High Falls Gorge is once again open for the season after a brief bout of April spring-cleaning. The year-round waterfall attraction in Wilmington uses the months of April and November to switch gears between winter snowshoeing and summer walks. Along with the waterfall walks, this Saturday marks the grand opening of the River View Café Beer and Wine Bar.
President and Owner of High Falls Gorge Kathryn Reiss says, “We wanted to have a beer and wine café available to allow visitors a chance to slow down and relax. It is located right near the existing seating area. The kids can do the inside mining activity while parents shop or relax with a local beer.”
Reiss has deliberately chosen to stock the River View Café with local craft beer as well as New York State wines and cheeses. For her it’s a matter of pride. She looks forward to adding wine tasting events to the schedule, but for now the beer and wine bar will only be open during the High Falls Gorge’s regular business hours.
“We have so many visitors from out of the area each year,” says Reiss. “We like to show off what we have available. New York State has a lot to offer and we are honored to be able to give people the opportunity to explore those options.”
A ticket is not required to access the new café, gift shop or the mining activity. Though to be able to view the four waterfalls in just under a half-mile walk, it is worth the expense. The walkways and paths skirt the shoreline as the Ausable River churns below, demonstrating how powerful water can be. From the formation of the waterfalls to potholes carved out of rock, High Falls Gorge is part nature trail, part geology lesson. Interpretive signs are strategically placed to highlight the native flowers, waterfalls, and pothole formations with a brief history of High Falls Gorge.
All the pathways have hand and guard rails that are further secured with wire fencing so no one’s view (no matter the person’s height) is obstructed. Two glass floor sections protrude from the walkways allowing for a sense of freedom of being extended 30 ft. above the river below.
The new River View Café Grand Opening will take place from noon – 5 pm on May 4th with raffle tickets and prizes available. High Falls Gorge is located at 4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington. For more information, hours of operation and other events please call 518-946-2278.
Photo of the High Falls Gorge glass walkway overlook by Diane Chase, AdirondackFamilyTime.com