Northern New York Waterfalls 

Woods Falls

Directions

Take NY 22 south across the Great Chazy River in Mooers.  The first right is the Gilbert Road.  This waterfall is at the end of this road, just before it intersects the Woods Falls Road.

County: Clinton
Town: Mooers
USGS Map: Altona
Waterway: Great Chazy River
Latitude: N 44o 55' 32"
Longitude: W 73o 38' 17"
Drop: 20'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: Off US 11 south of the hamlet of Mooers Forks
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Roadside
Length of hike: Roadside
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Private
Name: Common

Altona Quadrangle

Woods FallsThere have been some changes at this waterfall.  You will see it as you cross the bridge but that is about all you will get.

When we were there a some time ago, you could get onto the old bridge that is next to the Gilbert Road bridge and had a fantastic view.  You could also get down on the river's bank on the west shore where you were up close and personal.  Both of these locations also provided excellent photo opportunities.

On our last visit on May 5, 2016, we discovered that the entire west side is now posted.  That is disappointing for the waterfall fan but we can certainly understand.  The old bridge is deteriorating.  The owners probably are concerned about liability.  As for the shore access, there was an abundance of trash littering the shore when we were there before.  A disrespectful public has possibly led to this action.

You can still see the falls from the roadside on the bridge, but because of the old bridge and the foliage, the photo ops are now limited.

The waterfall itself is a curtain cascade, about twenty feet tall and spanning about 70 feet across the river.  Next to it is the remains of an old structure, probably a mill from days gone by.  This old bridge also presents some interesting viewing.  It is of stone construction, with an archway under the main span.  There is an opening through it on the land portion toward the parking area.

Just downstream of this location at Mooers Forks, the North Branch joins the Great Chazy River.  From here, it flows into Kings Bay, just south of Rouses Point on the northwest side of Lake Champlain in the town of Champlain.

Last update:  April 26, 2017

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