Northern New York Waterfalls 

Griffin Falls


From the junction of NY 8 and NY 30 north of Wells, go east on Route 8 for about 2.5 miles. There is a pull-off on the right and directly across the road there is a seasonal dirt road.  Follow this for about 0.2 miles where you will cross a bridge.  Park on the roadside immediately across the river.

County: Hamilton
Town: Wells
USGS Map: Harrisburg
Waterway: Sacandaga River East Branch
Latitude: N 43o 28' 22"
Longitude: W 74o 13' 29"
Drop: 6'
Type: Cascade
Region: NY 8 between Wells and the Hamilton/Warren County line
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 0.1 mile
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Wells Quadrangle

Griffin FallsThere is a logging road to the left after the bridge.  Follow this for no more than a hundred yards.  Signs on the right indicate that this is a forest preserve, wilderness area.  Directly across the road from this is a large tree with paths on both sides leading to one path into the woods.  Follow this to the river edge and the waterfall.

This is a very short and easy hike.  If you stood on the bridge that you crossed and looked downstream, you probably wouldn't be able to tell this is a waterfall because you are looking over the crest.  Standing downstream of the waterfall, however, you can see the bridge. 

This one is somewhere between a slide and a step type falls.  The bed under it has heaved over time and large sheets of rock are tipped on an angle.  As with many Adirondack waterfalls, this one has a completely different personality in the spring compared to later in the year. 

The east branch of the Sacandaga River joins the main branch about 2.2 miles downstream from that point.  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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