Pratt's Falls

Pompey, New York, USA

About Pratt’s Falls

Hiking Distance: 0.5 miles
Suggested Time: 30 minutes

Date first visited: 2007-06-15
Date last visited: 2007-06-15

Waterfall Latitude: 42.93153
Waterfall Longitude: -75.99445

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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 envision how the falls would really stand out in the Autumn.

Pratts_Falls_009_06152007 - Pratt's Falls
Pratt’s Falls

That would be when Fall colors would 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 photo above.

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.


Pratt’s Falls resides in the Pratt’s Falls Park near Syracuse in Onandaga County, New York. It is administered by the Onondaga County Parks. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Rochester_016_jx_06152007 - Info about the falls
Pratts_Falls_014_06152007 - Looking down at the falls from its brink
Pratts_Falls_001_06152007 - View as we approached the end of the trail
Pratts_Falls_011_06152007 - Signposted fence before the falls

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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