This is a short, uphill climb to a natural waterslide on Buttermilk Brook. Two picnic tables make Bear Slides a great destination for a picnic and afternoon of fun in the water. Bring something to slide down the rocks on. The water is not deep enough to swim, but there are numerous fun wading opportunities in addition to the slide.
More information at NYSDEC website
Location: River Rd, Warrensburg
Parking and Directions:
Take the Northway to Exit 21. Turn south on NY-9N towards Lake Luzerne for 7.1 miles. Turn right onto Old Stage Rd for 1.5 miles. Turn left onto Thomas Rd for 1.7 miles. Turn right onto River Rd. Pass the first parking area and park in the second parking area, on the right. You’ll see a small house shaped sign with a “6” on it, next to a rock with a red trail marker. This is the trailhead.
Google Maps directions
Trailhead Coordinates: -73 52.8 43 24.06
Things to Do Nearby: Bear Slides is part of the Hudson River Recreation Area, which offers numerous primitive camping locations, as well as access to about twelve miles of river frontage for swimming, picnicking, boating and tubing. The hamlet of Lake Luzerne, offering shopping, dining, and museums, is nearby.