Best Scenic Drives in New York

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in New York. Use this list to plan your next New York scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Cascades of Attica (5 falls)


Crow Creek flows into and out of the Attica Reservoir, creating drinking water for the Attica area. The water continues to flow into Tonawanda Creek, then into the Niagara River at Tonawanda. The 3 of…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Attica, NY - Scenic Drives - 0
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#2. Marcellus Falls (2 falls)


These 2 waterfalls can be partially viewed in a drive-by, or for more leisurely viewing, park at the fishing access and walk 0.2 mile to the first waterfall and another 0.2 mile to the second. In July…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Marcellus Falls, NY - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.8 mile
Published by Footprint Press

#3. Peppermill Gulf


The only way to describe this journey is by saying it’s an ugly walk to a beautiful waterfall. The creekbed has small rocks, mud, and slimy green growths. It’s not a creekbed we’d voluntarily walk up…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
South Onondaga, NY - Scenic Drives - 1.8 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#4. Chili and Henrietta in Monroe County: Cobblestone House Tour


From a simple Quaker meeting house, to large fancy homes, this tour highlights a diversity of cobblestone buildings. Being far from Lake Ontario, they were all built using field cobblestones. The abov…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Churchville, NY - Scenic Drives - 50 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#5. Button Falls


The creek passes under Button Falls Road then plummets through a narrow rock fissure for two drops. The first is about 2-feet high, the second approximately 8 feet. The falls then drops again through…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Leonardsville, NY - Hiking, Scenic Drives - 0.1 mile
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#6. Old Dam and Edwards Falls


Limestone Creek and this area around Edwards Falls was once a very active mill area. Colonel Elijah Phillips built the first sawmill here in 1792, followed by a gristmill in 1796. The Suburban Trolley…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Manlius, NY - Scenic Drives - 0
Published by Footprint Press

#7. Angel Falls


Located behind the Java Insurance Agency, this waterfall can easily be seen from the Route 78 bridge over Beaver Meadow Creek. It’s a multistaged drop over large slabs of rock. The first drop is appro…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Java Village, NY - Scenic Drives - 0
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#8. Bucktail Falls


Set in a moss and fern covered glen, the water free-falls at a 45 degree angle in the creekbed, then rolls over tight layers of shale for the rest of its journey. A very easy, short walk on a dirt tra…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Otisco Valley, NY - Scenic Drives - 0.1 mile
Published by Footprint Press

#9. Pittsford, Mendon, and Victor in Monroe and Ontario Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


This is an excerpt from the book "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings." The chapter details a driving tour of 22 buildings constructed in the unique cobblestone style and in…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Pittsford, NY - Scenic Drives - 57 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#10. Geneva, Seneca, and Gorham in Ontario and Yates Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


This route offers beautiful scenery on country roads between two Finger Lakes, as well as a diversity of cobblestone construction to admire. The above description is an excerpt from the book "Cobblest…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Geneva, NY - Scenic Drives - 83 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#11. Buttermilk Falls - Owego


Buttermilk Falls can be viewed from Spaulding Hill Road but it’s best to walk the short trail to its base. The waterfall is a multi-stepped cascade in a peaceful tree-lined gully. You may want to wear…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Owego, NY - Scenic Drives - 0.1 mile
Published by Footprint Press

#12. Newark, Phelps, and Clifton Springs in Wayne and Ontario Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


A great diversity of architectural styles and unique cobblestone features await you on this tour. The above description is an excerpt from the book "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Histori…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Phelps, NY - Scenic Drives - 44 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#13. Palmyra, Macedon, and Marion in Wayne County: Cobblestone House Tour


On this route you'll see some basic cobblestone homes. They're not as ornate as ones found on other routes, but a common feature will be cut limestone lintels set on edge over the windows. The above d…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Palmyra, NY - Scenic Drives - 45 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#14. Aunt Sarah’s Falls


Aunt Sarah’s Falls free-falls for its first 30 feet then bounces off a ledge and fans out to double its original width. This waterfall changes dramatically throughout the year, from a spring torrent t…
From the guidebook "200 Waterfalls in Central & Western New York: A Finders' Guide"
Montour Falls, NY - Scenic Drives - 0
Published by Footprint Press

#15. North of Albion in Orleans County: Cobblestone House Tour


On this tour, watch for the creativity of a local mason who did not like to emphasize the horizontal mortar joints. Instead he placed cobbles in horizontal rows but formed a concave depression around…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Albion, NY - Scenic Drives - 64 miles
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#16. Weedsport, Cato, and Elbridge in Cayuga and Onondaga Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


On this tour you’ll visit two cemeteries (in addition to many houses), each with a different cobblestone structure. One is a tall obelisk tombstone, the other is a burial vault. The above description…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Weedsport, NY - Scenic Drives - 53 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#17. South of Batavia in Genesee and Wyoming Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


On this tour you’ll find some very early cobblestone construction and the only 3-story cobblestone building in the U.S. The above description is an excerpt from the book "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Batavia, NY - Scenic Drives - 69 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#18. Greece, Hilton, Hamlin, Clarkson, and Parma in Monroe County: Cobblestone House Tour


Ridge Road opened in 1809 and became a principle east-west stagecoach route following the ridge created by the shoreline of a prehistoric lake, called Lake Iroquois. Houses along Ridge Road were built…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Hilton, NY - Scenic Drives - 55 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#19. Northwest of Lockport in Niagara County: Cobblestone House Tour


On this tour you’ll find several examples of cobblestone houses in the Greek Revival style, with belly windows, and an unusual lintel design called the “Holland hat” effect. The above description is a…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Lockport, NY - Scenic Drives - 22 miles
Published by Footprint Press

#20. Geneseo, Avon, Lima, and Rush in Livingston and Monroe Counties: Cobblestone House Tour


This is an excerpt from the book "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings." The chapter details a driving tour of 12 buildings constructed in the unique cobblestone style and in…
From the guidebook "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings"
Geneseo, NY - Scenic Drives - 72 miles
Published by Footprint Press