From the junction of NY29 and US4 in Schuylerville, drive
east on NY29 for about 2.4 miles. Take a left on the
Windy Hill Road and drive north for about 0.6 mile.
You will see a pull-off area on the right welcoming you
to Dionondahowa Falls.
||N 43o 6' 8"
||W 73o 32' 18"
||Ribbon step cascade
||East of Schuylerville
||Small paved lot
|Length of hike:
The parking area here is paved, but
only large enough for about two vehicles. At the trailhead
a sign indicates that it is a Dahawa Hydro facility. The property
to the right of the trail is posted but the section downstream near
the falls is accessible.
As you approach the falls, there is a stairway leading up the
bank on the left of the trail to reach an upper viewing area.
There is a gate on the trail beyond this point which was open the
day we were there. Climbing the stairs takes you to another
portion of the trail where you can reach a viewing platform overlooking
the gorge. It is a good vantage point, but unfortunately,
foliage creates an issue for clear photos.
The falls basically drop in three steps. All of our numbers
are estimates but the top drop, not including the dam, looks to
be 20'. The next drop is the largest at about 30' and the
final cascade is in the area of 10'.
The gorge here is steep and deep. Without ropes or other
proper climbing gear, you are not getting to the bottom of this.
Maybe that should be rephrased. You might be able to get to
the river level, but coming back out would be another thing.
Having said that, it is obvious that this can be done. Based
on many photos found on the internet of this waterfall, several
photographers know something about this area that we don't!
Many shots can be found from downstream and below the level that
the viewing area provides. our guess is that local residents
know of trails leading to the shore.
The Batten Kill flows into the Hudson River just downstream of
this location. The Hudson empties into the Atlantic ocean
in New York City.
Last update: August 26, 2017