Northern New York Waterfalls 

Harper Falls


From the junction of CR 17 and CR 27 in the hamlet of Degrasse, proceed northeast on CR 27.  In 7.4 miles, take a left on the Downerville Road, just ½ past the Clare town barn.  The trailhead is ½ mile down this road.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Clare
USGS Map: West Pierrepont
Waterway: North Branch of the Grass River
Latitude: N 44o 26' 07"
Longitude: W 75o 04' 29"
Drop: 60'
Type: Slide
Region: Southeast of Canton
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.6 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

West Pierrepont Quadrangle

Harper Falls is located just a few miles from Lampsons Falls.  There are a couple of things that should be noted about this location.  First of all, the signs in the area call this the Downerville Road.  Some sources call this the Donnerville Road.  This road was named after an early settler in the area and over the years, the spelling has somehow gotten twisted.

Secondly, some publications give directions to these falls from the north end of this road where it meets CR 24.  If you come in from the north end, you may be in for a walk.  This is a seasonally maintained dirt road that has been improved greatly in recent years.  For the most part, with the right vehicle, you can travel from end to end during most of the year.  There still may be times however, when there is water over the road in the swampy areas.  The DeGrasse end is much more direct, and predictable.

Once on the hike, you have about a 12 minute walk over a well maintained trail of moderate difficulty.  You will be rewarded with a very pretty waterfall in a somewhat remote setting.

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 16, 2015

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