From NY 72 in the
hamlet of Parishville, turn on St. Lawrence
CR 47. This will take you
by the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School
campus. Take a left on the first cross
road, which is the Allen Falls Road.
You will come to a bridge in a short distance.
There is an area on your left just before
crossing the bridge where you can park.
River West Branch
||Off NY 72,
north of the village of Parishville
It is likely that Allen Falls is the second
most popular waterfall in St. Lawrence County, behind the town
of Clare's Lampsons Falls. Immediately across the road
from where you park, you will find the path heading downstream.
The falls are less than 0.2 mile in.
When you reach the falls, you will be by the
crest of it. Continue a bit further and you will find
a spot where you can descend to the river level below.
The bank is steep and it will be a scramble.
There are several areas where you can get a good view of the
falls. There is an island in the river here. If
you proceed down the riverbank to the point where you really
can't go any further without getting wet, you will be able to
see a smaller waterfall where it comes out on the opposite side
of the island.
This main part of this waterfall is a fairly
steep plunge that is close to three times as wide as the fall.
The river begins its descent at least a couple of hundred feet
upstream. There is a stretch of rapids and then a series
of small drops before making this final plunge.
Typically, as with most waterfalls in northern
New York, there will still be snow present until after the middle
The St. Regis River flows into the St. Lawrence
River almost on the US/Canada border a few miles northeast of
Massena, New York.
Last update: April 26, 2017