Jimmy Creek Falls

Ray Brook, New York

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An easy walk through a magical, fragrant wood leads to a hidden falls surrounded by lush greenery. If these woods are not enchanted, they certainly ought to be: verdant with moss as thick as plushy Berber carpeting, and fragrant with the combined natural scents of hemlock, balsam, and pine. A sienna ribbon of last year’s needles leads you through the woods to the waterfall—and the falls itself, a diminutive cascade compared to many in the area, scribes such a lacy pattern over the rocks that they shimmer in the sunlight that dapples through the leafy upper story. Ferns and other ground-hugging vegetation crowd around the trickling falls, framing it with life. You won’t want to miss this short but lively hike. From the Adirondack Northway (I-87), take exit 13N to NY 9N/US 9 toward Ballston Spa. Follow NY 9N 4.5 miles to NY 29 West. Turn left onto NY 29 West and drive 23.2 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit onto NY 30/NY 8 North. Continue about 10 miles, cross Lake Pleasant, and turn right onto NY 8. In 1.2 miles, you will reach a parking area.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

An easy walk through a magical, fragrant wood leads to a hidden falls surrounded by lush greenery. If these woods are not enchanted, they certainly ought to be: verdant with moss as thick as plushy Berber carpeting, and fragrant with the combined natural scents of hemlock, balsam, and pine. A sienna ribbon of last year’s needles leads you through the woods to the waterfall—and the falls itself, a diminutive cascade compared to many in the area, scribes such a lacy pattern over the rocks that they shimmer in the sunlight that dapples through the leafy upper story. Ferns and other ground-hugging vegetation crowd around the trickling falls, framing it with life. You won’t want to miss this short but lively hike.

From the Adirondack Northway (I-87), take exit 13N to NY 9N/US 9 toward Ballston Spa. Follow NY 9N 4.5 miles to NY 29 West. Turn left onto NY 29 West and drive 23.2 miles to a traffic circle. Take the first exit onto NY 30/NY 8 North. Continue about 10 miles, cross Lake Pleasant, and turn right onto NY 8. In 1.2 miles, you will reach a parking area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ray Brook
Distance: 0.1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 15 minutes
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: NYSDEC Region 5, 1115 NY 86, PO Box 296, Ray Brook 12977; (518) 8971200 www.dec.ny.gov/about/631.html
Local Maps: DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 66
Driving Directions: Directions to Jimmy Creek Falls

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