Northern New York Waterfalls 

Sandy Creek Upper Falls


From the village of Adams, proceed west on NY 178. Follow the signs to Belleville on NY 289.  In this hamlet, take a left, cross the bridge and take the first left on CR 82.  This waterfall is located a little less than two miles up this road.

County: Jefferson
Town: Ellisburg
USGS Map: Adams
Waterway: Sandy Creek
Latitude: N 43° 48' 06"
Longitude: W 76° 05' 52"
Drop: ~ 3'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: Southwest of Adams
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt/river bank
Length of hike: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Private
Name: Charted/Unnamed

Adams Quadrangle

We knew we were in the area of these falls so we stopped by a local home to see if we could get more information on how to find it.  A young man enjoying his summer vacation from school offered to guide us to the falls.  Our thanks to Andrew for helping us out.  Otherwise, these falls are best found by canoe or kayak on the water. 

Noted simply as "falls" on these maps, they are technically unnamed and have no common local name.  We have tentatively called them this because there are three waterfalls that we know of on the Sandy Creek and these are the furthest upstream.  We have been told that during spring run-off, the flow is much more impressive.  It is somewhat interesting that these falls are noted on topographical maps and yet many other falls in northern New York that are much larger are not noted.

The Sandy Creek flows into Lake Ontario.

Last update:  September 28, 2016

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