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 Copper Rock Falls in 8.9 miles.
||Grass River South Branch
||N 44o 17' 19"
||W 74o 57' 34"
||South of Canton
|Length of hike:
Copper Rock 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, which has significant
lengths that are unpaved, 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.
This particular falls is 8.9 miles from the Degrasse end.
As you proceed from the Degrasse end toward Cranberry Lake, you
will cross a bridge. Don't be fooled. This is the Grass River
and the access to Copper Rock Falls is on your left. Of the
falls on this road, it is the only one on that side of the road.
Copper Rock Falls is on NYS DEC land. It is a moderate
5 minute walk in on a trail that is not terribly well maintained.
As the trail reaches the river's edge, you will see rapids.
You are almost there.
One look at these falls and it is obvious how it got its name.
The rocks in its path have large spots of copper coloring.
The water drops in three distinct steps. That of course, is
if you are there in summer or fall. A trip there in May brings
a totally different view. If you are early enough, parts of
the trail might actually be under water and the river here is close
to twice as wide as other times of the year. When the Grass
River is helping Mother Nature rid the Adirondacks of the winter
snow, the river at this point is high enough that you won't even
see the rocks that are present during the rest of the year.
There is an island at this point in the river. During spring
run-off, the volume of water flowing through makes the smaller falls
on the back side much more prominent. Some of these pictures
were taken in early May.
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: September 10, 2015