blue ridge falls // #adk50falls challenge // north hudson, new york

March 22, 2022

 caravan sonnet

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 the Blue Ridge Falls, a waterfall that we recently visited.

If you are doing the challenge, coming from the north, and wanting to see a few of the same falls in the same area then I would highly suggest planning to see both Split Rock Falls (you can read about it HERE)and Rice's Falls (you can read about it HERE) at the same time as they were all located somewhat close together. If you aren't familiar with the #ADK50falls challenge, you can read about the places that I have been going as part of the challenge HERE (I started in 2019) or read about the entire challenge HERE.  

Simply put there are 50 waterfalls that you hike and visit (5 require proof with photo that you were there) to complete the challenge. For those of you who love hiking and being outdoors this can show you unique parts of the Adirondacks that you may have never discovered. I definitely have been feeling that with the waterfalls that we have visited and explored the last several weeks and look forward to sharing more!

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.

Blue Ridge Falls, located in North Hudson, New York, is a beautiful 20 foot waterfall located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains that is made up of several small drops and ledges. Formed on the Branch, fed partly by Elk Lake, the falls are incredibly beautiful and are visible from the road with a pull-off with parking provided.

After parking, I went and explored around the top of the falls. If you park and walk up the road there is a dirt road that you will see. This is not for driving, but you can walk the very short distance and you will come out above the falls. The area splits and you will have the option to follow the path down to the falls if you would like, which I did. It was a bit muddy (because of the Spring time so be careful if you go during this time of the year), but easy to get to the falls and see them from that angle to. 

It was a beautiful and easy hike (less than a 1/2 of a mile) to get down to the bottom and there was no one else around at this time of the year so we had the place to ourselves.

It was absolutely beautiful! It was definitely one of my favorite waterfalls that I have visited in the challenge!

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! 

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.

North Hudson
 (approx. 35 minutes north of Lake George // 1 hour southeast of Lake Placid)

20 foot fall + additional drops and ledges

Several High Peaks trails and Elk Lake Lodge which is a short distance from the falls


Roadside parking where you could see the falls without getting out of the car.

No. Rumor is that during the summer it can get crowded with locals who are wanting to wade in the bottom of the falls, but during the late winter/early Spring when we went there was no one. 

None to see from road or a short, steep hike if you want to go down to the falls.

Absolutely Yes. You could even see the falls from the car if you did not want to get out. If you are just getting into hiking the trail splits into two different ways where you could take a higher trail to see more or a lower, steeper trail which will take you directly to the falls. If you are able to walk short distances then this could be a "yes" from the top. To get to the bottom and back up may be difficult depending on your condition. 

Thank you so much for reading today friends! Please let me know if you have any questions about the challenge or the Blue Ridge Falls! I am happy to answer and can't wait to hear about your waterfall adventures! And again, if you would like to read about other #adk50falls that I have written about on the blog click HERE or click on the links below:

Have a wonderful day!

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