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."