From the village of Clayton, proceed south on NY 12 for
about 2.7 miles. Take a right on the Danenwald Road.
This short road will end at a "T" where you should
turn left and take the first right, House Road. Follow
this to the corner of Bevens Road where you should park.
||N 44° 10' 59.72"
||W 76° 07' 49.39"
||South of the village of Clayton
|Length of hike:
From the parking area, proceed down the Bevens Road and you will
find several points where you can access the creek. This area
is clearly marked with a DEC sign, so it is public land.
We originally had this waterfall listed as French Creek
Falls. At a book signing event in Watertown in December
2016, we had the opportunity to chat with a long-time friend who
grew up in this area. It was then that we learned that
locally this waterfall is known as Sperrys Falls after the
Sperry family who were early settlers of the area. He
suspected that they dated back to the 1800s and subsequent
Internet searches revealed that the family did indeed come to
the Clayton area in the early 1800s.
The most obvious trailhead is next to a DEC sign.
Within a few feet, you will be next to the crest of Sperrys Falls.
The Upper Falls is about 200' upstream. This waterfall drops about eight feet over the layers of rock sticking
out into the creek-bed.
On our first trip there in 2015, it was quite easy to get to
the Upper Falls, even though there was considerable flow.
On a return trip in 2016, even though the flow was much less,
the trip upstream was more difficult. The growth of brush
on the land adjacent to the stream had increased and you had to
either fight that or take to the water. Water shoes might
be advisable. Another option which is probably the easiest
is to go back up to the road. Walk up the road about 200
feet to a point where the small fence along the shoulder has
been knocked over. Descending the bank here is relatively
Locally, this entire area is considered to be one
waterfall, officially named Sperrys Falls. We have given separate coverage
to the two drops because
they are both nice waterfalls. Also, because of foliage and
terrain, you can not see the upper falls from thie primary drop.
We will also note that this is not actually on the French
Creek but on an unnamed feeder stream. There are several such
streams feeding this, none of them named, so it appears this is
all the French Creek system.
The French Creek empties into the St. Lawrence River in the village
of Clayton, less than four miles from this point.
Last update: July 16, 2017