Northern New York Waterfalls 

High Falls


Take Duane Street in the village of Malone.  This turns into CR 25.  Continue to the hamlet of Chasm Falls and turn left onto CR 27/Pond Road.  In a few miles, take a right on the Barnesville Road.  There will be a sign indicating the "Big Salmon River Public Fishing Stream".  If you come to the Trailside Tavern, you have gone just a bit too far.  In about 3/4 mile, you will come to a "Titusville Mt. State Forest ... High Falls" sign.  

County: Franklin
Town: Bellmont
USGS Map: Owls Head
Waterway: Salmon River
Latitude: N 44° 42' 36"
Longitude: W 74° 10' 22"
Drop: ~30'
Type: Curtain Slide
Region: Southeast of Malone
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 3/4 of a mile, one-way
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Public
Name: Official

Bellmont Quadrangle

Another of the several High Falls in northern New York, this one is located in a slightly more remote area than most.  Although not deep in the Adirondacks at this point, it is in a relatively sparsely populated area.  To call the Barnesville Road a road is a bit of a stretch!  It is a single lane dirt road with lots of rocks and bumps.  The parking area isn't much more than a slightly wider spot in the road.  This area is accessed off the Pond Road, just south of the hamlet of Owls Head and west of Mountain View.

For the most part, the trail is fairly well maintained although we did find some stretches that needed some help.  We suspect that it was damaged in the recent spring run-off which was quite harsh and the group that maintains it hadn't gotten around to fixing it yet.  The sign indicates a hike of 0.75 miles, but our GPS showed it to be a bit less than that.  The only reason we classified is as a moderate hike is because of its length.

You are rewarded for your 1.5 mile round-trip hike with a beautiful set of falls.  There are several steps through a stretch where the river narrows.  We were there in July and there was ample flow.  This stretch would probably be quite impressive in the spring during high water.

The Salmon River flows north into Canada and then empties into the St. Lawrence River.

Last update:  September 27, 2016

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