Northern New York Waterfalls 

Prospect Quarry Falls


Heading south from Prospect on the Trenton Falls Prospect Road, there is a road leading into the old quarry just past the town library.

County: Herkimer
Town: Russia
USGS Map: Remsen
Waterway: West Canada Creek
Latitude: N 43° 18' 16"
Longitude: W 75° 08' 54"
Drop: 15'
Type: Ribbon Cascade
Region: Southeast of Remsen
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 10-15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Accessibility: Private
Name: Unnamed

Remsen Quadrangle

We have been made aware of this waterfall by a local contributor.  An unnamed waterfall, we started calling it this because of its access point.  It is actually on the opposite side of the West Canada Creek from the Prospect Quarry.  Having said that, in September 2017, we were notified that the road leading into it is now posted so it appears that it is no longer accessible via this route.  Because of this, we have removed the specific access details..

This waterfall presents some unique circumstances.  It is technically not on the West Canada Creek.  It's on a stream feeding it.  This stream isn't indicated on topographical maps.  Streams that are very small often aren't noted on the maps.  In this case, this "stream" doesn't really exist!  Whether it is a stream or a spring, the source of this waterfall is underground.  As the pictures demonstrate, the waterfall emanates from about mid-way down the side of this cliff.  Consequently, although the West Canada Creek is the county line, this waterfall is on the Herkimer County bank.

Apparently in the past, locals would access this site from the Herkimer County side.  People were known to climb into the chasm to a small hole in the rock face, which is the underground source of this waterfall.  Due to a number of factors, we would not suggest this approach.

The West Canada Creek empties into the Mohawk River, which then flows into the Hudson before reaching the Atlantic Ocean.

Last update:  September 18, 2017

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Prospect Quarry Falls Prospect Quarry Falls

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