Northern New York Waterfalls 

Whetstone Gulf Falls


From the north:  Drive west from the hamlet of Martinsburg on the Cemetery Road.  Take a left at the Alger Road.  As you cross the West Road, this becomes the Corrigan Hill Road.  Follow this until you cross a bridge over the Whetstone Creek.  Just past the bridge there is a parking area.

From the south:  Take NY 26 to Houseville.  Go west on the Houseville Gulf Road (not the Houseville Road).  The first right will be the Corrigan Hill Road.  The parking area is on the left just before the bridge.

County: Lewis
Town: Martinsburg
USGS Map: Page
Waterway: Whetstone Creek
Latitude: N 43° 41' 47"
Longitude: W 75° 29' 48"
Drop: 50'
Type: Plunge
Region: Northwest of Turin
Parking: Unpaved lot
Trail type: Dirt
Length of hike: 1/2 mile
Difficulty: Moderate
Accessibility: Public
Name: Common

Page Quadrangle

The Whetstone Gulf State Park is home to the Whetstone Gulf Falls.  Athough it is possible to hike the trail around the rim of the gorge, that is somewhat of a lengthy walk.  We also know of people who have hiked up the creek trail.  This path requires sections where you must walk in the creek.  At certain times in the year, the amount of water flow may prevent this.

This route detailed in the directions bar not only is shorter, but it avoids the day use fee for the park, $7 in 2010.  The trade-off is that you probably want to be in a 4-wheel drive vehicle of some type which ample clearance.  The roads you take to get to the trailhead are not paved.  During the summer, the ride probably won't be bad but in the spring, your vehicle will undoubtedly look like you've been mud bogging by the time you are through.

At the parking area, take the north ridge trail if you want to walk right up to the falls.  The south ridge trail allows you a view across the gorge.  Both trails are well maintained and about a 15 minute walk of moderate difficulty.  Be aware that both of these trails are easily passable, but the foliage can become an issue, especially during the summer.

This waterfall is the most significant drop in this area.  We call it the Whetstone Gulf Falls and it is formed on an unnamed feeder of the Whetstone Creek which flows through the gorge.  You will see a number of smaller waterfalls on this creek as you hike in. 

We have posted some of these on a separate page for Whetstone Creek Falls.  A contributor has submitted pictures of these from a hike along the base of the gorge.

The Whetstone Creek flows into the Black River, which flows to Lake Ontario in Dexter, New York.

Last update:  November 2, 2017

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