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Champagne Falls

Directions

From the hamlet of Keene, just north of where NY Routes 73 and 9N split, take 73 north.  Just before crossing the river, the Hulls Falls Road will be on your left.  In about 0.4 mile, this waterfall will be visible on your right.

County: Essex
Town: Keene
USGS Map: Keene Valley
Waterway: Ausable River East Branch
Latitude: N 44o 15' 02"
Longitude: W 73o 47' 52" 
Type: Classical cascade
Drop: 8'
Region: Southwest of Keene
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: NA
Length of hike: NA
Difficulty: NA
Accessibility: Unknown
Name: Common

Keene Quadrangle

Champagne FallsThis waterfall is about a mile downstream from Hulls.  On our first visit to this location, we commented on the condition of the highway.  The road passing here is probably twenty feet or so above the level of the river.  The bank and roadway were caving in.  Cement barriers had been placed here and the northbound lane of the road was closed.  Stop signs had been placed at either end and traffic was controlled on a "police yourself" basis. 

That has changed.  On a visit in July 2017, we were greeted with barriers completely blocking access.  This is currently a "double-dead-end" road.  It does appear that repairs are being made but we are not aware of specific details, either regarding its current status or project completion date.

The land around this is posted but it is visible from the highway.  Even with that, we were told that it is a popular local swimming hole. 

There are two sections here.  The top portion occurs in the middle of an "S" curve in the river.  There are two small drops followed by the mail plunge.  After another bend a hundred yards or so further downstream there is another smaller drop. One word of caution about this location.  You can see in the first picture in our array that the guardrails are tipped over to an almost horizontal orientation.

The East Branch and the West Branch of the Ausable join forces downstream at Au Sable Forks to form the Ausable River.  This waterfall rich river empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Latest update:  August 18, 2017

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