Northern New York Waterfalls 

Spruce Creek Falls


From Dolgeville, take NY 29 north.  Just before the junction of NY 29A, take a left on Fairview Road.  Park in the lot on your left just before the covered bridge.

County: Herkimer
Town: Salisbury
USGS Map: Salisbury
Waterway: Spruce Creek
Latitude: N 43° 08' 25"
Longitude: W 74° 47' 15"
Drop: 12'
Type: Slide
Region: Northwest of Dolgeville
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Unnamed

Salisbury Quadrangle

Spruce Creek FallsIn addition to the waterfall, you are treated to an additional highlight here.  There is a 42' long covered bridge originally built in 1857.  Now on the historic register, it has been relocated here.  According to the New York State Covered Bridge Society there are 24 remaining covered bridges in the state.  We have determined that four covered bridges in northern New York are located near waterfalls.  Spruce Creek Falls is home to the Salisbury Center Bridge.  Beecher Falls in Edinburg, Jay Falls in Jay and Lower Falls in Essex County are the other three. 

The facility also boasts a nice little park with picnic tables and a second waterfall, less than 500' downstream.  While we were there, two members of the local highway department crew were mowing and trimming.  There were also two men downstream fishing.  This appears to be a popular spot locally.

Just above the covered bridge, there is a series of small drops that go under the bridge.  There are several other steps downstream of the bridge, before reaching the main drop, which is a slide of about 12'.

The water from the Spruce Creek makes its way into the East Canada Creek, the Mohawk River and the Hudson River before reaching the Atlantic Ocean in New York City.

Last update:  October 7, 2017

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