Pratt's Falls

Pompey / Onondaga County, New York, USA

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1.5
Pratt's Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Pratt's Falls is a thin and lacy 137ft high waterfall partially hidden in thick foliage. Now while the foliage could be annoying in that we couldn't really get a clean look at it, I can also envision how the falls would really stand out in the Autumn when Fall colors show themselves amongst the neighboring foliage making the scene come alive. So given our early Summer visit, we had to be content with lots of green around the falls.

Although it wasn't obvious to me at first, there was a short path leading from the car park then descending to the base of the falls. The views from the rim of the gorge was mostly blocked. At the bottom of the trail, all that I was able to see of the falls is what you can see in the photos on this page.

According to the signage here, the falls got its name from a saw mill built by Manoah Pratt, Sr. and Abraham Smith in 1796. A couple of years later, it operated as a flour mill.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Although Pratt's Falls was closer to Syracuse than Ithaca, we based ourselves in Ithaca because there were many more waterfalls there like Taughannock FallsAlthough Pratt's Falls was closer to Syracuse than Ithaca, we based ourselves in Ithaca because there were many more waterfalls there like Taughannock Falls
Nearby Pratt's Falls to the east was Chittenango FallsNearby Pratt's Falls to the east was Chittenango Falls
Info about the fallsInfo about the falls

Looking down at the falls from its brinkLooking down at the falls from its brink

View as we approached the end of the trailView as we approached the end of the trail

Signposted fence before the fallsSignposted fence before the falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS




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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

For some reason we took a roundabout way to get to the falls (we stayed on the I-90 for too long and had to go south on I-481 before going the right way). So we'll describe to you the way we should have gone in the first place using Syracuse as the starting point.

Going south from Syracuse, we followed the I-81 until it junctioned with the Hwy 20. Heading east on Route 20, we then took it into the town of Pompey where we turned left onto county highway 182. While on Hwy 182, we then turned right onto county Hwy 218 (Pratts Falls Road) where a spur road (Pratts Falls Drive) to Pratt's Falls County Park was on the left.

For context, Syracuse was 56 miles (over an hour drive) north of Ithaca, 153 miles (2.5 hours drive) east of Buffalo, and 247 miles (4.5 hours drive) northwest of New York City.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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