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Monument Falls

Adirondacks, New York

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  • The Monument Falls parking area.- Monument Falls
  • The Monument Falls anniversary monuments.- Monument Falls
  • A wader washing station.- Monument Falls
  • The view from the riverbank.- Monument Falls
  • Monument Falls with Whiteface Mountain in the background.- Monument Falls
  • Monument Falls.- Monument Falls
  • The falls and surrounding area as seen from a small airplane.- Monument Falls
  • Another view of the falls. Farther back, you can see fishermen looking for the catch of the day.- Monument Falls
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Pros: 
Great views. Beautiful forest. Prime fishing.
Cons: 
Near roads.
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Region:
Adirondacks, NY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Monument Falls in Wilmington, New York, is a 5-foot waterfall that forms on the West Branch of the Ausable River. It features a stunning view of Whiteface Mountain in the distance and several fishing holes.

The falls are named after the two large stone monuments in the parking area that commemorate both the 50th and 100th anniversaries of New York State’s Forest Preserve.

While the falls are small in height, the surrounding views enhance the visit. With Whiteface Mountain in the distance, New York’s fifth-tallest peak at 4,865 feet, and well-worn footpaths along the river, the scenery makes this a picturesque location that receives thousands of visitors each year.

This area has also become a destination for fishermen because the waters offer an abundance of trout. Fishermen normally fish downstream from the falls or farther upstream, so there's no need to worry about crowding.

From the parking area, walk toward the river and follow the guardrail to view the falls. There is a footpath that visitors can follow to stay out of the road. The falls split between a horseshoe-shaped slide on the near side of the river and a curtain-type cascade on the far side.

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