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Krystal Falls


At the intersection of NY 5 and NY 50 in Scotia, drive north on NY 50 for about 6.0 miles.  Take a right on Paradowski Road.  If you cross the bridge over the Alplaus Kill, you've gone too far!  The falls will be on the left just past the end of Tryon Street.

County: Schenectady
Town: Glenville
USGS Map: Burnt Hills
Waterway: Alplaus Kill
Latitude: N 42° 53' 51"
Longitude: W 73° 54' 27"
Drop: 15'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: Northeast of Scotia
Parking: Streetside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public/Business
Name: Common

Glenville Quadrangle

Krystal FallsWe have indicated this viewing point for Krystal Falls because it is public.  In reality, between late spring and summer, the foliage will obscure decent views of the waterfall and photo opportunities are even more limited, as the first shot in the array shows.  At this point, the creek and falls are in a valley and you are high above them.  The is an opening in the trees that is clear to the bottom, but it is an area of run-off and will probably be wet and slippery most of the time.  With no posted signs in the area, it is accessible, but most people wouldn't consider this simply because of the terrain.  Agile people with ropes and other climbing gear could probably make the trip.

A more favorable alternative is to drive back down to NY 50, take a right and cross the creek.  Just past the bridge, there is a road leading into a parking lot of a restaurant.  Over the years, it has been operated under a variety of names, but in 2013, it was the Pig and Whistle.  At the back of the parking lot, there is an area that looks like it might be used for pig roasts or other outdoor events.  There is a deck area near the shore overlooking the falls, complete with tables and chairs.

For those traveling and looking for waterfalls, this might be a nice stop on a warm summer day.  Although we didn't ask, it would stand to reason that your meal could be served on the deck.  You can enjoy a meal and the waterfall all at once.  While we were there, we happened to catch a heron enjoying the area on the other side of the creek from here.

The Alplaus Kill empties into the Mohawk River just east of Scotia.  This flows to the Hudson River before reaching the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.

Last update:  August 26, 2017

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