Head east on NY 5 in the city of Schenectady. Take
a left on NY 7 and then another left on NY 9/Loudon Road.
At Boght Road, turn right. This will become Manor
Avenue. This will end at the river where you should
turn right on North Mohawk Street. A left on School
Street will take you to a small park. Park street-side.
||N 43° 47' 15"
||W 73° 42' 33"
||Streetside or paved lot
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There are two places where the public can easily view the falls.
There’s a small park at the corner of School Street and Cataract
Street that was the original viewing area for the falls. This
point gives a wider view of the entire falls, but there's a set
of power lines between the park and the falls. Even so, it's
a great view. Visitors can park along School Street and Cataract
Street, although residents also park in the street too.
second public access point for viewing the falls is at Falls View
Park. This recently built park offers a closer view of the
falls. Unfortunately some young trees growing on the hillside
between the park and the falls are just starting to obscure the
view of part of the falls. one can still see most of the falls,
and this point is closer than School Street park.
an access path from Falls View Park to the base of the falls via
a long stairway. The hours when the access path is open are
somewhat random. Visitors may want to call the city of Cohoes
in advance if they want to gain access to the base of the falls.
There is a parking lot across the street from Falls View Park that
will accommodate about ten cars. Typically about six or seven
spaces are open at any time. When open, the lower level provides
an ideal spot to photograph the falls, as the view is unobstructed
by trees or fences.
There is a power plant at this location
which redirects a fair amount of flow away from the falls.
With a 75' drop and spanning 1000' across the river, water flows
across the falls just about all the time, but of course spring offers
the best viewing.
The falls are easily accessible
from the Mohawk-Hudson Bikeway. Both viewing areas are about
a half-mile from the bikeway itself. The signs at the entrance
to Falls View Park say 'No Bicycles' but typically, if cyclists
walk their bikes through the park the attendants don't seem to take
The Mohawk River flows into the Hudson River which
empties into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.
Last update: August 26, 2017