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Scenic Overlook Falls

Directions

Take the Belfort Road from the village of Croghan to Belfort.  As you approach Belfort, continue on the Effley Falls Road.  At some point, the Effley Falls Road actually turns left.  You want to continue straight here onto the Hogsback Road.  This will end at the Soft Maple Road where you should turn left.  In the area of Soft Maple, turn left on the Beaver River Road.  Knowing that this is the name won't help you because it isn't labeled.  There is a sign here indicating the Adsit Trail.  Another marker here is a dead end sign on the road you turned off from.  You will pass the Soft Maple Hydro Plant on this unpaved road and in about one mile, look for a small parking area on the left with a sign indicating "Scenic Overlook".

County: Lewis
Town: Croghan
USGS Map: Stillwater
Waterway: Beaver River
Latitude: N 43o 55' 03"
Longitude: W 75o 13' 42"  
Drop: 30'
Type: Ribbon Cascade
Region: East of Croghan
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Unnamed

Croghan Quadrangle

Scenic Overlook FallsSeveral stretches on this route are unpaved.  You need to be espectially mindful of the point where the Effley Falls Road becomes the Hogsback Road and also where you turn onto the Adsit Trail.  There is also a hand lettered sign at this corner noting the Soft Maple Campground.

From the parking area, proceed down the trail.  Within a minute or so, you will reach the river's edge, and from there you can walk up the bank and actually access the top of the falls.  There may be some rock-hopping necessary because there are actually two waterfalls here.  On our latest trip we were greeted by some chain link fencing, presumably for safety but it was easy to get around.

The main waterfall is on a very narrow portion of the Beaver River.  Above it, the channel is no more than five or six feet wide.  It comes down a few small steps before cascading over the rocks.  The terrain here is more or less a huge boulder.  Although not a free-fall cascade, it drops in a couple of steps before the main cascade of about 24'.  From the pool at the base of this, there is another small drop of about six feet.  According to the caretaker of the camping area just upstream, this waterfall is not named, but is simply referred to locally as the scenic overlook.  According, we have opted for that reference.

Also at this point, another unnamed, and very tiny, creek flows over the boulder forming another waterfall.  We were curious as to whether this was simply overflow from the Beaver, but it appears to originate from a separate source.  The water from this enters the Beaver River just below the main falls.  This water appears to be rich in iron or some other mineral.  A very reddish color was evident in its path over the rocks.

The Beaver River flows into the Black River, which empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.

Last update:  June 13, 2017

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