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Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Adirondacks, New York

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  • Great views of Buttermilk Falls from the lower end of the picnic area.- Buttermilk Falls
  • The base of Buttermilk Falls is an inviting place to swim in summer.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Picnic tables overlook the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • One or two fireplaces are available.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Looking down the sliding face of the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Buttermilk Falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • A bedrock outcropping is an alternative place to picnic- Buttermilk Falls
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  • The river is calm upstream from the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Cloudy days allow for long exposures at the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Cloudy days allow for long exposures at the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Buttermilk Falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Easy access for swimming, fishing, and paddling.- Buttermilk Falls
  • The Northern Forest Canoe Trail has a portage around Buttermilk Falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Placid waters below the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
  • Old fire pits are available for visitors. - Buttermilk Falls
  • There is also an outhouse at the falls.- Buttermilk Falls
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Pros: 
Great place to swim. Picnic tables. Good views.
Cons: 
Can be difficult to find.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Buttermilk Falls is an approximately 30-foot sliding waterfall that plunges into a pleasant pool at the end. The falls become a powerful, thundering torrent in the spring and after heavy rains.

Just 200 yards from the road, the falls are also the perfect place to go for a swim or to bring a picnic. There are several picnic tables and rock outcroppings near the falls, and there are a handful of firepits that can be used as well. 

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail passes through here, and additional swimming holes can be found by following the portage trail below the falls. The stretch of the Raquette River above Buttermilk Falls is popular with canoeists as a day or overnight trip. Additionally, it is common to find anglers fishing along the banks above and below the falls.

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