Welcome to Cohoes Falls! – Known to some as the original “Niagara Falls” due to its popularity well before Niagara took its place.

SOURCE: Russell Dunn’s Capital Region Waterfall Guide

Located just outside the heart of Cohoes, this waterfall is one of the biggest most dynamic falls in the region. Depending on the time of year you can be greeted with one immense torrent of water or hundreds of smaller trickling waterfalls over its 1,000-foot wide face.

Beautiful whatever the time of year, Cohoes Falls offers a great show and several areas where you can view the waterfall from. While it can be seen from up to a mile downstream, most prefer to wait until the time of the season when the bottom of the falls is open to the public.

If ever there were a waterfall to visit during the warmer weather, it’s Cohoes Falls. No admission fees and fishing areas available. Even your family pet is allowed in the falls viewing areas!

Waterfall Name: Cohoes Falls
Alternative Name(s): Buttermilk Falls
Phone: …..
Website: …..

Classification: Analysis in Progress
Height: 65′
Crest: 600′
Access/Location Classification: Accessible/May not be verified

Waterway: Mohawk River
Cave/Forest/Preserve Name: Cohoes Falls Overlook Park
Clove/Gulch/Valley/Glen: n/a
Gorge/Hollow/Gulf/Gully/Ravine/Chasm: n/a
Lat/Long: 42.7874, -73.70906
Altitude (Appx Meters): 27.1

Town: Cohoes
County: Albany
NYS Tourism Region: Capital-Saratoga
NYS Tourism:
NYDEC Region: Capital Region/Northern Catskills
NYDEC Contact:

Parking: 42.78506, -73.71047
Parking Notes: Falls View Park N42.785071 W73.710304 Falls View Parking #2 N42.78467 W73.70715
Trail head: 42.78506, -73.71047
Trail Notes: 5 min. (viewable from 2 parks near falls)
We are in the process of collecting trails via, which we will make available in the near future. “Analysis In Progress”, “TBD”, and empty fields denote information currently being collected.

Originator: Steve Young
Source 2: Russell Dunn
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