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There is something about a waterfall that people find very positive and enjoyable.  It seems that even small waterfalls are beautiful and the larger ones are nothing short of spectacular.  In addition, the waterfall is one of Mother Nature's ways of cleaning and aerating our water supply.

This website has become a comprehensive guide to the waterfalls in Northern New York.  It includes all named waterfalls as well as many commonly named and unnamed falls that are on waterways in this region.  Please view our definition page for an explanation of what we have included.  We would also encourage you to read our page of disclaimers, precautions and copyright information.

We are constantly adding new falls and looking for contributors who might have photographs of waterfalls that we do not have pictures of.  Please read on if you would like to have your pictures published on this website.

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Roadside Falls of Northern New York Volume 1 Roadside Falls of Northern New York Volume 2
Roadside Falls of Northern New York Volume 3 Waterfalls of New York State

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Power dams are very prevalent in northern New York.  At many of these sites, a waterfall still exists at the base of the dam but at some, the dam replaced the waterfall.  There are even a few situations where a dam was built and the flooding that resulted covered waterfalls that were upstream.  These are included these for their historical significance.

Rapids are also falling water.  The difference is that rapids are not falling vertically as fast as they are running horizontally.  In fact, according to many sources, including Webster's Dictionary and the Encyclopedia Britannica, many of the waterfalls in Northern New York, and in fact in many places, are actually rapids.  We have chosen to include these as well because they often are also quite impressive and show the power of nature.  In many cases, there are named rapids that are actually larger than some named falls.  For the most part, only named rapids will be included.  Many rapids carry a name that is not official but was given by the whitewater/kayak community.

When visiting any waterfall, please use caution.  Although some sites listed do provide handrail or retaining devices, most do not.  The majority of these waterfalls are in their natural setting where you will be experiencing the natural beauty of the region.  Your safety should be a primary concern.

Another concern when visiting a waterfall is its legal accessibility.  Is the waterfall on public, or private land?  Many times, NYS DEC signs will confirm that the land is state owned.  Other times, there are no signs.  Usually in these areas, using your discretion is key.  If you a careful and respectful, you probably won't have a problem.  The real question lies with posted property.  We always encourage waterfall hikers to honor the landowner's rights.  However, it is sometimes possible to access the riverbank on posted property.  For the convenience of our readers, we have obtained a copy of Public Navigation Rights in New York State.  This document answers some frequent questions about this topic.

Waterfalls recently added to the GNIS ... for any geographic feature to be officially named, it must be listed on the USGS GNIS data base.  For a complete explanation of that please refer to our Official Falls page.  We are in the middle of a fairly involved project to add a number of commonly named Northern New York waterfalls to that list.  This process involves either getting letters of support from local governmental agencies in the region of the waterfall or providing research data substantiating the historical significance and use of the name.  An application is then filed with the federal government.  We are pleased to announce that a number of falls have been entered on the data base as a result of this project and "are now official for use on Federal maps and other products."  The following were all listed in 2017:  Butternut Falls, Cascade Falls, Childs Falls, Eatonville Falls, Fullerville Falls, Greenwood Falls, Harts Falls, Jerden Falls, Pleasant Creek Falls, Plumb Brook Falls and Shingle Mill Falls (all on November 9), Beaver Falls and Sperrys Falls (July 16), Lyons Falls, Rainbow Falls at Inman Gulf and Brasher Falls (June 11), Stark Falls (June 7), Whitaker Falls (May 31), Agers Falls and Eagle Falls (May 30), Catfish Falls (May 24), Great Falls and Burrville Cider Mill Falls (May 11).

To facilitate use of this site, the menu in the banner above lists waterfalls in three ways:

  • "Listed Alphabetically" ... a separate page that provides an alphabetical list of all Northern New York waterfalls.
  • "Listed By County" ... a separate page that provides an alphabetical list of falls within the respective county.
  • "Listed By River" ... this menu driven list option has been temporarily suspended due to problems the script is causing with Apple mobile device operation.  It will be restored soon  ... the waterways that contain waterfalls that flow directly into Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River or Lake Champlain, as well as the Hudson River are listed alphabetically.  Within each waterway, the falls have been arranged according to their distance from the outlet.  Those falls closest to the outlet are listed first.  In the case of those waterways that don't flow directly into the above four waterways, they are included with the waterway they feed.  To use this option, simply hover your mouse on it.  A sub-menu of all waterways flowing into the four outlets will pop-up.  Hover on any of these and another sub-menu will appear.  On some of the choices, your mouse will remain a pointer.  At the right of these, there is a chevron ">".  That indicates another sub-menu will pop up.  On these sub-menus, the ">" options will have another sub-menu but the choices without a chevron will allow the mouse to change to a pointing hand.  These choices will take you to the page for that waterfall.

Latest Changes/Additions

January 1:  High Falls

November 21: Route 37 Falls

For each waterfall, a chart is provided which includes a number of items of pertinent data on the waterfall.  A complete breakdown of that chart is found on our definition page.  Pictures are also provided for each site.  If there are no pictures of a particular falls, we just haven't been there yet.  If you have original pictures of a site that we do not yet have pictures of, we graciously accept photo submissions and give credit accordingly.
Many of the included falls are not on maps.  There are, without exaggeration, hundreds of unnamed waterfalls in northern New York.  If anyone viewing this has anything they feel could contribute to the cause, please do not hesitate to contact us.  You may submit a waterfall, complete with pictures, for consideration by completing our Waterfall Submission Form.  All contributions will be credited appropriately.

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