I was upstate last weekend and got a chance to check out Ausable Chasm and now I understand why they call it the "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks."If you take the Northway (I-87) and go almost to the Canadian border, you will get a chance to visit one of the state's most unique spots. Ausable Chasm was opened to the public back in 1870 and according to their website, this place is a huge draw in Upstate New York.

More than 10 million visitors have witnessed what mother nature has provided: a uniquely-carved, vertical-walled canyon made of 500 million year old rock.

Ausable Chasm sits close to one of the major fault lines in our state and it's prone to earthquakes. Back in April of 2003 there was a quake that registered 5.3 on the Richter Scale.  Rushing water continues to eat away at the walls and who knows, maybe millions of years from now this will be as wide as the Grand Canyon.

 

You can visit the chasm year round, although most come in the summertime. There is hiking, biking, rock climbing and rafting to get your heart racing. Give yourself a few hours to really take in all that Ausable Chasm has to offer.

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Bonus Video - I took this in Wappinger Falls in April of this year. Looks like someday we might have our own version of the chasm.