Winter Hike at Ausable Chasm in the Adirondacks

Ausable ChasmWhile many visitors to the Adirondacks know about Ausable Chasm, one of the most popular summer tourist attractions in the area, few know that it’s also open in the winter months.  This past week, during our Adirondack/Lake Champlain Region family vacation, my family got a full, guided tour of the chasm – and it’s quite breathtaking in the winter.

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We took a one-hour guided tour – other options include the 30 minute self-guided tour, and a two-hour guided tour.  For all of the guided tours, guests are either provided with snowshoes or ice cleats to help with walking.  We got ice cleats, and they really did make walking on the ice easier.

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Our guide was great – he gave us lots of information about Ausable Chasm, and told us about some of the damage from the flood in 1996 and from Hurricane Irene this year.  The weather, however, was freezing, and my little guy was so cold that we weren’t able to finish the full tour. But, we were able to get some fabulous photos, and my kids just loved the experience of walking on the ice cleats.

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Ausable Chasm
PO Box 390, 2144 Route 9
Ausable Chasm, NY 12911

Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to Ausable Chasm.

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About Jodi Grundig

Jodi Grundig has loved traveling since she was a little girl. She started blogging in 2007 on her popular review site Mom's Favorite Stuff and after doing quite a bit of family traveling, decided to launch her own travel blog. Jodi resides in Massachusetts with her husband, eight-year old son, ten-year old daughter, and Havanese dog.

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