Edinburg is located north of Broadalbin and east of Northville
on a peninsula of sorts that juts into the Great Sacandaga
Lake. After crossing the Batchellerville Bridge, take
a right at the first crossroads which is Route 4.
You will go for about 0.5 mile, down a hill and the road
will bend right. You will find a little park on your
right where the falls and bridge are located.
||N 43o 13' 15"
||W 74o 06'
||Between Broadalbin and Northville
|Length of hike:
A trip to Beecher Falls is a worthwhile drive, if
not for the waterfall, then to see the covered bridge at this location.
According to the New York State Covered Bridge Society, there are
only 24 covered bridges remaining in New York State. The Copeland
Bridge at this location is one of four located near a waterfall
in northern New York.
Jay Falls in Essex County,
Spruce Creek Falls in Herkimer County and
Lower Falls in
Ticonderoga, Essex County, are the other three waterfalls
near a covered bridge.
We have read that the Edinburgh Historical Society has received
a grant and additional funding and have restored the bridge.
We assume that the park is sponsored by them or the town.
It is a charming little area, which is also handicapped accessible.
There is a paved trail leading down to the covered bridge where
excellent views of the falls are possible from the bridge and the
other side of the stream. There is also a fenced viewing area
upstream next to the falls.
The falls themselves are also a very pretty sight. Forming
a natural rock set of stairs, the water cascades in several steps.
Between the falls, the bridge and the ease of access, this is a
very relaxing stop.
We have seen on-line references calling this the Beecher
Creek Falls. We spoke with the Town Historian in Edinburg
who told us that locally, it is referred to as Beecher Falls.
The Beecher Creek flows into the Great Sacandaga Lake, which
is part of the Sacandaga River. This water continues its journey
to the Hudson River and eventually reaches the Atlantic ocean.
Last update: August 26, 2017