One of the most beautiful spots for a family picnic or a hike along a scenic countryside trail in the Speculator area might just be the Griffin Gorge.
A journey along the Adirondack Trail reveals some impressive geological formations within the gorge, a site that is sure to impress the adults and children alike in its natural beauty. The bridge over the gorge offers a breathtaking view, and the easily navigated path will lead hikers to a naturally spectacular 8-foot cascading waterfalls — the largest on the east end of the Sacandaga River.
There‘s even a small swimming hole at the base of the falls, but the path is kind of tricky getting down to the bottom so it is recommended for more experienced hikers.
History buffs will also want to inspect the gorge formations closely for signs of the old 19th century logging operations and tanneries that were a big part of life in the village of Griffin more than a century ago. Once upon a time, Griffin was home to a thriving logging business. It was also a place where trappers would bring their animal skins to be processed into leather using the chemical tannin — hence the term tannery. Both the businesses and the village are long gone now, but the hunt for the relics of the past continue in the gorge.
Griffin Gorge is just a few miles from the intersection of Routes 30 and 8 between Speculator and Wells along the Adirondack Trail. Head east on Route 8 for about 2.5 miles to Teachout Road, and a little less than a quarter mile up you’ll cross the bridge to the parking area.
For the tech savvy with GPS, the latitude for Griffin Gorge is 43.473299 and longitude is -74.223769.
There’s no need for the long drive to Niagara to see nature’s waterfall splendor — the falls in Griffin Gorge might not be quite as big, but it’s definitely equally beautiful in its own more modest way. Plus it hasn’t become a tourist trap, so the gorge offers a sanctuary from the modern world’s hustle and bustle. Enjoy the waterfalls the way nature intended — along the Adirondack Trail in Griffin Gorge.