Northern New York Waterfalls 

Lyon Street Falls


In the city of Amsterdam, turn off NY 67 onto Forest Avenue.  Just after crossing the bridge, you will intersect Lyon Street where you should turn left.  There is a dirt parking lot on the corner.

County: Montgomery
Town: City of Amsterdam
USGS Map: Amsterdam
Waterway: North Chuctanunda Creek
Latitude: N 42° 57' 08"
Longitude: W 74° 10' 36"
Drop: 45' total
Type: Multiple curtain cascades
Region: City of Amsterdam
Parking: Dirt lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Unnamed

Amsterdam Quadrangle

This is an unnamed series of waterfalls in the city of Amsterdam.  We have tentatively given it this name because of its location.  From this location, we saw and counted five drops.  It is possible that some of these are actually what is left of man-made structures.  It is evident that this area used to be a manufacturing area and dams were probably present at one time.  They were either demolished or nature has taken its toll and this is what is left. 

Just above the parking area, from the upstream side of the Forest Avenue bridge, you can see an old dam that used to be about eight to ten feet high.   This is the first drop which is a small cascade formed where the center stones have washed out so the drop over what's left of the dam is only five or six feet high.

Proceeding back downstream, past the parking area, follow the creek through the field and you will see four more drops.  The first of these, which we are calling the second drop overall, is just downstream of the Forest Avenue Bridge and is in a narrow part of the channel.  This is probably about six to eight feet high and appears to be a natural waterfall.  Further downstream, just past a footbridge, the third drop is a free-fall cascade of about 15'.  We're not sure of the status of this one, but may be man-made remnants of a former dam.  Drop four is another 50' or so downstream and is a small cascade of about three feet.  The fifth and final drop is a 15' plunge through the rocks in the channel and is another 200' or so downstream.

The four videos at the right show, in order, Drop 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The water from the North Chuctanunda Creek makes its way into the Mohawk River and the Hudson River before reaching the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.

Last update:  October 7, 2017

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Lyon Street Falls-drop 5

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