From the hamlet of Orwell, proceed
south on CR 22 and take a left on the
Falls Road. You are looking for the Salmon River
Unique Area. It is a popular attraction and clearly
||East of Pulaski
|Length of hike:
||Easy to moderate
Without a doubt, Salmon River Falls is the
largest and most popular waterfall in Oswego County.
The Salmon River Unique Area is well maintained
by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
The trail from the parking lot to the upper overlook area is less
than 0.2 miles long. This gravel trail is smooth and a leisurely
walk. Part way through that trail is a gorge trail that descends
to the river below. This is a combination path and stone steps.
The descent is moderate but beware. The return to the top
will wind most hikers. This trek is not for everyone!
At the end of the upper trail are a number of observation
areas. There is also an area with wooden bordered steps that
take you to the riverbed above the falls. Please use
caution above the crest. Deaths have occurred at this
location. In fact, if you look closing in our video, you
will see a couple at the extreme left on the crest.
These pictures were taken in late July. In
the spring of the year, the water cascading can cover the width
of the river.
The Salmon River flows into Lake Ontario.
Last update: June 14, 2017