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.
||N 44o 13'
||W 73o 36' 49"
||West end of the
village of Elizabethtown
|Length of hike:
In 2015, we found coordinates for Rices Falls.
They put it on the Boquet River near the hamlet of New Russia.
People we spoke with locally had never heard of Rices Falls but
directed us to a small falls near this point. We located that waterfall, photographed it and, assuming this
was Rices, posted it as such.
were mislead. After discovering an old post card of Rices
Falls, which was obviously not the location we posted, we went back on the hunt. Our thanks to Janet
Cross, Elizabethtown Town Historian, for setting the record
From the parking area, the falls
is less than 100 feet north. Unfortunately, on the day we
were there it started raining quite heavily just before we
arrived. The riverbank here is smooth rock and it was so
slick, there was not safe place to take pictures. Due to
the weather, we weren't comfortable launching the drone.
We plan to return for better pictures later this year.
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
Last update: April 30, 2017