OK Slip Falls Trail

EASY 87 reviews

OK Slip Falls Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Lake, New York that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.7 miles
1,013 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


The trail to OK Slip Falls in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness is open to the public. The three-mile hike leads to an overlook that provides a scenic view of the falls. The parking area for the trailhead is located on the south side of Route 28, approximately 7.5 miles east of the community of Indian Lake. The trailhead itself is on the north side of Route 28, 0.2 miles west of the parking area. The trail also provides access to Ross, Whortleberry and Big Bad Luck Ponds. Approximately a half mile from the trailhead hikers should turn right onto the trail to OK Slip Falls. Follow the trail another 2.5 miles to the overlook on the east side of the OK Slip Gorge. OK Slip Falls is considered one of the highest falls in the Adirondacks and its waters flow into the Hudson River near the center of the Hudson Gorge.

5 days ago

a very long 3 miles. there's alot of walking on rocks and many tree roots. very hilly terrain. allow 3 hours each way. The falls were ok. nothing spectacular

9 days ago

Gorgeous. A good workout and the falls are an amazing reward.

20 days ago

Went during black fly season, luckily they were just annoying and not biting. took the trail to the right and ended up with a great view of the falls. long hike in but view was well worth it. terrain wasn't bad at all.

23 days ago

Disappointed. Thought we would be able to get a lot closer to the falls than across the gorge.

1 month ago

Good hike for people of all abilities. Options for visiting the overlook, the top of the falls, and the Hudson River are all possible. We hiked to the overlook, then to the top of the falls and then to the Hudson River before returning to the trailhead for a total of 8.8 miles, which includes the short walk along NY Highway 28 to the parking area. New boardwalks make the boggy areas much easier to traverse.

2 months ago

Hiked OK Slip 4/24/18. GIVE IT A COUPLE WEEKS FROM THIS DATE, It will be explained at the bottom. 60% is still snow and ice. The rest is very muddy. Recommend spikes or some sort of Yaktracs. It is currently IMPOSSIBLE to get to the falls right at the end of the trail. You can kinda see the falls through the tree line but do not recommend heading any further than the trail sign marking “hwy 28”, “falls”, “Hudson river trail”. With the moisture coming off the falls and the cold air coming off the side of the hill (even in 60 degree weather) there was a sheet of ice over the hill and completely covered the trail. Steep incline. Don’t attempt at this time.
Other than that it was a beautiful hike and will be back.

3 months ago

The trail was covered in two inches of fresh, light snow. We were the first to break the powder and had to put on spikes.

It’s seemed like a long three miles in, but the hike was easy. The trail meanders through rolling ups-and-downs until you reach the falls. Very few inclines get your heart pounding.

The falls are beautiful. If you go in the winter be careful of ice. Falling over the side seems almost easy if you’re not wearing spikes.

8 months ago

A very easy, long walk in the woods that leaves you with great views! Didn't expect the waterfall to be so full this time of year so it was a nice treat. Packed a lunch and really enjoyed taking in the views with my hiking buddy. Just a friendly suggestion - cross the road from the parking lot and walk along the road there to the trail sign. First walk to what we thought was the entrance to the trailhead was not what we thought it was and can be easily missed on the other side of the road. Looking forward to returning to this hike and also hiking the other trails! :-)

9 months ago

Great trail! Beautiful waterfall at the end! It was raining for 2 days prior to our hike but it was only slightly muddy here and there. After you park in the lot, you have to walk down the road about
.2 tenths of a mile and the trailhead is on the OPPOSITE side of the parking lot fyi. Would recommend this trail.

9 months ago

Nicely kept trail. Definitely bring some good water resistant hiking boots if there's been any recent rain.

9 months ago

Awesome experience had a great time there. Here is a video clip from the trip! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNa7aZlmt_w&t=165s

Please feel free to check it out!

10 months ago

I would say it was moderate. The trip down to the Hudson was worth it too.

10 months ago


10 months ago

I loved this trail! The weather was perfect 8-26-17! I came in the morning around 10:30 and there were only 2 other cars when I arrived. I trail was for the most part drier than July. I had been waiting for the bug situation to clear up somewhat also too. It has just been so bad this year with bugs and rain. Once I got to the Falls the view was just spectacular! I will definitely do this hike and other trails here in the future!

10 months ago

Very long hike , nice hike though , very well maintained, lots of trail markers , absolutely beautiful view at the end . We went down to the bottom of the falls it's a very very steep hike down and back to the bottom , so be prepared, however it is a have to , the falls are gorgeous from that view , we hung out along time at the base of the falls and ate lunch and soaked in the beautiful views .
The trail was very dry , but if it rains I can see where the mud would be much in some spots , I would take that into consideration after a rainfall

Loved our day at the falls

10 months ago

Easy hike, but a good enough distance to be worth the trip, plus an awesome view at the end. Still pretty buggy even in late August. A popular option so don't expect to be out on your own!

10 months ago

WOW! A very long hike to get here but nothing short of breathtaking! It was an amazing experience! Here is a video I pit together highlighting the hike!


Please feel free to check it out if you want to see videos of the hike!

11 months ago

forest was beautiful! Long hike to a pretty nice view of the falls however it would have been nice to hike down to the bottom of the falls, there was a sign that said remainder of trail was closed, so that was a little disappointing. However we were proud of our three young boys under 8 to make the 6 mile trek!

11 months ago

Excellent way to spend a few hours in the woods. Fairly flat with a few rolling sections. Very muddy!

11 months ago

Gorgeous rushing waterfall at the end of the trail. Rained first part of the hike, very muddy in sections but walkways had been built over the worst sections of the trail. Well worth the hike!

11 months ago

A great easy half day hike. The trail is mostly flat. Make sure to have hiking boots because the trail can be very wet, slippery, and muddy. while hiking towards the falls we heard someone screaming up ahead. The best assumption we were able to make at the time was that a swimmer was being carried away or hurt but when we got to the falls we saw inexperienced swimmers goofing around having a good time at the bottom of falls while trying to hold onto the rocks so they would not be carried away with the current.

Hint: I don't recommend swimming in the falls.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The trail is well marked and worn. There's no chance of getting lost. But the mud is unreal. If a recent reviewer had said it's muddy, believe them! I greatly underestimated the amount of mud. It took me 2 hours both ways to traverse the trail (but I was also carrying a 40 pound toddler on my back so I was already moving a little slow). The Falls were wonderful though and it's such a nice place to have a picnic lunch.

Monday, July 10, 2017

It's about 1 1/2 hr each way, view of the falls is great. Muddy in areas so bring hiking boots.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Sooo wet and muddy! Nice though because terrain was varied. Beautiful waterfall for the reward. Im sure better when no torrential rains night before. Well marked just very wet.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Easy trail and well marked. It gets pretty challenging if you climb down to the base of the falls but it is totally worth it. Fantastic waterfall!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hiked this today the hike was nice and easy with a few tough spots. At the very end it becomes challenging if you hike down to the falls...but definitely worth it.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Great trail ... alot of water around you so expect bugs ... going down the side is hard ... someone put ropes there thank you so much .... got to the bottom ... marked great and the waterfall is amazing

Monday, May 29, 2017

Nice walk to get to the waterfall. Make sure you bring bug spray and be prepared for the steep decent down if you want to go down under the falls.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Great day for a walk in the woods with a reward at the end. Beautiful waterfall!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

This trail is not as easy as many reviewers indicate. There is a lot of up and down. There are a lot of rocks and roots to trip one up.

The trail is immaculate and well marked and maintained and there is a reward at the end, a nice view of the falls.

I would recommend the trail but not rate it as easy.

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