Northern New York Waterfalls 

Philadelphia Left 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' 31.04"
Longitude: 75° 42' 34.65"
Drop: ~25'
Type: Ribbon Tiered
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

This 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 Left Falls, is formed on river left.

If you walk behind the guiderail and down the hill by the Philadelphia Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility sign, bear right.  There is a concrete pad part way down the hill and this waterfall can be seen through the chain link fence on your right, just before that pad.  Although you have a nice close-up view of the waterfall, photo opportunities are not as positive because of the fence. 

This is a gentle step type waterfall cascading through a crevice in the ground.

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 Center 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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