Rainbow Falls, Adirondacks

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Rainbow Falls is near Ausable Chasm which is within the boundaries of Adirondack State Park. Adirondack Park was created in 1892 to stop the clear-cutting of the state’s forests (and keep NYC’s water supply flowing) and is the country’s largest State Park at six million acres. We took a day trip to the area from Lake Placid to explore Ausable Chasm and admired these falls on our way into the park.


Rainbow Falls can be viewed from the Route 9 bridge over the Ausable River. They were once called Adgate’s Falls after an early settler, then Birmingham Falls and finally Rainbow Falls in 1877. It’s a few falls spilling into the same pool and they are the most photographed waterfalls in the Adirondacks.

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Location: 2144 U.S. 9, Ausable Chasm, NY 12911

Designation: State Park

Date of my visit: 7/29/2011