Northern New York Waterfalls 

Upper Falls


On NY 3 between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, just east of Panther Mountain and just south of Upper Saranac Lake, the Coreys Road will exit to the south.  Follow this for about 3 miles.  About 0.2 mile after crossing Stoney Creek there is a parking lot.  The trailhead is at the back of the parking lot, behind the registration kiosk. 

County: Franklin
Town: Harrietstown
USGS Map: Tupper Lake
Waterway: Raquette River
Latitude: N 44° 08' 29"
Longitude: W 74° 19' 46"
Drop: 8'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: Between Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 4.8 miles, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate, long
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Tupper Lake Quadrangle

This is the third waterfall you will come to along this stretch of the Raquette.  As we mentioned on our page for Raquette Falls, due to the length of the hike, it would stand to reason that you will visit all three of these on the same hike.  Please refer to our page for Lower Falls for information common to all three.  

Continue along the trail that skirts the river for another 1/2 mile beyond Raquette Falls.  The stretch between these two waterfalls is for the most part one continuous stretch of rapids with the exception of about 150 to 200 feet of flat water mid-way through the stretch.

Upper Falls is probably the prettiest and nicest drop of these three falls.  The hike between Raquette and Upper is much like the entire hike from the parking lot.  We would classify this as moderate, with the exception of the last few hundred feet.  The trail deteriorates and there are several up and downs over rocks.  It's not mountain goat country, but it is a little trickier than the rest of the trail.  When you reach the waterfall, you can descend to the river level.  It is somewhat of a scramble but well worth the effort.

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

Last update:  August 25, 2016

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