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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of this website. This book has received much acclaim
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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. We have 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
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.
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
Public Navigation Rights in
New York State. This document answers some
frequent questions about this topic.
To facilitate use of this site, the menu in the banner
above lists waterfalls in three ways:
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.
A number of pictures are 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.
- "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
- "Listed By River" ... a menu driven list
... 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.
|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
You may submit a waterfall, complete with pictures, for
consideration by completing our
Form. All contributions will be credited appropriately.
October 29, 2016