Northern New York Waterfalls 

Schroon Falls


Two miles north of the intersection of NY 74 on US 9, there is a bridge crossing the Schroon River.  Parking is available on the northeast side of the bridge by the River Road corner.

County: Essex
Town: Schroon
USGS Map: Paradox Lake
Waterway: Schroon River
Latitude: N 43° 53' 58"
Longitude: W 73° 44' 56"
Drop: 2'
Type: Curtain cascade
Region: US 9 between Schroon Lake and North Hudson
Parking: Roadside shoulder
Trail type: Dirt/rock/grass
Length of hike: <0.1 mile, 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Paradox Lake Quadrangle

Schroon FallsThis has got to be one of the tiniest waterfalls on record.  Although a very pleasant location, the drop here is only a couple of feet.  Another 100' or so downriver from the main drop is another section of some mild rapids with another drop of a foot or so.

There is a long stretch of guard rails along the road by the bridge so you should park north of the bridge at the River Road corner.  There is also a parking area off the Peaks Hill Road which exits route 9 on the southwest side of the bridge, but this road, and the Falls View Road which almost immediately exits it, are both labeled private.  There are no signs prohibiting parking at that location, however.  You can gain access to the river bank from either the north or south sides of the bridge, but the south side gives a bit better view of the falls.

On a return trip to this location in 2016, we found "Posted" signs a few dozen feet inland from the river on the southern bank.  To avoid that area, we went down the bank and stayed close to the river on the rocks surrounding the cement bridge support.

We would like to say that these falls provide a roadside view, but the falls are actually almost directly under the bridge so you really can't see them from the road.  The river's banks here are sandy which, although not unheard of in the Adirondacks, is certainly not the norm.

The Schroon River flows through Schroon Lake and then continues its journey to the Hudson River just outside of the village of Warrensburg.  The Hudson flows into the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.

Last update:  May 23, 2016

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