Hiking Waterfalls in New York  by Randi Minetor

Hiking Waterfalls in New York Guide Book

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Waterfalls in New York  by Randi Minetor
If you’re not from New York State, you may have no idea that the state’s 47,836 square miles of land north of New York City contain some of the most picturesque places in the nation. The I-87 corridor, for example—“The Adirondack Northway” to upstate residents—once earned the praise of Parade magazine as America’s most scenic highway. You can access many of the state’s waterfalls from this majestic road as it winds through the mountains, meandering by Lake Placid, Lake George, and a number of other sparkling gems.

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Trails from the "Hiking Waterfalls in New York" Guide Book
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Legend has it that in the early 1800s, several murders took place right here in a single night: A family became unsuspecting victims of a desperate man named Sanders, an Indian man named Gray Wolf died defending a young native woman from this crazed killer, and Sanders died of wounds inflicted by Gray Wolf. The story differs depending on who tells it, but the event gave this waterway its name: Murder Creek. This waterfall viewpoint straddles the edge between developed land and wilderness. Depending on the season, you may see a raging torrent of greenish water and churning foam, or a soothing trickle cascading serenely over the precipice. Go in early spring or in autumn to see the falls at their most exciting.
Buffalo, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2
Take a quick walk to the top of a briskly tumbling slide. This short walk along the St. Regis River gives you a quick glimpse of some nicely forested land in Parishville, culminating in a good look at one of the area’s most popular waterfalls. Its popularity has taken a toll on the surrounding land, however. You will see bottles, cans, and other leave-behinds from the many picnickers who love this spot (though apparently not enough to keep it clean). Your walk begins on a level path zigzagged with mature tree roots, and then drops sharply as you reach the top of the falls.
Watertown, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
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Get a bird’s-eye view of a man-made marvel’s ability to alter a local landscape. The gorge you see below you plays an integral role in preventing flooding here when major storms-like Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Superstorm Sandy in 2012-suddenly drive up the water levels. If you plan to stand on this bridge for long, pick a sunny day and be sure to steer clear of traffic. At this location, the land around the gorge is owned by New York City and is not accessible to the public.
Kingston, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
Ten millennia ago, glaciers loaded this area with cliffs, gorges, and rivers—and more than its fair share of rushing waterfalls. These three destinations, all within a 2-mile drive or walk, make the village of Montour Falls a popular area with tourists and residents alike. Here a variety of waterways, some of which vanish in the summer heat, bring torrents of water rushing from the tops of stately cliffs during spring runoff and after a hard summer rain. In winter, water that flowed freely at 33 degrees Fahrenheit solidifies into fantastic shapes as the temperature drops, freezing midway down the cliff face.
Montour Falls, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
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Get ready to explore one of the Adirondacks’ most famous landmarks. Ausable Chasm: The name itself conjures up images of high stone walls, winding trails, narrow passages, 500-million-year-old rock faces, mysterious caves, and gently flowing waters. That’s exactly what Irishman William Gilliland discovered in 1765 when he took a boat up the west shore of Lake Champlain and glided into this almost mystical place on the Ausable River. Hearing of his discovery, settlers soon followed to make the most of the dependable waterpower and the abundant Atlantic salmon that swam up the river to spawn within the gorge. Mills, lumber industry operations, iron ore mining and processing, and nail manufacturing moved into the area to make the most of its bountiful natural resources—all powered by the two waterfalls you came here to see: Horseshoe and Rainbow Falls.
Ausable Chasm, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
An easy hike on wide carriage roads leads to a lushly flowing falls. What did you think of the quartz conglomerate cliff you passed in your car on your way to the park? You’ve arrived on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge—“The Gunks” to people in the know—and you may find yourself hiking alongside people in technical climbing gear who are ready to scale those cliff s and others throughout the park. Many lifetime New Yorkers have no idea that this ridge exists, so I’ll let you in on a secret: This park rivals North Country hotspots like the Berkshire Mountains and Acadia National Park for aromatic evergreen forests, crystal-clear “sky lakes,” and dramatic rock walls with long streams of falling water.
Kerhonkson, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
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Rain or shine, the best place to view this merry falls is from the shelter of a carefully preserved covered bridge. The best thing about this little walk is the carefully restored 1879 covered bridge that provides a sheltered viewing platform over Beecher Creek. Constructed by farmer Arad Copeland to give his livestock an easy route to pastures beyond the creek, the 35-foot-long bridge is the only queenpost truss structure in New York State—a construction technique that uses two supporting truss posts instead of just one to hold up the roof.
Edinburg, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
Stretching the entire breadth of the river’s mouth, this complex of waterfalls never fails to impress.
Watertown, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
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Spafford’s well-kept secret hides in a neighborhood glade.
Syracuse, NY - Hiking,Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 0.1
Apple cider, doughnuts, and a glorious view of the falls—it’s the ultimate autumn experience.
Watertown, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
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Just out of sight from the road, this lichen-covered shale gorge encircles a long, slender falls.
Stamford, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
A roaring cascade hides deep in a hemlock forest.
Stamford, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
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A creamy slide provides an impressive entrance for a waterside hiking adventure. Buttermilk Falls may hold the title as the most popular park in the Cayuga Lake area, with its immediately accessible waterfall, easily reached scenic overlooks, and plentiful picnic areas and ball fields. The falls that gives the park its name appears instantly as you pull into the Lower Park Entrance. A frothy, creamy white confection in high water seasons, Buttermilk Falls diminishes to skeins of silvery ribbon in summer, nearly vanishing altogether by August.
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
Huge slabs of rock provide close-up access to this dramatic falls, which surges with raw power during spring and fall high water seasons.
Ray Brook, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
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A churning, foaming, creamy-as-milk falls surrounded by brilliant foliage lives up to its name.
Troy, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
Many spirits dwelled here at this sheer drop, including the distilled kind. If you’re looking for a waterfall with a storied past, Carpenter’s Falls offers a century’s worth of tales almost as colorful as the bridal veil falls itself. Back nearly 200 years in 1834, the Carpenter family—James Carpenter and his son John—bought this property and the whiskey still that stood at the top of the falls. They built a sawmill that became a gristmill, and used the falls to power these enterprises.
Syracuse, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.3
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Look up . . . and up, and up . . . to catch this gleaming ribbon as it slides down the mountain.
Ray Brook, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.1
One sublime falls follows another on this up-and-down walk through a striking gorge.
Ithaca, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
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Descend into a gorge for head-on views of a wide, multitiered cascade, revealing a cross section of upstate New York geology. Begin at the top of one of central New York’s hidden gems, where Chittenango Falls tumbles an impressive 167 feet over a series of ridges in the north-flowing Chittenango Creek. Whether it’s a leisurely trickle in the heat of summer or a rushing torrent in early May, this waterfall reveals more than 400 million years of geologic history behind its descending waters.
Fayetteville, NY - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.4
A quiet wood disguises a narrow, hidden path along the edge of Bozen Kill, with spectacular views of three waterfalls along its length. When The Nature Conservancy acquired this property from the Christman family in 1970, the family had long since transformed the land into a nature sanctuary. Will Christman, born on this farm in 1865, began feeding birds in winter in 1888, using the grass and weed seeds he and his wife would find on their property. An award-winning poet in his own right, Christman corresponded with Walt Whitman and Robert Frost, even bringing Frost and his wife to this farm as his guests.
Albany, NY - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2
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