The Simonds Hill Road exits east from US 9 in the hamlet
of New Russia. The waterfall is within sight of the
road about 0.2 mile from the intersection.
||N 44o 09' 47"
||W 73o 36' 28"
||Off US 9 just east of the hamlet of New
|Length of hike:
Our original information noted that Rices Falls was in this
area. On our first visit, we stopped
at the post office in the hamlet to ask directions. The postmaster
was not familiar with it so she called someone familiar with the
area and asked. They, likewise, had never heard of it.
When we told her the approximate location, she indicated to us that
there was a small waterfall just up a side road, less than a quarter mile from
where we were, but she had never heard it referred to as Rices Falls.
We found and photographed this drop, which is basically two
slides separated by a small level between them. It is
located just before the river does a horseshoe bend above the
bridge. Just before crossing the bridge over the Boquet
(pronounced "bow-ket"), the falls will be on the right. Be
advised that the area before the bridge and in front of the
falls is private and posted. Also, on subsequent visits,
we discovered that the trees and other foliage has become so
thick that, if you didn't know the falls were there, you might
not even see them
Because this is near the coordinates we had for Rices Falls, we assumed this
and posted it as such. In April 2017, we discovered an old
post card labeled "Rices Falls". There is a dam at that
location and even without the dam, it is obvious from the card
that this is not Rices Falls. We have now re-labeled this
as New Russia Falls because it is near that hamlet. This
undoubtedly also explains why people in the area had never heard
of this one being referred to as Rices Falls!
The Boquet River flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New
Latest update: August 18, 2017