Northern New York Waterfalls 

Basford Falls


The north end of the Tooley Pond Road is less than 1000' from the junction of CR 17 and CR 27 in the hamlet of Degrasse.  Proceed northeast on CR 27 and take a right.  You will reach Basford Falls in 1.4 miles.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Clare
USGS Map: Degrasse
Waterway: Grass River South Branch
Latitude: N 44° 20' 25"
Longitude: W 75° 03' 29"
Drop: 15'
Type: Rectangular Cascade
Region: South of Canton
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1/4 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Degrasse Quadrangle

Basford FallsBasford Falls is one of eight well-known waterfalls on the South Branch of the Grass River which are fairly easy to access from the Tooley Pond Road.  This road connects CR 27 in the hamlet of Degrasse to NY 3 near Cranberry Lake.  Like many of the falls on this road, it is on DEC maintained state land, accessible to the public.  It is also possible to reach this location from the Route 3 end but our information details access from the north.

There is information out there that indicates an orange gate at the trailhead.  The gate is gone!  There are two rust-red colored gate posts with a good sized boulder between to keep motor vehicles out.  A mileage reading is a good idea because, although the trailhead is well marked, foliage growth may block your view of it until you are past it!  The hike is 0.4 mile over a well maintained trail of moderate difficulty.

The Grass River flows into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, in St. Lawrence County.

Note:  Depending upon which map or sign you are using, this river is referred to as either Grasse or Grass.  Officially, it is Grass.

Last update:  July 8, 2017

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