Northern New York Waterfalls 

Buttermilk Falls


From Cohoes to the west or Troy to the east, take NY 470 onto Van Schaick Island.  Turn north on Park Avenue.  This waterfall can be accessed from this area.

County: Saratoga/Albany
Town: Waterford/Cohoes
USGS Map: Troy North
Waterway: Mohawk River
Latitude: N 42° 46' 33"
Longitude: W 73° 41' 16"
Drop: 10'
Type: Curtain Cascade
Region: City of Cohoes
Parking: Streetside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Troy North Quadrangle

At the end of Park, at the intersection with Gansevoort, there's a fence with a wide driveway.  Off the driveway is a faint path that leads between a building surrounded by a fence with 'posted' signs on the fence and a broadcast tower with the same arrangement.  The path looks like a community trail used by practice and is not posted.  Follow the trail past the building and look to your left.  There's a narrow finger of shale projecting into the river.  The falls are upstream from that.  Use care walking out onto the shale as the drops to the river are about 50 feet or so.

One feature below the falls is a swirling pool about 100 feet in diameter that for some reason had carved away the bank, creating a sheer cliff at the river bank but leaving for some reason the 'finger' projecting out into the river.  It gives an almost ideal platform from which to photograph the falls.

The Mohawk merges with the Hudson River and then continues to flow into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.

Last update:  August 26, 2017

Hover on any of the thumbnails to see an enlarged image

Buttermilk Falls Buttermilk Falls

Reproduction of this World Wide Web Site in whole or in part is prohibited without permission. All rights reserved.
 Trademarks and copyrights are the property of the respective owners and may not be used without permission. is a service of Fourth Coast Creations