Death Falls Secret Falls

Ray Brook, New York

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A quick walk takes you to a lacy curtain of water over a sheer drop, shattering into a hundred tiny streams on the rocks below. Death Falls gets its name from Death Brook, the stream on which it flows, and if there’s a story to be told about how this brook got its name, we have not been able to find it. Perhaps that’s why many locals refer to this waterway as Secret Falls, a more romantic and more palatable name that won’t scare young children away from walking here. The falls itself, a delicate cascade with myriad streams trickling down the rock face, presents a gentler image than many of the pounding chutes and slides featured on so many Adirondack hikes, making it seem to be one of the least deadly of the region’s water features.
Hiking Waterfalls in New York

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Hiking Waterfalls in New York

by Randi Minetor (Falcon Guides)

A quick walk takes you to a lacy curtain of water over a sheer drop, shattering into a hundred tiny streams on the rocks below. Death Falls gets its name from Death Brook, the stream on which it flows, and if there’s a story to be told about how this brook got its name, we have not been able to find it.

Perhaps that’s why many locals refer to this waterway as Secret Falls, a more romantic and more palatable name that won’t scare young children away from walking here. The falls itself, a delicate cascade with myriad streams trickling down
the rock face, presents a gentler image than many of the pounding chutes and slides featured on so many Adirondack hikes, making it seem to be one of the least deadly of the region’s water features.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ray Brook
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20 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 37
Driving Directions: Directions to Death Falls (Secret Falls)

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Apr 2018