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Waterfalls of New York State 100+ Challenge, Dig the Falls part 1, The Capital Region

Waterfalls of New York State 100+ Challenge, Dig the Falls, part 1, The Capital Region

For more information on this challenge click here

To purchase “Waterfalls of New York State”, click here 

To purchase “A Waterfall Guide to Letchworth State Park” by Scott A. Ensminger and Douglas K. Bassett, click here

The following list is the first set of locations listed in the book “Waterfalls of New York State” by Scott A. Ensminger (Western New York Waterfall Survey), David J. Schryver (Northern New York Waterfalls) and Edwards M. Smathers (Dig the Falls) Be sure to check them out! I myself have personally contributed a lot of waterfall location information to both Mr. Edward Smathers and Mr. David Schryver. I am currently a team member with “Dig the Falls”.

The simple rules of this challenge, is to visit 100 waterfall locations in the book. One location may have several waterfalls, but counts as one location. Click on the links (I have visited) in the boxes below, which will take you to additional information pages.

  Waterfall Additional waterfalls in location County Visited  
1

Mill Park Falls

25′ Total, (small dam, upper 6-8′ ledges, footbridge small cascade, 10′ main cascade)
Roadside views, or short walk to lower portion of the park.

Warren County

Yes  
2

Rockwell Falls

10 ft, horseshoe cascades
Roadside views

Borders Saratoga and Warren County Yes  
3

Beecher Creek Falls

(Home of the historical 1879 Copeland Covered Bridge)
20 ft, Cascade, Ledges
Roadside views
 

Saratoga County Yes  
 

Beecher Creek Falls #02

Up The Road From Beecher Creek Falls.
For this location go onto Pucker Street. It is a dead end road. Go to the end, which you can see right from the four corner intersection.

Saratoga County Yes  
4

Snook Kill, Falls on

55-60 ft Total
Roadside views

Saratoga County Yes  
5

Dionondahowa Falls

Once nicknamed Devil’s Caldron, and the plunge pool Hell’s Hole, by locals
50 ft to 60 ft Ribbon Cascade
.2 mile walk on uneven ground to several lookouts and observation decks

 

Washington County Yes  
6

Buttermilk Falls, Lower
Private property, do not trespass

Rensselaer County
SIDE NOTE: this is actually Buttermilk Falls, error in book

 

Yes  
  15 ft, cascade, drop
Roadside views
Buttermilk Falls Rensselaer County Yes  
7

Robert B Woodruff Outdoor Learning Center

Main Loop .64 Mile and Additional Side Trails .32 Miles

Herkimer County Yes  
  Barbara Smit Young Arboretum Waterfall Herkimer County Yes  
   

Cascade Falls

10 ft Block

Herkimer County Yes  
 

Cheesebox Factory Falls Herkimer County Yes  
 

Creamery Falls

50 ft, Staircase Cascade

Herkimer County Yes  
  Dave’s Look Out Falls at Herkimer County Yes  
  Kelly Falls Herkimer County Yes  
  Saw Mill Falls Herkimer County Yes  
8

Canajoharie Falls
Wintergreen Park

Montgomery County Yes  
 

Canajoharie Falls – Main Fall

45 ft, Ribbon

Montgomery County Yes  
 

Canajoharie Falls – Lower Falls

24 ft, 8 ft

Montgomery County Yes  
9

Yatesville Falls

Yatesville Falls State Forest
Also known as Buttermilk Falls and Vrooman’s Falls 
45 ft, Cascade
Short from the parking area or a 2.4 mile rt from main road

Montgomery County Yes  
10 Plotter Kill Nature Preserve
Plan on spending 2 hours or more exploring this park

Schenectady County Yes  
   

Plotter Kill Falls
Upper Falls 60 ft, Lower Falls 40 ft

Schenectady County Yes  
   

Rynex Creek Falls
40 ft

Schenectady County Yes  
11

Christman Sanctuary
20 ft

Albany County Yes  
12

Cohoes Falls

Falls View Park
65-70 ft, Curtain

Albany County Yes  
13

Mount Ida Falls

Also known as Wire Mill Falls and Poesten Kill High Falls
175 ft Multi-tiered Cascade

Rensselaer County Yes  
14

Barberville Falls

The Nature Concervancy’s Barberville Nature Preserve
92 ft Tiered Cascade

Rensselaer County Yes  
15 John Boyd Thacher Park Albany County Yes  
 

Outlet Falls
100 ft

Albany County Yes  
 

Minelot Falls
(Also known as Big Falls and Indian Ladder Falls)
116 ft, Ribbon

Albany County Yes  
16

Hannacroix Creek Preserve, Cascade at
(Originally called Ravena Falls and now also known as Hannacroix Ravine Falls)
30 ft Curtain Cascade

  Borders Greene and Albany Counties No  
17

Rensselaerville Falls
Edmund Niles Huyck Preserve
60′ to 100′ Cascade

  Albany County No  
18

Mine Kill Falls

Mine Kill State Park
20 ft Upper 30 ft Middle 20 ft Lower Cascades

Schoharie County Yes  

 

Volunteers needed, Trail building and cleanup

Dig the Falls crew is in process of scheduling Trail building and Clean up in 2 locations. We are looking for volunteers and interest in helping out with this project. One location is in Troy New York and the other location is South of Watertown, in Oneida County. More information to follow.

Dig the Falls team member, you may contact directly for inquiries:
Dig the Falls, Edward Smathers
John Haywood,
The rest of our “Team”
Show Me Your Falls, with Julie Hughes Romano and Jacky Machell
Stash Rasin, with The Catskill Mountains and Another Adventure Photography

Leighs Falls

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Day 2 St Regis Falls area

Check out this trail on Wikiloc! https://www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=27774864 (Saint Regis Falls)

 

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roadtrip day 1

Check out this trail on Wikiloc! https://www.wikiloc.com/car-trails/thompsons-corner-saint-regis-falls-27726872 (Thompsons Corner – Saint Regis Falls)

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East Ithaca – Cascadilla Gorge Park Waterfalls

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Ithaca Falls Natural Area, Fall Creek

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Cayuga Heights – Fall Creek, Forest Falls, Foaming Falls, Horseshoe and Rocky Falls

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Asbury – Emilie Jonas Falls Nature Preserve, Gulf Creek Waterfalls

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Cayuga Heights – Triphammer Falls, Beebe Lake, Sacketts Footbridge Falls 9-17-2017

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