From the intersection of NY 12 and NY 365, just north
of Barneveld, proceed north on NY 12. The first right
will be the Plank Road. Follow this for one mile and
take a right on the Prospect Junction Road. In less
than 1/4 mile, you will cross the Cady Brook.
||N 43o 18' 26"
||W 75o 10' 32"
||Between Remsen and Barneveld
|Length of hike:
Note that the first bridge on the Prospect Junction
Road actually crosses the Cincinnati Creek. The series of
falls at that point we have dubbed the Cincinnati Creek Falls.
The second bridge on this road crosses the Cady Brook. Park
on the roadside and this waterfall will be on your right.
is a small, unnamed waterfall. We originally had this
posted as Cady Brook Falls and it may be known as that, but we
have recently discovered that locally this area is known as the
Junction Road Swimming Hole and Junction Road Falls.
It has been a popular local swimming hole for over 100 years. Follow the stream-bed
on your left and you
will shortly come to this waterfall. The stream bed takes
a number of small steps before reaching the main area, which is
a gentle series of steps that drops about eight feet over a 20 or
30' section of the stream.
On June 3, 2013, we received an email from Cody Helmer who grew
up in this area. Here is what he had to say ... "The
Cady Brook Waterfall is missing the most important detail- the rock
carving! Years ago, the locals dredged out the pool at the
bottom of of the waterfall by hand, probably in the late 1800's
or early 1900's. They cleaned out enough debris that you could dive
from the ledge into the water below- this became the local swimming
hole (and I always knew this as the Junction Road swimming hole).
At some point in the past, someone carved a block-shaped image of
a boy diving into the water on the ledge. My grandfather told me
it was a local farmer who did it and it was there when he was a
boy in the 1920's. It is no more than 8 inches square, but still
Our thanks to Cody for sharing this with us. He has
taken pictures of this "carving" and has graciously allowed us
to use his photos.
The Cady Brook empties into the Cincinnati Creek about 0.6 miles
downstream from this location. The Cincinnati Creek flows
into the West Canada Creek just downstream of the Trenton Falls
area. This empties into the Mohawk River, which then flows
into the Hudson before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.
Last update: January 1, 2017