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While Wilmington, New York, is best known as the home of Whiteface Mountain, it is also home to several waterfalls including the well-known Wilmington Flume. The Wilmington Flume is a long, narrow gorge that forms on the West Branch of the Ausable River where three distinct waterfalls can be found.

The first falls is at the head of the Flume. Known to some as Flume Falls, it is approximately 10 feet tall. Flume Falls is viewable from one of the parking areas for a large trail system on the river's northwestern bank. A second unnamed fall is formed where the river is split by a large rock, dropping approximately 12 feet. As the river flows through the gorge, it comes to its final drop over a 15-foot ledge, known to some as Flume Pool Falls. The turbulent waters come to a sudden ease in a large pool. This final spot is also a popular swimming hole, but use caution; high water can create deceptively powerful currents.

The 0.3-mile trail is well-maintained and relatively easy. As you approach from the parking area, you will have to walk up a slight incline as the trail parallels the flume. The trail will follow the river and then loop back along the road to the parking area. Use caution, especially on wet days, as the rocks along the trail can be slippery when they are wet. This area is occasionally used by state agencies for swiftwater rescue training.

While there is no official trail downstream, visitors can walk along the large pool and river to explore the wide open area or try their hand at fishing.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Swimming hole. Fishing. Scenic.


Can be crowded on summer weekends.

Pets allowed



Big vistas



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