Easy Short Lake Placid Hikes: Monument Falls in Wilmington (NY)

Commonly referred to as Monument Falls, this quick trip to a shallow waterfall is worth the stop between Lake Placid and Wilmington. 

The two tablets commemorate the 100th and 50th anniversaries of the establishment of the Forest Preserve in 1885. This a popular fishing spot so in season, please be prepared to share space with anglers. 


There is a small path along the AuSable River that leads from the parking area to Monument Falls. 

There are plenty of flat rocks to sit upon and to explore. 

This is not a strenuous hike or walk but a quick place to explore, have lunch and be near the beautiful West Branch of the AuSable River. Enjoy! 

This is peaceful view just before the waterfall. To get to Monument Falls take Route 86, Wilmington Road from Lake Placid heading northeast for approximately 4.5 miles. The parking lot will be on the left side of the road. 

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.


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