Scenic USA - New York

Each day Scenic USA presents a new and interesting photo feature from somewhere in the United States. Chosen from a wide variety
of historic sites, city scenes, backcountry byways, points of interest and America's best parklands, this site offers the viewer hundreds
of unique vacation destinations and photographic subjects. Each feature is coupled with a brief explanation. For further detailed
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Points of Interest

High Peaks Byway

John Brown's Farm

Whiteface Mountain

High Falls Gorge

Wilmington Notch

Adirondack Scenic Byways

Crown Point

Ausable River

Ausable River -  New York

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     Made up of both private and public land, the Adirondack Park High Falls Gorgecovers an immense oval in the upper northeast corner of New York State. Its six million acres, the largest assemblage of wilderness land east of the Mississippi, is a montage of woodlands, sparkling mountain streams, sky-blue lakes, waterfalls and some of the highest mountain peaks in the state. The huge swath of forestland is sectioned off by a half dozen meandering two-lane highways, the perfect avenue to explore this vast wonderland.
     Running north and south, New York's Route 30 almost divides the park in half, while several other routes also carve up the park. Routes 9 and 73 follow the East Branch of the Ausable River and pass through the High Peaks Region. Here, the first four miles of the East Branch are especially scenic, but it's the southern end of Route 73 that passes the Cloudsplitter (Tahawus), Mount Marcy.
     Route 86 continues northward from Lake Placid along the High Peaks Byway, Wilmington Notch following the West Branch of the Ausable River. The Ausable has chiseled away at Wilmington Notch, creating a gorge rises 700 feet on one side of the river and 1700 on the other. Whitewater challenges, mountain climbing, and excellent trout fishing draw in the sports-minded, while the incredible scenery makes this a popular Adirondacks sightseeing destination. The High Falls Gorge is one of the standout features on the West Branch, where the river plunges 125 feet at the main falls. A tourist attraction since the 1890s, the falls and the Grand Flume add more excitement along the Ausable River.

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