Northern New York Waterfalls 

Philadelphia Right 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' 32.96"
Longitude: 75° 42' 33.79"
Drop: ~25'
Type: Classical
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

Philadelphia Right FallsThis 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 Right Falls, is formed on river right.

If you walk behind the guiderail and down the hill by the Philadelphia Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility sign, bear right.  Unfortunately, this is the most difficult of the four falls to see or photograph.  If you continuing walking along the river bank, you will see this waterfall off to the right.  You can get to it by canoe or kayak from the stream.  It is our understanding that the property is privately owned but have been told there is not a problem with wading in the river to get to it.   We have not been able to make contact with the owners to confirm that.  In fact, when the plant is producing power,

This waterfall is the most impressive of the four at this site.  It is certainly the steepest and tallest plunge. 

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 Center 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 14, 2017

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Philadelphia Right Falls

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