From I-87 exit 30, take US 9 north. About
1-1/4 mile past the 9/73 intersection, there is a bridge
over the Boquet River. You will see the river as you
approach this area. You will want to park before crossing
||Boquet River, North Fork
||N 44o 06' 47"
||W 73o 42' 33"
||NY 73 between Keene and I-87
|Length of hike:
||<0.1 mile/3 minutes
There is actually roadside shoulder
parking on both sides of the road and on both sides of the bridge.
Most people will opt to park there. There is also a parking
area on the I-87 side of the bridge on the upstream side of the
road. The road leading in to this is extremely rutted and
bumpy so it would only be advisable to try this with a four-wheel
drive vehicle, or at least a vehicle with adequate clearance.
We're not saying you won't make it in the family sedan, you just
might not want to try it.
There are actually three sections of this waterfall. The
upper section can be seen from the parking lot side of the route
73 bridge. A pool at the drop drains through a narrow slide
into a small pool which then drops through another slide.
The total relief of this section is about eight feet.
If you cross the highway to the northeast side ... that would
be the downstream side and on the opposite side of the river from
the parking area ... trails will take you to the river bank.
The middle section, a total drop of about six feet, is under the
bridge and comprised of a series of steps and slides. If you
look closely on the lower side of the bridge, there are still icicles
hanging. We were there on April 13, 2012, which was an unusually
warm, dry and early spring, but ice and snow were still present
The lower section can be seen from the roadside on the downriver
side of the highway. Although distant, they are your best views
of this eight foot drop.
The North Fork of the Boquet River joins the south fork just
downstream from here, shortly before the routes 73 and 9 interchange.
The Boquet then flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New York.
Last update: August 18, 2017