Northern New York Waterfalls 

Sperrys Upper Falls

Directions

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.

County: Jefferson
Town: Clayton
USGS Map: St. Lawrence
Waterway: French Creek
Latitude: N 44° 10' 59.72"
Longitude: W 76° 07' 49.39"
Drop: ~ 8'
Type Step Tiered
Region: South of the village of Clayton
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Chaumont Quadrangle

Sperrys Upper FallsFrom 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 easy.

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

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