Northern New York Waterfalls 
Northern New York Waterfalls ... Split Rock Falls

Split Rock Falls


Just north of the I-87 exit 30, US 9 and NY 73 intersect.  About 2.3 miles north of here on route 9, you will cross the river and there is a parking area on the right.

County: Essex
Town: Elizabethtown
USGS Map: Elizabethtown
Waterway: Boquet River
Latitude: N 44o 07' 31"
Longitude: W 73o 39' 17"
Drop: 35'
Type: Ribbon cascade/multiple steps
Region: US 9 between the intersection of NY 73 and the hamlet of New Russia
Parking: Paved parking lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile/2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Witherbee Quadrangle

Split Rock FallsAs you exit your vehicle in the parking area, you will hear the falls.  In the center section of the parking area, there is a chain link fence.  The viewing area here is near the top of the falls.  Portions of this fence have been broken down and you can get closer to the river, but there is a better route.

At the north end of the parking lot, there are some openings in the wooden guard rails leading to an obvious trail.  There are no railings or retaining devices in this area, so use caution.

At the top of the falls, the river finds its way through an outcropping of sharp, jagged rocks, forming several drops of about 15 or 20 feet into a pool.  The next drop is a single plunge of another 15 feet or so, where the river levels out for a hundred yards or so.  At this point, there is another outcropping of jagged rocks where there is a slide of another 10' or so.  The river then calmly carries the water away.  

According to Russell Dunn, in his book Adirondack Waterfall Guide the river at this point was at one time the border between US and Canada.  That was changed in 1777.  Formerly private land, it was given to the state in 1982.  That was also the same year that the spelling of the river's name was changed from Bouquet to Boquet.  Obviously derived from French, the locals pronounce it "bow-ket".

The Boquet River flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New York.

Last update:  May 23, 2016

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