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Rice's Falls // Elizabethtown, New York

June 26, 2019

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Happy Tuesday friends! I hope that you are having a wonderful week! Today I am excited to share with y'all a bit more about the #ADK50falls challenge and specifically about Rice's Falls, a waterfall that I visited back in April. I mentioned and shared a picture on instagram from my visit (you can see it HERE), at the beginning of May... but with everything that has taken place it has been hard to focus and write on the adventures around that time period. I know that y'all are so supportive and understanding during this incredibly difficult time. 
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If you aren't familiar with the #ADK50falls challenge, you can read about the entire challenge HERE, but simply put there are 50 waterfalls that you hike and visit (5 require proof with photo that you were there) to complete the challenge. Participating in this is so fun and exciting and I am looking forward to doing this and the another challenge I will share more about in the next few weeks. 
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If you would like to know just basic facts about the falls please just scroll down to the bottom of the post where I will be sharing basic information to help those who want to know more specifics about each of the falls in the challenge.
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Rice's Falls is located right outside of Elizabethtown on the way to Blueberry Hill Trails in upstate New York and is approximately 40 minutes east of Lake Placid and about an hour north of Lake George. The falls are about 15 feet high and are considered "narrow falls" and have an upper and lower area.
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The Key "landmarks" of the area is that you are about 1 mile from the Blueberry Hill Trails. As a note of warning if you follow your GPS (like we did) and turn to go over a small bridge the GPS is leading you to Blueberry Hill Trails NOT the falls which it doesn't seem to distinguish. 
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While the falls are not big the history behind them is a bit fascinating as at one point Rice's Falls were used to give electricity to Elizabethtown so that they could have lights. 
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The top of the falls are easy to see (after you walk straight in from the dirt parking area) - but the way to get to the lower falls is a bit more tricky. To see the upstream area (above Rice's Falls) it is a short 25 feet from the pull-off parking area, but if you want to see the downstream area -where Rice's Falls is located and where this picture was taken you are in for a bit of an adventure. It's not far- I would say approx. 500 feet, but depending on when you go you in the season it could be different experiences. There was no evidence that anyone had done these falls yet & we were bushwhacking our way in. Haha! 

I can't recommend a visit to Rice's Falls enough and hope that y'all will join in on this very fun challenge! PS- If you are interested in reading more about each of the waterfalls - I recommend reading Adirondack Fifty Falls (click HERE to purchase) which lays out all of the falls in a concise and easy manner. It also groups the falls in the challenge by area so that you do not have to do that research! 
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When I was extremely sick I used to grieve not being able to be outside in nature as much as I wanted to be and if this is where you are at due to health reasons I hope that the information I provide about each of the falls in this challenge will encourage you to explore as you are able.
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......RICE'S FALLS INFORMATION......

LOCATION: 
Approximately 1 mile from Elizabethtown (on the way to Blueberry Hill Trails (approx. 1 hour north of Lake George // 40 minutes east of Lake Placid)

TYPE OF FALLS: 
15 foot falls

KEY LANDMARKS: 
approx. 1 mile from the Blueberry Hill Trails.

COST: 
Free

PARKING: 
Not an official one per say- It is a dirt pull off from the road. 

CROWDED?: 
We spent about an hour at Rice's falls exploring and in that time we never saw anyone. 

DISTANCE TO FALLS FROM PARKING AREA: 
To see the upstream area (above Rice's Falls) it is a short 25 feet from the pull-off parking area, but if you want to see the downstream area -where Rice's Falls is located and where this picture was taken you are in for a bit of an adventure. It's not far- I would say approx. 500 feet, but depending on when you go you in the season it could be different experiences. There was no evidence that anyone had done these falls yet & we were bushwhacking our way in. Haha!

DISABILITY FRIENDY?: 
No. The parking for this waterfall is a dirt pull off & is not wheelchair friendly & the ground is very unstable & the "main path" mentioned in the guide was non-existent. This may be a discouraging & difficult waterfall to experience depending on your condition. If you are wanting to see one of the other #adk50falls in this area I would check out my page dedicated to the waterfall challenge by clicking HERE!
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Thank you so much for reading today friends! Please let me know if you have any questions about the challenge or Rice's Falls! I am happy to answer and can't wait to hear about your waterfall adventures! 

If you would like to read about other #adk50falls that I have written about on the blog click HERE!

Have a wonderful day!

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