Conklin Gully/Parish Glen

Naples, New York 14512

Conklin Gully/Parish Glen

Conklin Gully/Parish Glen Professional Review and Guide

"Conklin Gully can be hiked as a short circuit or as the beginning and end of a much longer loop through the High Tor Wildlife Management Area. The short loop along the rim of a deeply incised ravine offers a short but steep climb with the quick reward of two steep waterfalls and some scenic vistas. The trail is mostly unmarked and, due to sheer cliffs, not a good choice for young children."

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"The locals call this ravine Parish Glen. The Parish family settled in the Naples area in 1789, on roughly a thousand acres that included Parish Glen and Parish Hill (now part of Hi Tor). No one knows where the name Conklin Gully came from, other than that it shows up on USGS topographical maps.

This hike begins and ends with steep climbs. But the views of the gorge and waterfalls are well worth the climb. At the eastern end you'll cross two branches of the creek which merge to form the Conklin Gully gorge. The view draws you in but be wary. Don't go near the edges of the gorge – the banks often overhang with no support underneath. Because of this, Conklin Gully isn't the best hike for small children. There are no guardrails."

"The waterfalls in Parish Glen are challenging to climb. This creekwalk is not for novices or small children. Having said that, it is a spectacular gully with magnificent waterfalls. In summer, even when the creekbed is dry at Route 245 you’ll find water higher up and places where the gully narrows forcing you to walk through water. In winter this is a great creekbed to explore with instep crampons. The waterfalls in Parish Glen are big and numerous. They range from 1- foot ledges to Angel Falls which is a 120-foot drop off the cliff side. Ice climbers use Angel Falls in the winter. The highest waterfalls you’ll climb in the gully are approximately 30-feet high. One is best traversed by clinging to trees and roots along a narrow ledge on the cliff wall. The good news is that there’s a trail that circles Parish Glen, so the route described below climbs up the creekbed and uses a trail for the return to the parking area. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about climbing back down the challenging waterfalls."

Conklin Gully/Parish Glen Reviews

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Go on this creekwalk waterfall hike every year for the past three years, sometimes a few times a year. This is, so far, my absolute favorite. If you waterfall hike, you've GOT to put this on your wish list, no questions about it. Every person I've taken with me on this one either has gone back (some several times) or wants to go back again. Climbing the waterfalls is a little challenging, but totally worth the effort. At the end of this hike, you'll be high-fiving your hiking buddies and really feel like you've accomplished something. Plus, you'll have some great pictures.
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Great creek to hike. Always fun and ever changing. The shale makes for some interesting situations sometimes though.
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Excellent hiking in the heart off the Finger Lakes. The trail is a walk up the gully in the stream bed. Wear surf socks or old sneakers. The trail traverses several wartefalls on the way up the gully. The last is aproximately 1 mile in and about 30' tall. After last waterfall hike up a few hundred yards and return on either rim trail. Total round trip 2 hours. This trail can be very crowded on weekends in the summer.

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Trail Information

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1 hour
Views, Waterfalls