Northern New York Waterfalls 

Talcottville Falls

Directions

Talcottville is on New York State Route 12D, about 2 miles north of Boonville.  Park on the roadside in the southbound lane, just south of the bridge crossing the Sugar River.

County: Lewis
Town: Leyden
USGS Map: Port Leyden
Waterway: Sugar River
Latitude: N 43o 32' 07"
Longitude: W 75o 22' 05"
Drop: ~60'
Type: Curtain
Region: Northwest of Boonville
Parking: Roadside
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 2 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Port Leyden Quadrangle

Talcottville FallsIn the southbound lane, just past where the guardrails end, you will find a path that leads to the falls.  According to local sources, these falls are technically unnamed.  Since they are not indicated on topographical maps, that would substantiate that.  We have seen them referred to as Talcottville Falls and Sugar River Falls.  Since information we have been given indicates that there are a number of other falls on the Sugar River, we will go with the former.  Please do not confuse these with Talcott Falls on the Stony Creek. This is one of the two most popular falls in nearby Jefferson County.

There is actually a series of drops here.  Just downstream of these falls, between the falls and the highway, is another smaller drop.  This section could qualify as a waterfall on its own since it is actually as large or larger than other named waterfalls in northern New York.  It is closer and more visible from the highway.  Pictures of this are also included in the display.  In the last photo in the display, the main and lower falls can be seen in relation to one another.  Also, just above the main falls, there is a drop of several feet that might lead one to classify this as a step waterfall.

As an interesting side-note, the hamlet of Talcottville is the first settlement in Lewis County.

The Sugar River flows into the Black River just a few miles downstream from these falls.  The Black River flows into Lake Ontario in the Jefferson County community of Dexter, just west of Watertown.

Last update:  April 24, 2017

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