Raquette Falls is much more popular as a ski trail, but it does get a bit of use during non-snow months. From the trailhead you will enter the woods on a wide trail which continues all the way through to the DEC outpost. The trail flows over undulating hills with scenic views out over the Raquette River. A couple lean-to’s dot the trail giving you and your family the option of spending an additional day in the area. There are a couple short steep descents that bring you back down to the river’s edge just shy of the DEC outpost.
At the DEC outpost there are three trails. Right leads down to the canoe launch and are part of the Canoe Carry and the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Left leads over to Dawson Pond; trail very hard to locate. Straight leads to the falls, which is about 0.25 miles away. Start on a forest road and then take a right onto a narrow foot trail. The narrow foot trail can be a bit slippery with odd footing and steep drops to the river, so take your time and be careful especially with young children.
From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 3 in Tupper Lake follow Route 3/30 toward Saranac Lake. Continue To Coreys Road on the right. Follow Coreys Road for 2.6 miles to the trailhead parking lot on the right.
Distance Round Trip:
Elevation Gain or Loss:
Time Round Trip:
Family with Young Kids: 4 to 5 hours
Experienced Hiker: 3 to 4 hours
Out of Shape Hiker: 4 to 5 hours