Northern New York Waterfalls 

Hidden Falls


From Lowville, take the Number Four Road to the hamlet of Bushes Landing where you will pick up the Pine Grove Road.  Proceed past the intersections of the Austin Road and the Bradish Road and you will come to the Rudd Road on your left.  Actually, the Rudd Road is a loop and the other end is just past the bridge over the Independence River, a short distance down the road.

County: Lewis
Town: Greig
USGS Map: Brantingham
Waterway: Independence River
Latitude: N 43° 43' 56"
Longitude: W 75° 21' 41"
Drop: ~50'
Type: Multiple drops
Region: Southeast of Lowville
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Roadside
Length of hike: Roadside
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Private
Name: Common

Greig Quadrangle

Hidden FallsThis location isn't especially remote, but it is a few miles from any community of any size.  Although this road is a loop, you can't get there from here!  At least, not in a car or truck.  The bridge, about half-way down this road is closed.  We presume that it reached a point where significant maintenance was needed and the lack of traffic didn't warrant the expense.  There are dirt/sand piles on both ends but pedestrian traffic is still possible.  We came in from the southern end, which was a short distance and easily passable.  Since we didn't drive the other end, we can't make any statements about its condition.

For the first two years after learning of this location, we had it posted as Rudd Road Falls due to its location.  In September 2013, we had the opportunity to meet a couple that grew up in that area and they told us that locally, this is known as Hidden Falls.

This is a very interesting area.  There is about a six to eight foot drop at the bottom by the bridge and another drop of about the same size a quarter mile or so upstream.  Between these is a series of drops and slides over mostly smooth rock that has been worn over the centuries.  These slides continue downstream of the bridge and you can see the bottom drop from the bridge on Pine Grove Road.

Please understand that the land surrounding the river here is private, and much of it is posted.  Physically, the river bed here would easily allow you access to hike up it.  We have not checked into the legality of that so it is not something we will promote.

The Independence River flows into the Black River just a few miles downstream from this location in the town of Watson.  The Black empties into Lake Ontario in the Jefferson County community of Dexter.

Last update:  June 13, 2017

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