Since this waterfall is on private property, we are
not providing specific details on its access.
||W 75° 51' 48"
||Just east of Watertown
|Length of hike:
This very nice waterfall
within a short distance of the Watertown city limits came as a total
surprise to me. As a native of Watertown, I had never heard
of it. It is listed on the World Waterfall Database as Rutland
Hollow Falls. When I discovered where it was, I reached out
to a good friend that lives immediately across the road from it.
Within a span of about 12 hours, I talked with some old friends,
two of whom I've known for over 50 years, who live very close to
it and know it well. I heard many stories about swimming there
when they were kids.
We must stress that it is located on private property.
It also turns out that the property is now owned by a Watertown-based
church and the pastor when we learned about it is a high school classmate of mine!
When I explained what I was doing, he graciously granted me permission
to go there and that was before he realized who I was!
It is flowing during most of the year, except of course during
the winter when everything is frozen. Located off the east
end of Lake Ontario, Watertown is known as Snowtown USA. The
snow and cold is legendary!
The waterfall is on an unnamed stream that flows out of an area
known as Rutland Hollow, a valley east of the city. On
November 19, 2017, we received an email from a contributor who
also grew up in this area. The stream flowed through their
backyard just downstream of the falls, and his mother referred
to it as Fall Creek. We are researching this.
friends who grew up in this area in the fifties and sixties know
this as Butternut Falls, because of the prevalence of Butternut
trees in the area. The name of this waterfall is now
official, having been added to the GNIS data base on November 9,
Some might consider this a step-type waterfall because, as the
pictures show, you can see the layers of rock forming steps in its
path. However, these steps drop very quickly. Unlike
some step-falls that you could literally walk up, this is very steep
and is more of a cascade. The top few steps drop six to eight
feet gradually. The center section is a rapid succession of
steps dropping about 20'. It then levels out very briefly
before the final drop of another eight feet or so.
We have found a few waterfalls like this one. It is a true
beauty, virtually unknown and hidden within a very short distance
of a fairly populated area.
This unnamed stream flows into the Black River less than a
mile downstream from here. The Black finds its way to Lake
Ontario in Dexter, New York.
Last update: November 19, 2017