Northern New York Waterfalls 

Auger Falls


1.7 miles north of the intersection of Routes 30 and 8 in Wells, there is a dirt road off to the right.  Actually there are two dirt roads exiting at the same spot, each one somewhat paralleling the highway in opposite directions.  Take the right fork.  It is about 0.1 mile long.

County: Hamilton
Town: Wells
USGS Map: Harrisburg
Waterway: Sacandaga River
Latitude: N 43° 28' 02"
Longitude: W 74° 14' 47"
Drop: 100'
Type: Cascade
Region: On NY 30 between Speculator and Wells
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.2 miles/5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Wells Quadrangle

Auger FallsAuger Falls is located on a stretch of NYS Routes 30 and 8 that run together from Speculator to just north of Wells.  At the end there is a trail leading into the woods where you will almost immediately come to a registration kiosk.  There is a sign on it asking visitors to register so that the NYS DEC can track use to justify maintenance expenditures and for information in the event of an emergency.  Your 0.2 mile walk from this point is on a trail that is fairly welled maintained, complete with yellow trail markers, and easy to pass.

Auger Falls drops in several steps, the main one being a plunge of 40'.  The falls probably got its name from the action of the water as it turns its way through the narrow gorge.  Take note of the fact that your vantage point is atop the mighty rocks that rise above the gorge.  There are some spots where you could probably descend and get closer to the river level.  Either way, there are no fences or retaining devices.  Although you are only 1/4 mile off a major highway, this is an undeveloped, wild area.  As with any waterfall, use caution as you enjoy this area.

The Sacandaga River flows through a number of lakes as it makes its way to the Hudson River whose final destination is the Atlantic Ocean.

Last update:  August 26, 2017

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Auger Falls

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