Northern New York Waterfalls 

Twin Falls


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 Twin Falls in 3.1 miles.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Clare
USGS Map: Degrasse
Waterway: Grass River South Branch
Latitude: N 44o 19' 57"
Longitude: W 75o 01' 36"
Drop: 55'
Type: Rectangular Block/Ribbon Cascade
Region: South of Canton
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 300'
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Degrasse Quadrangle

Twin FallsTwin 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 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.

If you are visiting the Tooley Pond Road falls in order, it is about one mile past Sinclair Falls.  The river is flowing in a generally east-west direction at this point.  An island separates the river with the north channel terminating in the smaller waterfall.  The southern channel ends with a very nice 55' drop that is close to 100' feet wide.

You can see the smaller falls from the road.  To see the larger span, you need to cross to the island.  If you stop just after passing the falls on the road, you can cross the northern channel to the island.  For a few years, a downed tree spanned the channel.  Some people have actually used this as a bridge.  That has now rotted away, so you must ford the river.  Water shoes or boots are advisable for this.  If you cross at the spot where this channel first begins its descent, the water is the most shallow through this area.  It's a little wild in the spring but at other times of the year, it's not bad.

Once on the island, you can bear right and find your way to the smaller waterfall.  After enjoying this side, continue around the island and you will be greeted by the larger cascade.  Your views, although not directly below it, are unobstructed.  You can also hike a bit further and reach its crest.

To see both parts together you need to be downstream.  This has to be done in a kayak or canoe.  There is a dirt road just before the falls giving access to the point of land just below the falls where you get a good view of both falls.  However, this is private land and it is posted.  According to the posted signs, the owner lived a short distance away on an adjoining road that was only about a mile or so away so I went for a drive.  I found the owner and explained what I was doing.  He was very cordial and granted it.  As it turns out, he is the father of a former student of mine.  As always, please honor the landowners' rights. 

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.

Another note:  We have found an on-line source that identifies the large side of this waterfall as Twin Falls and the other side as one of the other Tooley Pond Road waterfalls.  Be assured that these two comprise the Twin Falls.

Last update:  July 10, 2017

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