US 11 crosses the Grass River just west of the
downtown section of Canton. There is an island at
this point and the entrance of the park will be on
the north side of the road.
||N 44o 35' 45"
||W 75o 10' 32"
||In the village of Canton
|Length of hike:
There are many waterfalls that are two parts, splitting
around an island. Most of them, however, have one name.
The Cascade and Rushton Falls are
two such waterfalls, but carry two separate names. Located
in village of Canton, the Cascade Falls are actually on the west
side of a group of islands and the Rushton
Falls are on the east. In this area, there are several
islands in the Grasse River. The east channel feeds the
Rushton Falls. The Cascade
Falls are actually two part. The west channel feeds part of
them and the east channel splits just above the
Rushton Falls and feeds the other
part of the Cascade Falls.
There is a bit of irony regarding the names of these waterfalls.
Of the two, Cascade Falls is the larger. It is a single-drop
plunge whereas Rushton Falls is really little more than a set of
rapids. Rushton, however is an officially named waterfall,
listed on the USGS GNIS. Cascade Falls are commonly named.
A local group, known as the Grasse River Heritage has been formed.
This "is a group of Canton citizens dedicated to working with
the Canton community and local, state, and federal agencies to improve
the educational, cultural, economic, and recreational opportunities
in the Grasse River Corridor." This is according to one
of many plaques, signs and posters in Canton Island Park.
The Park has been constructed with a small parking lot, several
educational signs with pictures, maps and valuable information,
a number of benches to rest as you stroll around the short, very
nicely maintained trail which provides great views of both falls.
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: April 17, 2017