Walk the self-guided and above-ground nature trail to witness this spectacular display of ancient Adirondack geology.  Our rustic stone-step and gravel trail features the massive Stone Bridge, Trout Brook, the old Sawmill Site Waterfalls, Artists' Gorge, incredible potholes and of course several surface caves and grottos.  

The trail is ¾ mile and has over 500 stairs of irregular rock, root and timber. Most groups take about 45-60 minutes. Go at your own pace and rest as you need at any of the picturesque benches along the way. If someone in your party isn’t up for the hike, a Mountain Lake PBS produced video,"Under the Adirondacks," plays on a loop, free of charge near the gift shop.

We keep the trail as natural as possible, however you will encounter some bridges, boardwalks, concrete and steel to limit erosion and maintain safety. Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes for the best experience!  Remember, you’re not always underground, so dress for the weather!

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Self-Guided Cave Tours

Summer Rates and Dates

Rates Self Guided Cave Trail -  Summer 2019



Children (5-12 yrs)


Children 4 and under are free!

Visa, Master Card, Discover


For an additional $10.00/Adult & $5.00/Child

Best option for return visits and to do our 2 Chester Challenge Hikes

Season Pass

Shop Hours & Admission Sales

Peak Season:     

May 17 - Sep 3

9am-6pm (last ticket 4:30pm)

Off-Peak Season:

Sep 4 - Oct 20

10am-5pm (last ticket 3:30pm)

Ticket sales end 90 minutes before closing

Plan 1 hour for the trail and 1+ hours for other Activities

Reservations are NOT required for individual visitors

Large groups please go to Plan Your Trip 

What to Wear

Wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes

Dress for the weather! You are mostly above ground and outside (jackets and rain ponchos for sale)

Spray bug repellent on your clothes. Usually it is NOT buggy, but ticks are a problem throughout NYS (repellent for sale in gift shop)

What to Bring

Camera (put your phone on airplane mode while its searching for service)

A light backpack if needed

Water bottle (food and drink available at the snack bar) 

Baby Backpack, trail is not stroller accessible

Pack a Picnic, 2 pavilions and a playground with tables are available (lunch fare for sale at the snack bar)

Sorry, Not Allowed

No Pets - our trails are too narrow and are not a one way track, therefore no pets are allowed

No Strollers – the trail has far too many steps and is too narrow

No Swimming or Fishing – No water activities on the premises, but ask and we’ll tell you where to go!  Or... sign up for our Adventure Tour to get wet and dirty!

No harvesting of plants, rocks, or natural resources.  This land has never been mined, although we have gemstone mining activities at the gift shop

**The trail is not wheelchair accessible, although the shops and PBS video are wheel chair accessible**

**Trail not advisable for anyone with a health problem that prohibits climbing up/down uneven steps**