New York Waterfalls (USA)



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INTRODUCTION

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 part of what motivated us to want to visit the rest of upstate New York was to experience the waterfalls and the Nature outside of what everyone already knows. And in doing this, we felt that we were richly rewarded for stepping out of the obvious. As you can see from the map above, we have quite a few waterfall sightings to show for our efforts.

In order to better organize and digest the New York Waterfalls, we've broken up the state into the following subregions - Central New York, Eastern New York, and Western New York.

Rainbow Falls in Ausable Chasm Central New York pretty much pertains to the Finger Lakes region, where we probably witnessed the largest concentration of waterfalls in the state. For the purposes of this website, we're pretty much defining this region as the swath of land east of Rochester and west Syracuse though we're also including the surroundings just east of the city. This swath of land also stretches from the Lake Ontario shores to the north all the way to the Pennsylvania border to the south. 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. Among other notable waterfalls that we've encountered here were Ithaca Falls and Chittenango Falls.

Eastern New York pertains to the tall stretch of state encompassing the Adirondacks to the north and the Catskill Mountains to the south. It's pretty much the rest of New York state east of the finger lakes from the Canadian border to the north all the way to the Pennsylvania border to the south as well as the borders to the east (e.g. Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont). Perhaps the most dramatic waterfall that we've encountered in this huge swath of real-estate was Kaaterskill Falls.

Finally, Western New York pertains to the remaining stretch of real-estate west of the Finger Lakes. For the purposes of this website, we're defining this area to be pretty much everything west of Rochester and the I-390 while stretching north to south from both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie to the north and Pennsylvania to the south. Naturally, this section includes Niagara Falls, but it also includes Letchworth State Park, which itself includes waterfalls such as the Middle Falls of the Genesee River.

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. We even have a Top 10 Waterfalls with Fall Colors to honor those waterfalls that exhibited this property, and one of the falls in the state made that list. Indeed, we expect to continue to go waterfalling in this state as it's blessed with so much to see and do outside of the bright lights of the city that never sleeps (i.e. New York City). Check out the table and links below to read more about the waterfalls that we can share so far...




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WATERFALL THUMBNAILS

To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.

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Central 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

Watkins Glen 3 Watkins Glen Waterfalls
Watkins Glen / Seneca Lake, New York

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Eastern 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

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Western New York

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

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

Medina Falls 1.5 Medina Falls
Medina / Erie Canal, New York




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