Northern New York Waterfalls 

Jerden Falls


The Jerden Falls Road is located off the east side of NY 812 just north of the hamlet of Indian River.  Head north on it.  Actually, if you are coming from the north, a left on the Dutton Road and then a left on the Jerden Falls Road will save you a few miles.  Shortly after crossing a bridge over the Oswegatchie there is a right hand turn.  The corner isn't marked with standard street/road signs, but there is a sign indicating that it is the "Blanchard Creek Truck Road, South Entrance". Drive 0.2 of a mile up this road where you will go under a high voltage power line.  Take a right and follow it as far as you dare.

County: Lewis
Town: Croghan
USGS Map: Remington Corners
Waterway: Oswegatchie River West Branch
Latitude: N 44° 00' 38"
Longitude: W 75° 19' 12"
Drop: ~25'
Type: Slide
Region: South of Harrisville
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Croghan Quadrangle

Jerden FallsPlease note that once you leave NY 812, all of these roads are unpaved!  

As indicated in the directions side-bar, you are turning right directly under the power lines.  This is a dirt/sand road.  Our first word of caution ... if you are in a sedan or two-wheel drive vehicle with limited clearance, it might be wise to part on the roadside at the entrance.  It is a bit of a stretch to call this a road.  It is primarily sand and in serious disrepair.  Even with a 4WD truck, we only drove in about 0.1 mile.  We were there in June 2017 which was extremely wet.  Perhaps a drier times, you might be able to go further. 

Even from our parking spot, it was only about 1/4 mile on foot.  Continue walking up this "road".  You will be on your right of the power lines and will find a point where a smaller "road" bears off to the right.  In a short distance, you will exit right onto a trail.  Listen for the falls.  That is your guide.

At this point, the river narrows and the water flows through a series of esses down through the rocks.  Although there is a considerable vertical drop here, there is also a significant horizontal run so this is best described as a slide type waterfall.

The name of this waterfall is now official, having been added to the GNIS data base on November 9, 2017.

The West Branch of the Oswegatchie joins the main channel a few miles downstream, just west of the hamlet of Talcville in the town of Edwards.  This then flows to the St. Lawrence River in Ogdensburg.

Last update:  November 14, 2017

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Jerden Falls

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