Northern New York Waterfalls 

Moody Falls


This waterfall is located off the east side of NY 56, 1.5 miles from its intersection with NY 3 at Sevey Corners.  As you approach, you will see a tree stump at the top of the bank on your right with small DEC signs.

County: St. Lawrence
Town: Colton
USGS Map: Childwold
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44° 18' 42"
Longitude: W 74° 42' 56"
Drop: 20'
Type: Rectangular Cascade
Region: NY 56 between Tupper Lake and Colton
Parking: Roadside shoulder 
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public/state land
Name: Official

Childwold Quadrangle

Waterfall videoThere is no parking lot per se at this location.  You will need to park on the shoulder of the road.  There is moderate traffic here and it does come by at speed, so use caution.  The signs on the tree stump read "NYS Environmental Conservation Canoe Carry".  Climb the embankment and you will find a fairly well-worn and marked trail.

The river bank is 0.1 mile from the highway.  Once you reach the river, you need to hike another 0.1 mile upstream and get closer to the base of the falls.  When we first visited here several years ago, the trail along the river was fairly well defined.  For the past few years, tree limbs and large branches now litter one section so you will have to step over that.  These obstacles, probably deposited there by spring run-off, now create a bit of a chore to traverse this stretch.

We contacted DEC in June 2017 to find out if any cleaning was planned.  We were told that they "generally don't clean up natural debris along the shore of a river or lake unless it is in a developed, Intensive Use Area."  This trail is not considered in that category. 

Depending upon the water lever when you attempt this walk, you may need waterproof footwear or, at least, prepare to get wet.  Once you get past this 100 foot or so stretch, you will come to the end of DEC land.  In the past, beyond here is private and posted.

After the main drop, the river takes about a 90o bend and forms a "U".  There are some rapids in this stretch, including a drop of 2 or 3 feet over a ledge.

Due to the lack of road markings at the trailhead, we thought it wise to mark the waypoint of the access point on the road.  The coordinates we marked on the shoulder where we parked were N 44.31259 and W 74.72020.

The Raquette River empties into the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York

Last update:  July 1, 2017

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