We love visiting waterfalls, and we usually find that by the end of the summer that waterfalls are not often at their peak. I had High Falls Conservation Area on my list of places I wanted to visit, so when we had a nice spring day, we decided to check it out.
The Conservation Area was easy to find using Google Maps, and is just about an hour from Albany, NY. This is a short hike, and only 15 minutes from Art Omi in Ghent, NY, which I thought was a great way to spend the day.
There is a decent size parking lot as well as a trailhead.
The trailhead has some information and maps, as well as a register where you can sign in.
The trails are clearly marked along the trail. We took the red trail in, and explored the green and blue trails on the way out.
The trails here are easy, with no major incline. The hike in to see the waterfalls is also short (no more than .5 mile in, depending on which trail you take).
Along the way we found a salamander (I think it is a Northern Red-Backed Salamander).
Neat carnivorous plants!
I was actually surprised as we approached the waterfall. I could hear the roar of the water and realized it was probably much larger than I had thought. This is Columbia County’s highest waterfall, and I have to say it is very impressive.
There is a overlook for the large waterfall. Unfortunately you cannot get close to the base of the falls or swim here.
On the way back, we switched to the green and blue trails to enjoy the walk along the water. There is a smaller falls along the way that is also very nice.
One of the reasons I chose this hike, besides the waterfall, is that the trail to see the waterfalls is not long. It is nice to have some shorter hikes for the kids to enjoy without having to hike for a long time.
Visit the High Falls Conservation Area website at https://clctrust.org/public-conservation-areas/high-falls/
I have never been to this area of New York. What lovely photos and perfect for someone who really enjoys nature!
I haven’t gone hiking in a while and I miss it. My son-in-law is from upstate New York and it’s so beautiful up there.
I love chasing waterfalls and would love to visit this place one day, so pretty, perfect for hikes during the summer
What a pretty area! I always love seeing waterfalls, so I know I’d enjoy it here. It would be cool seeing the plants.
This looked like such a beautiful place for some nature exploration. The waterfalls were definitely impressive!
What an amazing place to get outdoors, take in some fresh air, gorgeous scenery, and get your steps in. Upstate New York is a gem.
I would love to visit this area in New York. I’ve never been. It looks like it would be the perfect day trip for my family.
Do those carnivorous plants eat mosquitos, because I’d love to have one here to keep on my back porch!
What a beautiful area! We used to go to a local state park to hike but haven’t been able to in a while. I miss it!
Simply gorgeous. I love what beauty nature provides us! What a treat to see it in person.
I would love to drive down here over the summer – looks absolutely beautiful! Our family is always looking for weekend getaways and this place looks like the perfect destination.
That waterfall is gorgeous. I would love to go on a hike through that area.
I heart those waterfalls. New York state sure is beautiful. I could spend all day there.
How many beautiful things our nature offers us! It’s a great thing to have the opportunity to watch them!
I love getting out and exploring the outdoors during the summer months. What a great time you had exploring the falls!
Wow, this looks like a great place! I’ve always heard that there were some beautiful sights in NYC and this turns out to be true!
Gorgeous! We’re planning a visit to NY this summer. Hopefully we can add a visit here to our list. Thank you for sharing!
What a lovely outing! I love exploring areas like this – SO pretty!! I’m inspired to seek out some similar areas in the PNW to explore this summer!
What a beautiful park. I want to check it out on our next NY trip!