Stockbridge Falls

Wampsville, New York

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This roadside falls tumbles over many levels and slides smoothly under a bridge. Back when construction began on the Erie Canal (which opened in 1825), a special kind of limestone called hydraulic lime was discovered near Stockbridge Falls. Because of its high clay content, hydraulic lime can provide a much faster initial set time underwater than other kinds of limestone, and it does not require expansion joints, which made it a hot commodity for building a 363-mile-long, water-bearing cement ditch from Albany to Buffalo. Once the quarry here had run its course, the falls became the site of the local schoolhouse—which still stands nearby on Stockbridge Falls Road, though it became a private home in 1938.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

This roadside falls tumbles over many levels and slides smoothly under a bridge.

Back when construction began on the Erie Canal (which opened in 1825), a special kind of limestone called hydraulic lime was discovered near Stockbridge Falls. Because of its high clay content, hydraulic lime can provide a much faster initial set time underwater than other kinds of limestone, and it does not require expansion joints, which made it a hot commodity for building a 363-mile-long, water-bearing cement ditch from Albany to Buffalo.

Once the quarry here had run its course, the falls became the site of the local schoolhouse—which still stands nearby on Stockbridge Falls Road, though it became a private home in 1938.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wampsville
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 5-10 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Madison County Planning Department, PO Box 606, Wampsville 13163; (315) 366-2376; www.madisoncounty.ny.gov
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 62
Driving Directions: Directions to Stockbridge Falls

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