Hector Falls

Watkins Glen, New York 14891

Hector Falls

Hector Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This massive cascade all but jumps right out onto the highway.

You won’t miss this gargantuan falls if you’re driving on NY 414—easily 40 feet wide, it tumbles down a shale wall from a precipice high above the road and continues past the bridge and down into Seneca Lake. So large that it can’t all be seen from any land level, it presents a traffic-stopping sight for those who have not encountered it before. Imagine, then, the European-descended settlers who saw it for the first time and determined in an instant that it would provide the hydropower required to spin wool into yarn. Samuel Seely caught onto the potential this falls symbolized back in 1801, and he built a woolen mill here that signaled the growth of industry in the Hector area. Soon sawmills, a foundry, and mineral processing followed, all of it powered by this magnificent waterfall.

Today we can appreciate this natural wonder from the road—but use caution, as NY 414 is a very busy highway. For a more complete and less noisome view of the falls, consider visiting it on a boat in Seneca Lake."

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Trail Information

Watkins Glen
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5-10 minutes
Schuyler County Visitor Center, 214 N. Franklin St., Watkins Glen 14891; (800) 607-4552; www.watkinsglenchamber.com
Local Contacts
DeLorme: New York State Atlas & Gazetteer, page 75
Local Maps

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Dec 2018