Northern New York Waterfalls 

Rushton Falls


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.  

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Canton
USGS Map: Canton
Waterway: Grass River
Latitude: N 44o 35' 48"
Longitude: W 75o 10' 29"
Drop: ~ 10'
Type: Rapids
Region: In the village of Canton
Parking: Paved lot
Trail type: Stone paths
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Canton Quadrangle

Waterfall videoThere 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 "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, which is located on the island at these waterfalls.  At this park, there is a 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.  Great views of both falls are available here.

The waterfall is named after J. Henry Rushton.  Born in 1843, about 20 miles away from Canton in Edwards, New York, Mr. Rushton gained fame in the late 1800s and early 1900s because of the canoes, guide boats and rowboats that he built.

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 22, 2015

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