As you head
north from the village of Keeseville toward the Ausable Chasm
attraction, you will find signs for the Alice Falls Hydro Project
on your right. Be aware that they are somewhat tucked in off
the road and you might not see them until you are just about on
them. Coming from the north, this entrance is only 0.3 mile
from the Ausable Chasm attraction.
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Alice Falls is a beautiful waterfall within a short walk off New
York State Route 9, just north of Keeseville. There is a parking area
soon after you enter, or you can drive a short distance on this
dirt road between the hydro facility on your right and a trailer
on the left. There is another parking area further back on
your left and a fishing area on your right. Walk down the
hill and you will come to the river bank where you descend a
natural rock stairway to a flat area at the base of the falls.
Although there is now a hydro facility here, the waterfall
still encompasses half of the width of the river. Even in
the later summer months, it is an impressive sight. In the
spring, when the Ausable's East and West Branches are draining the
melting snow in the Adirondacks, this section of the river takes
everything from above. The water coming down through here is
This location is on the Essex/Clinton County Line. While
the viewing access is on the Clinton County side of
the river, from a
purist point of view, one might say that the waterfall is actually
in Essex County because the falls spans the Essex half the river
while the dam is on the Clinton County side. On our county
listing, we have listed
it in Essex County because more of it is on that side.
The Ausable River empties into
Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.