200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York A Findersand39; Guide  by Rich & Sue Freeman

200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide Guide Book

by Rich & Sue Freeman (Footprint Press)
200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York A Findersand39; Guide  by Rich & Sue Freeman
Everyone can now enjoy the magic of waterfalls – this guidebook leads the way. Reaching them can be an easy drive-by, a short walk, or a challenging hike. Spend a hot summer day getting your feet wet walking a rocky creekbed to sit in the spray of a waterfall. Return during different seasons and watch each waterfall’s personality change. The adventures are almost endless. This map-filled guidebook shows: where to find waterfalls, when and where to go for best viewing, and the time & effort required to reach each waterfall. Why delay? Begin exploring these beautiful waterfalls today. Central and Western New York has an abundance of waterfalls awaiting your discovery.

© 2005 Rich and Sue Freeman/Footprint Press. All Rights Reserved.

Trails from the "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide" Guide Book
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Located behind the Java Insurance Agency, this waterfall can easily be seen from the Route 78 bridge over Beaver Meadow Creek. It’s a multistaged drop over large slabs of rock. The first drop is approximately 15-feet high, followed by a 6-foot drop.
Java Village, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0
Conesus Creek leaves the mill pond above Littleville bridge, free-falls over the dam then winds its way over a series of stone slabs and small falls on its way to the 5 arch bridge. This bridge was built in 1856-57 by the Genesee Valley Railroad to span Conesus Creek. It’s 200-feet long and 12- feet wide and made of limestone. In its heyday, the trains crossing this bridge made 13 runs per day between Rochester and Mount Morris. The line was electrified in 1907 and was abandoned in 1941.
Avon, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length:
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Aunt Sarah’s Falls free-falls for its first 30 feet then bounces off a ledge and fans out to double its original width. This waterfall changes dramatically throughout the year, from a spring torrent to an impressive wall of sculptured ice in winter.
Montour Falls, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0
To view the waterfalls, follow the trails as they wind up the hillside through the woods to observation platforms overlooking the deep gorge and waterfalls that plummet over rock ledges.
Canandaigua, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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Set in a moss and fern covered glen, the water free-falls at a 45 degree angle in the creekbed, then rolls over tight layers of shale for the rest of its journey. A very easy, short walk on a dirt trail takes you to the base of this idyllic waterfall. Take bug spray if you plan to stay any length of time. Bugs also find this an appealing location. Or, visit in winter when bugs are not a problem, and the waterfall is partially frozen over forming a wintertime spectacle.
Otisco Valley, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0.1
The hike to Bud Brook will get your heart pumping—a good aerobic workout. You’ll climb through a forest, cross fields and pasture lands and gain a vista of the valley below from a high vantage point. Your reward will be at least a dozen small drops in a babbling brook.
Dryden, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 2.4
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You’ll see Buttermilk Falls the minute you drive into this state park. It looms above as a frothy white cascade, 80-feet wide. It’s comprised of two segments, called First Fall and Second Fall, each approximately 90-feet high. At the base is a dammed swimming area. Buttermilk Creek drops 500 feet in a series of waterfalls and rapids, on its way to Cayuga Inlet. Above Buttermilk Falls, the gorge widens to an amphitheater where rocks project in a semicircle forming Pulpit Rock and Pulpit Falls. Farther up, you’ll find Pinnacle Rock, also called Monument Rock or Steeple Rock. This 50-feet high stone pillar stands in the center of the glen, detached from the sides. Pinnacle Rock has worn down at a rate of one inch per century.
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
Buttermilk Falls can be viewed from Spaulding Hill Road but it’s best to walk the short trail to its base. The waterfall is a multi-stepped cascade in a peaceful tree-lined gully. You may want to wear bug repellent to visit this waterfall. We got buzzed during our visit.
Owego, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0.1
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The creek passes under Button Falls Road then plummets through a narrow rock fissure for two drops. The first is about 2-feet high, the second approximately 8 feet. The falls then drops again through another narrow fissure and cascades approximately 40 feet down a rock face.
Leonardsville, NY - Hiking,Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0.1
Carpenter Falls is an awesome display of power. The water is channeled through a notch in the 10-feet thick, overhung Tully limestone caprock and plummets straight down for 80 feet. Then the water continues its downward run over a series of long, flat, sloped rocks through the gorge valley.
Skaneateles, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
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Crow Creek flows into and out of the Attica Reservoir, creating drinking water for the Attica area. The water continues to flow into Tonawanda Creek, then into the Niagara River at Tonawanda. The 3 official waterfalls that comprise the Cascades of Attica are near Cascade Road. But, they’re on private property and off-limits to visitors. These waterfalls are estimated to be 6-feet-high, 60-feet-high, and a 6-foot-high gradual cascade spreading downhill for 24 feet. The waterfalls you can view in Crow Creek are near Dunbar Road, downstream from the Attica Reservoir. The upper one is a dam with a 10- foot free fall. The lower one, closest to Dunbar Road, is a natural waterfall about 4-feet high.
Attica, NY - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0
The ravine once began at William’s Mill at the center of the village of Ithaca where the first settlers built their cabins. Today it drops 400 feet from Cornell University campus to downtown Ithaca. Cascadilla Gorge’s nickname is “Giant’s Staircase,” appropriate due to the many stairs you’ll climb.
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
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We visited this waterfall in mid-April. Water oozed from the land and the trail was still dotted with patches of snow. Our boots quickly soaked through but our reward was a lush waterfall. A ribbon of water starts its cascade above the trail. Then just after passing the trail, it crests and plunges about 20 feet, only to return to its ribbon cascade for as far as the eye can see down the hillside.
Lincklaen, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 3
Chittenango Creek flows north from Cazenovia Lake to Oneida Lake. At Chittenango Falls State Park it plunges off the Allegany Plateau, cutting through Onondaga limestone. The water takes a single large leap for half its total distance then cascades in a series of smaller steps. With spring runoff, it makes a mighty roar as water is shot off ledges at various angles.
Syracuse, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.1
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The Allens Creek valley is a natural oasis in the middle of a suburban landscape. It was saved from development by the efforts of many caring people and officially became a nature park in 1999. Native Americans had one of their major footpaths through this valley and a sacred burial ground was documented in the 1800s. European traders established ties with the Indians at nearby Indian Landing. With the coming of more Europeans, the valley was turned into farmland and mills were built to harness the power of Allens Creek.
Brighton, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 0.8
County Line Falls is actually two waterfalls, an upper and a lower, in a drainage tributary to Hemlock Lake. The upper fall is a 50-foot steep cascade over a rock ledge to a deep gorge with a sharp bend at the base of the waterfall. To get to the lower waterfall requires a walk down a steep bank. This waterfall is a 25-foot free-fall. The trail to the waterfalls is generally unmowed, tall grass. It was developed in 1995 as part of a small timber harvest. In winter this trail would make a nice snowshoe route to view the upper (but not the lower) waterfall. You can hike to the waterfalls and directly back for 1.0 mile or take the loop trail for 1.5 miles. At the far end of the loop you’re at the top of Reynolds Gully, but too high up to see any of its waterfalls.
Hemlock, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1
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It’s an easy walk to see these 4-foot, 3-foot, and 25-foot cascades through rock cuts. At least it would be, if there wasn’t one darn washed-out gully to cross. Oh well, every adventure needs a challenge.
Hammondsport, NY - Hiking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 0.5
Walking in this creekbed, you’re in a narrow gorge cut through layers of shale. The waterfall is a narrow cascade through a notch in the gorge with 25-feet and 10-feet drops. An upper falls, 75-feet high, is located higher in the gorge, under the Route 224 bridge. To reach this requires a very steep trail climb.
Montour Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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The area around Densmore Creek is heavily populated and we humans have not been kind to this creekbed and waterfall. Trash is abundant along the banks and in the pool below the waterfall. Still, it’s hard to spoil the beauty of any waterfall. Densmore Falls begins with a series of ledges with drops of 10 feet and flat sections between. Then the water rushes over a gradual cascade down the layers of shale for 15 feet.
Irondequoit, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
White water kayakers named these waterfalls Double Drop. They’re part of the Flint Creek run that these adventurers run in spring when the water is high (see web site www.americanwhitewater.org/rivers). Thanks to Ontario Pathways, you can stay dry and still visit these waterfalls.
Phelps, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Mountain Biking,Snowshoeing - Trail Length: 1.2
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