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.

  • #1 Cascades of Attica (5 falls)

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    Attica, NY

    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. ...
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    Crow Creek flows into and out of the Attica Reservoir, creating drinking water for the Attica area. The water continues to ...

  • #2 Marcellus Falls (2 falls)

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    Marcellus Falls, NY

    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. ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
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    These 2 waterfalls can be partially viewed in a drive-by, or for more leisurely viewing, park at the fishing access and walk ...

  • #3 Old Dam and Edwards Falls

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    Manlius, NY

    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 ...
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    Limestone Creek and this area around Edwards Falls was once a very active mill area. Colonel Elijah Phillips built the first ...

  • #4 Peppermill Gulf

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    South Onondaga, NY

    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 ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  1.8 miles
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    The only way to describe this journey is by saying it’s an ugly walk to a beautiful waterfall. The creekbed has small rocks, ...

  • #5 Chili and Henrietta in Monroe County: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Churchville, NY

    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. ...
    •  2 hours
    •  50 miles
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    From a simple Quaker meeting house, to large fancy homes, this tour highlights a diversity of cobblestone buildings. Being ...

  • #6 Angel Falls

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    Java Village, NY

    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 ...
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    Located behind the Java Insurance Agency, this waterfall can easily be seen from the Route 78 bridge over Beaver Meadow Creek. ...

  • #7 Button Falls

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    Leonardsville, NY

    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 ...
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    The creek passes under Button Falls Road then plummets through a narrow rock fissure for two drops. The first is about 2-feet ...

  • #8 Bucktail Falls

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    Otisco Valley, NY

    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 ...
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    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 ...

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

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    Pittsford, NY

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  57 miles
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    This is an excerpt from the book "Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York's Historic Buildings." The chapter details a ...

  • #10 Buttermilk Falls - Owego

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    Owego, NY

    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 ...
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    •  0.1 miles
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    Buttermilk Falls can be viewed from Spaulding Hill Road but it’s best to walk the short trail to its base. The waterfall ...

  • #11 Geneva, Seneca, and Gorham in Ontario and Yates Counties: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Geneva, NY

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  83 miles
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    This route offers beautiful scenery on country roads between two Finger Lakes, as well as a diversity of cobblestone construction ...

  • #12 Aunt Sarah’s Falls

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    Montour Falls, NY

    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 ...
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    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 ...

  • #13 Newark, Phelps, and Clifton Springs in Wayne and Ontario Counties: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Phelps, NY

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  44 miles
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    A great diversity of architectural styles and unique cobblestone features await you on this tour. The above description is ...

  • #14 Palmyra, Macedon, and Marion in Wayne County: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Palmyra, NY

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  45 miles
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    On this route you'll see some basic cobblestone homes. They're not as ornate as ones found on other routes, but a common ...

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

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    Albion, NY

    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 ...
    •  3 hours
    •  64 miles
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    On this tour, watch for the creativity of a local mason who did not like to emphasize the horizontal mortar joints. Instead ...

  • #16 Weedsport, Cato, and Elbridge in Cayuga and Onondaga Counties: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Weedsport, NY

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  53 miles
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    On this tour you’ll visit two cemeteries (in addition to many houses), each with a different cobblestone structure. One is ...

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

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    Batavia, NY

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  69 miles
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    On this tour you’ll find some very early cobblestone construction and the only 3-story cobblestone building in the U.S. The ...

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

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    Hilton, NY

    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 ...
    •  2.5 hours
    •  55 miles
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    Ridge Road opened in 1809 and became a principle east-west stagecoach route following the ridge created by the shoreline ...

  • #19 Shequaga Falls

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    Montour Falls, NY

    The Indian name for this waterfall is She-Qua-Ga meaning “tumbling waters.” You’ll sometimes see it spelled Chequagua. It’s illuminated at night as it flows right to the doorstep of Montour Falls. ...
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    The Indian name for this waterfall is She-Qua-Ga meaning “tumbling waters.” You’ll sometimes see it spelled Chequagua. It’s ...

  • #20 Northwest of Lockport in Niagara County: Cobblestone House Tour

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    Lockport, NY

    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 ...
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    •  22 miles
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    On this tour you’ll find several examples of cobblestone houses in the Greek Revival style, with belly windows, and an unusual ...