OK Slip Falls

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Hike to one of the highest waterfalls in Adirondacks, OK Slip Falls.

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Erik Johnson

Destination Distance From Downtown

40.1 miles


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Time To Complete

4 hours



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Until April 23, 2013, OK Slip Falls was not located on public land and was unable to be viewed by the general public. New York State purchased the land in 2013, along with another 2,800 acres of land in the area. A new trail opened in the summer of 2014 allowing access for curious adventurers. It is 3.2 miles to the falls, a 6.4 miles roundtrip. 

What Makes It Great OK Slip Falls is the tallest waterfall in the Adirondack region, with water falling about 250 feet. It is also one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. Because OK Slip was previously located on private land, not many people have heard about it or viewed it.

The trailhead to OK Slip Falls can also take hikers to Ross and Whortleberry Ponds. Both ponds have campsites on the shore and make for wonderful overnight experiences. Make sure to bring bug spray if you are making the trip to any of these destinations in the summer months. On dark and clear nights these are wonderful stargazing destinations.

What You’ll Remember As with many waterfalls, the best time to take a trip is after a good rain has passed through the area. Otherwise, the water coming off the cliff may be only a little more than a trickle. Be aware the trail may be muddy in some areas. As with the entire Adirondack region, a trip in the fall promises vivid fall colors. If you don’t mind the cold and snow, a winter visit may prove worth the trek to see the ice built up along the falls. 

Who is Going to Love It< Just about anyone who can make the hike 3.2 mile in will enjoy OK Slip Falls. It is a fairly easy to moderate hike in and out. Pack in lunches and make a day out of it. 

Parking, Trailheads, Hours Parking for OK Slip Falls is located along New York route 28, about 7.5 miles east of Indian Lake. It is a short walk up route 28 to the trailhead. As mentioned earlier, the trailhead also gives access to Ross and Whortleberry Ponds. To reach OK Slip Falls, hikers will want to stay to the right when the trail splits. It is highly recommended for hikers to make the trip in daylight. The falls will not be visible in the dark and it is easy to lose your way on the trail.

Your Experience Have you made the hike to OK Slip Falls before? Tell us about your experience hiking to OK Slip and share some of your pictures in the comments below.

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OK Slip Falls

Old Route 28D
Indian Lake, NY, 12842
43.772389, -74.125947

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