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Ausable Chasm, Keeseville

Categories: Canyons, Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
A 3 km (2 mi) long gorge with a river and waterfalls, Ausable Chasm features numerous adventure activities, such as rafting, tubing, rock climbing, and cable traversing. Take a scenic tour to view odd rock formations and walk along natural stone walkways, or conquer rapids and whirlpools with the help of professional guides. You also can explore on your own. For a longer visit, check out the camping facilities. You can also play an 18-hole disc golf game, rent mountain bikes, and climb typically nonaccessible areas with help of a guide. Plan to see Ausable Chasm and other attractions that appeal to you using our Keeseville trip itinerary maker.
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  • We are up here for a weekend of fall foliage viewing. We heard about this place and decided to check it out. It was so beautiful and the views are stunning. Give yourself two hours. We did not have en...  read more »
  • Named as the Grand Canyon of the East with natural trails, scenic views, tubing and rafting.... we took the easiest run trail walk towards the end but return back along the more difficult path, still ...  read more »
  • I love this as something to do with kids, especially small ones (we have 3 under the age of 5). Now, if I was just with adults, I'd lower the rating, but for a family activity this is perfect. Kids ca...  read more »
  • Really nice place, I think it's awesome for a one day trip. We went there from Montreal, Canada, and we only took the basic options, meaning walking and admiring the view :) I cannot climb and all that stuff, but I saw lots of kids doing that. Everybody was having fun, so go there with your family :) The rafting is also an option, next time I will include that too. The road is safe, I have acrophobia but it was OK, no dangerous part. Of course, I haven't done rock climbing. We didn't get the chance to taste the food in the complex because it was already closed, but we ate in town at Pleasant Corner Restaurant. Enjoy your trip!
  • We did it all. Walking, rafting and the Adventure trail. The trails are good and offer overlooks of the chasm which was a huge surprise as to how vast it was. The raft ride on the short rapids (only a minute but fun). If you tube, you have to pick up and walk around the rapids. Heard that in May the rapids are a little more intense. Our teen children did the Adventure trail and it is nothing short of real rock climbing. You are harnessed for traversing the cliff faces and 3 wire suspended bridges across the chasm. Trolley pick up when you are done rafting. Good gift shop and snack area. We were there on a weekday (Wed.) and it wasn't too busy but heard it can be a long wait for the rafting.
  • Mini grand canyon is amazing. However I think it's best to stay away from water tubing. The water tubing relies on the flow of the river and the river doesn't move that fast. And Sometimes the crosswinds takes you back upstream. I think it's completely waste of time. They should take it out of the menu.
  • I want to give this place a higher rating because it's definitely worth it, but tickets to get in and around are absurdly high. You would've thought something like this would be free or at least very cheap, but that's certainly not the case. I would recommend visiting the bridge to get good views but don't spend $80 to walk down the trail.
  • Beautiful area BUT.... we waited 2 1/2 hours for the raft tour that was ONLY 20 minutes long. Definitely not worth it. A few of the employees working the tube and rafts mentioned it is a privately owned attraction and the owner did not want to buy a few more tubes and rafts to keep the lines down and basically all the rafts have holes in them and patched over and over. They also said they are all over worked and under paid and it's a very unsafe work place and management does everything in they're power to keep OSHA out of there. While we were exiting the raft tour a worker fell off the truck face first onto the blacktop road because he slipped, well yes a young 16 year old kid trying to pull a very heavy 300 LB wet raft onto a truck with no floor only framing to stand on is very dangerous and he's lucky he wasn't injured or killed. Imho this place needs a serious looking into, inspections what have you. The owners obviously have a cash cow and could care less about the public or its employees. That all said, we felt we wasted a whole day at this place, was just not worth the price of admission and the most unorganized rafting and tubing attraction I've seen and the workers agreed 100%. Save your money, rent a tube or kayak at your campground and spend the whole day on the water, not 15 minutes after waiting over 2 hours. The 2 stars are for the scenery only, terrible company never again.
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