Northern New York Waterfalls 

Bushnell Falls


In the hamlet of Keene Valley, take Adirondack Street until you reach "The Garden" parking area.  It is our understanding that there is a fee to park here.

County: Essex
Town: Keene
USGS Map: Keene Valley
Waterway: Johns Brook
Latitude: N 44° 08' 43"
Longitude: W 73° 52' 58"
Drop: 20'
Type: Ribbon cascade
Region: Off NY 73 west of Keene Valley
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 5.0 mile one-way
Difficulty: Difficult
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Keene Quaddrangle

It is our understanding that this is a fairly strenuous hike, which we have not yet done.  Our pictures were provided by a regular contributor, John Holmes.

This is a very popular hiking area and the parking lot is often full early on weekends.  There is an alternative parking area at the Marcy Field lot north of Keene Valley.  A shuttle bus usually runs usually runs on busy weekends.  Most hiking websites warn that it is a long hike and you may return after the last bus returns so please be aware of that possibility.  The primary trailhead is at the Garden parking area.  From there, the hike is fairly gentle for the first three miles until you start to descend into Johns Brook Valley.  Follow the signs to Johns Brook Lodge and a spur trail to the waterfall is 1.5 to 2 miles beyond.  The side trail leading to the base of the falls is less than 1/4 mile.

If anyone has any additional information on this site, please contact us.

Johns Brook enters the Ausable River East Branch at the hamlet of Keene Valley.  This then joins forces with the west branch in Ausable Forks.  The combined Ausable River empties into Lake Champlain in the town of Peru.

Last update:  May 24, 2016

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