINGTON?- The popular natural attraction, High Falls Gorge is now in its 15th winter season.
Known for decades as a beautiful place for a nature walk, High Falls Gorge has continued to grow as a year round natural attraction. Through the years High Falls Gorge has added activities such as the snowshoeing center with trails and rentals, an indoor gemstone mining area, the River View Cafe Beer and Wine Bar, and the Junior Explorer program; a learning program for kids.
At High Falls Gorge visitors will find the unique beauty of the ice formations around the waterfalls purely breath taking. They will be walking along groomed paths, steel bridges and walkways that allows visitors up close to view the series of four waterfalls that otherwise would not be accessible. Easy to use traction devices are provided and assure safe footing in the gorge for all ages. Educational signs along the trail, informs visitors about the geology, forestry, and history of the river. Lookout areas are conveniently located on both sides of the river offering the best photographic vantage points.
In addition to the waterfalls, the snowshoe center has a one mile wooded trail with some steep inclines and uneven surfaces for the beginner to intermediate experience. The campfire and marshmallow roasting on weekends and holidays provides for an extra Adirondack experience.
New to this year, The River View Cafe Beer and Wine Bar proudly offers regionally produced draft beers and a wide variety of New York State Wines. The small rustic bar environment adds a certain homey feel of the Adirondacks. It only adds to the experience to have a great meal at reasonable prices.
The High Falls Gorge gift shop has expanded their merchandise to include a wide variety of locally and USA proudly made gifts.
The winter program will offer visitors many activities in one place. "We wanted to offer both skiers and non skiers something to do that is special to this area. Some customers have called the Gorge the "Club Med of Adirondack Hiking", says owner, Kathryn Reiss.
For the winter season, High Falls Gorge is open from the Friday following Thanksgiving to the last Sunday in March, five days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Wednesdays and Thursdays. Open daily on Holidays periods.
The waterfall trail admission rates are $13.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (4-12). The snowshoe package includes the waterfall day pass, and snowshoe rental for $26 for adults, and $16 for children (ages 4-12).
To reach High Falls Gorge from the Adirondack Northway (I-87) take exit 30 northbound, Route 73 West to 86 east or take exit 34 southbound to Route 9N south to Route 86 west. High Falls Gorge is located 8 miles East of Lake Placid and 1 mile West of Whiteface Mountain Ski Center on Route 86 in Wilmington, New York.
For more information, call 518-946-2278 or visit our web site at www.highfallsgorge.com.