Northern New York Waterfalls 

Philadelphia Center Falls


This waterfall is in the village of Philadelphia.  From the intersection of US 11 and NY 26, follow NY 26 north for only 250 feet or so.  The first left is Garden Road.  You will cross a bridge and the upper falls will be on the left.  Just past here is the Village of Philadelphia Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility. 

County: Jefferson
Town: Philadelphia
USGS Map: Philadelphia
Waterway: Indian River
Latitude: 44° 09' 31.54"
Longitude: 75° 42' 34.91"
Drop: ~25'
Type: Plunge
Region: In the village of Philadelphia
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Philadelphia Quadrangle

Waterfall videoThis is a very interesting location.  There are four distinct drops here.  A nice little cascade is just below a hydro dam.  Below that the river splits into three channels around a number of islands.  This waterfall, which we are referring to as Philadelphia Center Falls, is formed in the center channel.

If you walk behind the guiderail and down the hill by the Philadelphia Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility sign, bear right.  Part way down the hill, you will see this waterfall, plunging through a narrow crevice formed by slabs of rock which appear to be tipped sharply on its side.  As the water comes through the opening at the top, it cascades into this slab and is abruptly diverted to the left.  The riverbank at this point is made up of fairly good sized boulders which you can easily traverse to make your way down to water level.  From here you have a great view and photo opportunity.

This waterfall appears to be the most forceful of the four at this site. 

Even though this is technically one waterfall location, to do justice to all four drops, which all have their own personality, we are providing four pages.  Please also visit Philadelphia Upper Falls, Philadelphia Right Falls and Philadelphia Left Falls.

The Indian River flows through Black Lake.  Then it joins the Oswegatchie River which flows to the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg.

Last update: April 30, 2016

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