Ausable Chasm


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Ausable Chasm

(ôsā`bəl), gorge, 2 mi (3.2 km) long, from 20 to 50 ft (6–15 m) wide, from 100 to 200 ft (30–61 m) deep, NE N.Y. The chasm, with its rapids, waterfalls, and curious rock formations, is a popular tourist attraction; Rainbow Falls, 75 ft (23 m) high, is at the southern end of the gorge. The Ausable, a river rising in the Adirondack Mts. and flowing NE to Lake Champlain, continues to carve out the gorge as it passes over the sandstone bedrock.
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Adirondack Park sprawls over more than six million acres of the Adirondack Mountains, some owned by the state of New York, the rest privately owned and protected as "The Forever Wild." We got our first taste at Ausable Chasm, a two-mile-long sandstone gorge in the Ausable River where waterfalls roared over cliffs framed in fall colors.
Ausable Chasm Campground in Ausable Chasm offers easy, flat-water tubing on the Ausable River through the famous chasm: www.ausablechasm.com
Ausable Chasm is just a short drive from Keeseville, where vistors can also walk an interpretive path through that village's historic district.