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' 48"
||W 75o 10' 29"
||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
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
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