Carpenter’s Falls

Syracuse, New York

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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.
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by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

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.

© 2014 Randi Minetor/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Syracuse
Distance: 0.3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 E. Court St., Ithaca 14850; (607) 275-9487; www.fllt.org. NYSDEC Region 7, 615 Erie Blvd. W., Syracuse 13204; (315) 426-7400; www.dec.ny.gov/about/615.html.
Local Maps: www.fllt.org/getres.php?id=392
Driving Directions: Directions to Carpenter’s Falls

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