On Main Street/NY 13, in the north end of Camden, look
for the Camden Elementary School. This is on the corner
of Empey Avenue. Turn here. This becomes River
Road as you leave the city. In a little over 6 miles,
you will reach the Graves Cemetery on your left as you approach
the hamlet of Florence. Park in the entrance to the
||N 43° 25' 59"
||W 75° 45' 00"
||Northwest Oneida County
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This waterfall is in the Graves Cemetery,
or more specifically, in front of it, in the hamlet of Florence
so we have dubbed it such. The waterfall is behind a house
and the actual cemetery is up on a hill. The only indication
of it is a blue sign at the entrance, which is quite easy to miss.
If you do miss it, the road you are on ends at the hamlet of Florence,
no more than 700' down the road. Simply turn around and come
back. People looking for this spot have been known to do that!
Walk across the stone bridge at the front of the cemetery.
On the bridge you can see the falls to the left below. After
crossing the bridge bear to the left and go down the hill to the
bottom for a streamside view. Use caution because the front
side of the river, at the left of the entrance, is privately owned.
This is a very quaint waterfall. It is somewhere between
a curtain cascade and a step falls. It is one of those locations
where you can easily get up close to the water.
The Little River flows into the Mad River just downstream from
this location. This is not the same Mad River that contains
the Mad River Falls in Oswego County, although it isn't far from
it. This Mad River flows into the Fish Creek West Branch in
Camden. From there the water flows into the Fish Creek which
empties into the Erie Canal at Sylvan Beach about 0.6 mile from
the eastern end of Oneida Lake. From here, the water flows
through the Oneida River where it joins forces with the Seneca River
in Three Rivers, a community in Clay, New York, just northwest of
Syracuse. This forms the Oswego River, which empties into
Lake Ontario in the city of Oswego.
Last update: October 7, 2017