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Jay Falls


Take the John Fountain Road which is located directly across from where NY 86 converges with NY 9N in the village of Jay.  The Brick Store Lane will be on your right at the bottom of the hill.  A small parking area is provided next to the covered bridge there.  There is also another parking area on the other side of the bridge, but vehicle traffic is not allowed on the bridge.

County: Essex
Town: Jay
USGS Map: Lewis
Waterway: Ausable River, East Branch
Latitude: N 44° 21' 57"
Longitude: W 73° 50' 29"
Type: Slide
Drop: 10'
Region: In the hamlet of Jay
Parking: Paved lot
Trail type: Concrete and wood
Length of hike: 0.1 mile/1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Jay Quadrangle

Waterfall videoJay, New York is one of many quaint villages and hamlets in the Adirondack Mountains of northern New York.  Located right on State Highway 9N, the falls are easy to locate and provide a roadside view.  

According to the New York State Covered Bridge Society there are 24 remaining covered bridges in the state.  Our research has determined that Jay Falls is one of four waterfalls with a covered bridge nearby.  Beecher Falls in Saratoga County, Spruce Creek Falls in Herkimer County and Lower Falls in Essex County are the other three.  The claim is made that Jay Bridge is the only remaining publicly owned covered bridge in the Adirondack region.  The falls are just upstream and can easily be seen from the bridge.  

During heavy spring run-off, most of the width of the river might be covered with water.  Flooding during this time of the year is common just upstream from here.  During the summer, the flow will diminish and you will only see a couple of small slides at the upper portion of this stretch.

The Ausable River East Branch joins forces with the West Branch in Ausable Forks.  The combined Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Last update:  May 24, 2016

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