New York Waterfalls (and New Jersey Waterfalls)


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New York Waterfalls were something we didn't really expect to see prior to visiting the state. However, we've been fortunate enough to see a piece of such nature - especially in the upstate encompassing the western, northern, and central regions of the state. Of course the biggest draw here is the granddaddy of them all - Niagara Falls - as well as some of the tallest waterfalls east of the Mississippi such as Taughannock Falls in the Finger Lakes area.

Of course everyone knows about Niagara Falls (it not only made our Top 10 USA Waterfalls List but also our World's Top 10), but not far away lies the Genesee River which sports an impressive collection of wide waterfalls (some of which even flow inside the urban concrete jungles of large cities such as Rochester). Among the waterfall highlights found on this river were in Letchworth State Park, especially the Middle Falls of the Genesee River.

Further to the east in central New York lies the charming and tranquil Finger Lakes region. It was here that we explored nostalgic colonial villages and wine trails nestled around impressive lakes as well as a nice collection of waterfalls that easily rival those in the western US in both size and character. One of the enduring characteristics of this part of the state were the many hidden glens that each possessed their own cascades and waterfalls along with a real geology lesson about the forces that gave rise to such beautiful features. Perhaps the glen that best embodied this aspect of the Finger Lakes region was the gorgeous Watkins Glen.

There's still more New York Waterfalls further upstate in places such as the Catskill Mountains (including the scenic Kaaterskill Falls) and the Adirondacks (including the Rainbow Falls in Ausable Chasm). We also learned that waterfalling upstate New York in the Autumn provided additional benefits in the form of seeing Fall colors with the beautiful falls that dot the state. Indeed, we expect to continue to go waterfalling in those regions as this state is blessed with so much to see and do outside of the bright lights of the city that never sleeps (i.e. New York City).

In addition to the waterfalls of upstate New York, I'm also including waterfalls that we managed to visit in the Garden State of New Jersey. In fact, the waterfalls found in this state (such as the historical Paterson Great Falls) were actually much closer to New York City than those that could be found in the upstate region! Moreover, it's not totally unheard of to take the mass transit system from New York City to Paterson, New Jersey!




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WATERFALLS

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The Horseshoe Falls section of Niagara Falls

5 Niagara Falls

near Buffalo, New York
Upper Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park

2.5 Upper Falls of the Genesee River

Letchworth State Park, New York
Middle Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park

4 Middle Falls of the Genesee River

Letchworth State Park, New York
Lower Falls of the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park

2.5 Lower Falls of the Genesee River

Letchworth State Park, New York
Ithaca Falls

4 Ithaca Falls

Ithaca, New York
Taughannock Falls

3 Taughannock Falls

Cayuga Lake / Ulysses, New York
Buttermilk Falls

1.5 Buttermilk Falls

Ithaca, New York
Chittenango Falls

3 Chittenango Falls

Madison County, New York
Pratt's Falls

1.5 Pratt's Falls

Onondaga County, New York
The Upper Carpenter Falls

2 Upper Carpenter Falls

Skaneateles Lake, New York
The harder-to-access Lower Carpenter Falls

2 Lower Carpenter Falls

Skaneateles Lake, New York
Aunt Sarah's Falls near Montour Falls

1.5 Aunt Sarah's Falls

Montour Falls, New York
She Qua Ga Falls (also known as Montour Falls)

2.5 She Qua Ga Falls (Montour Falls)

Montour Falls, New York
Lucifer Falls in Robert H. Treman State Park

2 Lucifer Falls

Robert H. Treman State Park, New York
Lower Falls (Enfield Falls) in Robert H. Treman State Park

2 Lower Falls (Enfield)

Robert H. Treman State Park, New York
The Lower Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

2.5 Lower Falls of the Genesee River

Rochester, New York
High Falls of the Genesee River in Rochester, NY

1.5 High Falls of the Genesee River

Rochester, New York
Passaic Falls (Paterson Great Falls)

2 Passaic Falls (Paterson Great Falls)

Paterson, New Jersey
Watkins Glen

3 Watkins Glen Waterfalls

Watkins Glen / Seneca Lake, New York
High Falls in Chateaugay, NY

2 High Falls (Chateaugay)

Adirondacks, New York
Rainbow Falls (Ausable Chasm)

3 Rainbow Falls (Ausable Chasm)

Adirondacks, New York
Kaaterskill Falls

3.5 Kaaterskill Falls

Catskill Mountains, New York
Medina Falls

1.5 Medina Falls

Medina / Erie Canal, New York


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