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Northern New York Waterfalls ... Rices Falls

Rices Falls


Take NY 9N north from the village of Elizabethtown.  After passing the end of Water Street/CR 10A, but before coming to Lord Road, there is a pull-off on the right.  Park there.

County: Essex
Town: Elizabethtown
USGS Map: Elizabethtown
Waterway: Boquet River
Latitude: N 44o 13' 16"
Longitude: W 73o 36' 49"
Drop: 20'
Type: Ribbon block
Region: West end of the village of Elizabethtown
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 120 yards
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Elizabethown Quadrangle

Rices Falls is a two-part drop.  From the parking area, the upper section is less than 100 feet north.  The riverbank here is smooth rock and rather steep, so if it is, or has been raining, care needs to be taken. 

The main drop is a bit downstream.  The easiest access is down the road, a little over a hundred yards from the parking area.  The trailhead is far from obvious, but there is a spot where a worn path can be found.  A short distance in, there is an overlook, enclosed by mortared stone.  This gives you a good view of this stretch but downriver views or pictures are not readily available.  We went to the drone for these.

It is not uncommon for more than one waterway to have the same name.  The Branch is somewhat of an unusual name but there are two of them in Northern New York.  In fact, they are both in Essex County. 

The larger The Branch is a bit south of here.  It starts at Elk Lake in the town of North Hudson, flows due south for about five miles and then takes a 90 degree turn to the east.  It enters the Schroon River just south of the hamlet of North Hudson.

This one originates in the region of Tripod and Knob Lock Mountains, both in the town of Keene.  It flows east and enters the Boquet River in the village of Elizabethtown.  This flows into Lake Champlain near Willsboro, New York.

Last update:  August 18, 2017

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