Waterfall Roadtrip Compilation!
New York waterfalls are among the most beautiful, and our Waterfall Roadtrips have gotten a lot of love! So, we’ve decided to compile them all in one convenient Waterfall Roadtrip Compilation! Below, you will find all your favorite New York Waterfall roadtrips listed below, where you can sort through them quickly and efficiently. Pair these roadtrips with our interactive New York state waterfall map, and you can plan dozens of your own waterfall trip!
Each article contains lists, in order, of the waterfalls and some places of interest like shops and restaurants. With ten roadtrip articles, and thousands of waterfalls in New York, you’re certain to find some to call favorites!
Just click on each name to be taken to the corresponding article. Be sure to check with the park or location you are planning to visit ahead of time to confirm that it is open and accessible.
Be sure to check out our interactive New York State waterfall map where you can search waterfalls based on a number of criteria like radius, address, township, etc., and also get the next closest five waterfalls to a waterfall you select!
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PLEASE NOTE: All properties should be considered posted and/or private property unless you have specific knowledge otherwise. Access to any waterfall or natural area of any category is a privilege and can be revoked at any time for any reason. Respect landowner rights, speak out should you witness anyone doing otherwise and educate everyone willing to listen about good environmental stewardship and the Leave No Trace (LNT) ideology. Please use our New York State Waterfall Map responsibly.
Dig The Falls would like all site visitors to take the greatest precautions when visiting any location listed herein. Although there are some locations that fall within park systems, there are many more that do not and are considered very dangerous to visit. ALL outdoor locations can be considered dangerous. In visiting this website you are agreeing to release Dig The Falls of any liability from any visitations to any of the locations listed on the website as a whole.
Some waterfalls in New York have gained a reputation for being dangerous. While the terrain around a waterfall can be precarious, a person’s actions around a waterfall can far more perilous.
Outdoor recreational activities are, by their very nature, potentially hazardous and contain risk. Locations, trails, and waterfalls listed on this site, and conditions, accuracy, and safety, cannot be guaranteed. You are hiking and visiting these locations at your own risk and at your own will.
Some waterfalls have a reputation for being dangerous. While terrain and trail conditions can make any waterfall hazardous, ALMOST every accident at waterfalls can be avoided.
By following a few pointers and exercising diligence and common sense, a trip to a waterfall can be a lasting memory rather than a tragedy.
- Waterfalls, by their very nature, are a draw for people to climb on, swim near, or jump from. If you decide to jump (please—never dive!) into an inviting pool at a waterfall, it is imperative that you first check out the water for unseen objects. Trees, branches, and other debris can wash downstream and become lodged under the water’s surface, creating an unseen and deadly hazard. Large trees, boulders, and even debris like rope or netting can ensnare someone, with disastrous consequences.
- When water levels are high and waterfalls really get going, there will be not only be an increase in the power of the current, but an increase in foam and aeration (air bubbles in the water) as the water shoots down into the pool from above. This aerated water does not afford the same resistance that swimmers are used to when they try to pull themselves up or out.
Increased water circulation and the force of the onrushing current can also push swimmers into or under underwater ledges, giving no chance for escape. Many swimmers have perished because they underestimated the power of moving water. Do not swim when conditions even look dangerous. Chances are, they are.
- Do not get too close to the edge of the waterfall’s precipice. Too many people have fallen to their deaths by trying to get a better look or by getting that photo or selfie. NO PHOTOGRAPH OR “SELFIE” IS WORTH YOUR LIFE.
If signs are posted, pay close attention and do not go where they tell you not to. They are there for a reason. Just because you may see others doing things that they shouldn’t be doing doesn’t mean it’s allowed. Instagram stardom doesn’t count if you’re dead.
- Be mindful of your surroundings. If you are in a gorge or area with high walls, look around for potentially hazardous objects that might fall. Nothing should be discounted here. Boulders, trees, and blocks of ice can break loose from above and come crashing down. When in doubt, make the safe call.
- Crossing high and/or turbulent water should only be done if you are properly equipped to do so and have an exit plan if you should get swept off your feet.
- Wear proper footwear; something with good traction and support that will help prevent slipping. If visiting a waterfall in the winter, wear micro-spikes or other traction devices to keep you from slipping on ice.
- Wear proper clothing at all times. When wet, cotton and denim will remain damp for prolonged periods, potentially leading to hypothermia (a dangerous cooling down of the body), even in moderate weather.
- Always carry a flashlight, headlamp, or other form of lighting in case your hike goes on longer than you had planned, and it gets dark. Don’t rely on a cell phone flashlight.
- Always respect posted and private property, and practice “carry in, carry out” with any trash you may have made from wrappers or bottles.
- Take note that many of these hikes would be considered “difficult” or “moderate” to the average hiker. Participants should be aware of their own abilities, and of the risks associated with outdoor activities. Preparation is vital.
- Those who plan on hiking to any of these waterfalls should make the necessary preparations and consult the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) website at www.dec.ny.gov for bulletins, weather alerts, and other important information.
- Using drugs and/or alcohol is not recommended when visiting waterfalls, as impaired abilities can lead to accidents.
Everyone loves waterfalls! People love the scenery, the sound, and the feeling they get as the water crashes about the rocky landscape, whipping up a misty breeze. And with so many waterfalls in the Adirondacks, it’s impossible not to come back with several nice photographs as long as you know what you are doing.
The following are pointers on how to capture your favorite waterfalls in a photograph.
First of all, photographing waterfalls is no different than photographing a landscape. All you need are the proper tools and you’re all set. That being said, DO NOT feel like you need the latest and greatest, most expensive camera and lens. A great photograph can be made with any camera.
- Camera and lens. It’s preferable to have a camera that allows for manual control of the shutter speed and aperture.
- A sturdy tripod. A bean bag or similar device will also do the trick.
- Neutral Density filter, which is a dark filter that allows for slower shutter speeds.
- Polarizer filter to remove glare from water and wet rocks; be mindful that it will also darken your picture by about one f-stop.
- Remote shutter release to allow hands-free shutter release of the camera, which decreases camera shake. If you do not have one, you can use the timer on your camera as a substitute.
When you reach your destination, take a few minutes to scope out the terrain. Notice the lighting, the shadows, patterns in the trees, and any interesting formations in the rock or flow of water. Take a moment to “feel” the scene. Inhaling a few deep, slow breaths and just absorbing all that surrounds you can help you concentrate and focus.
When you have found your shot, set up your tripod and camera, attach whichever filter you prefer to use, and set your camera to “Shutter Priority.” This setting will allow you to choose the desired shutter speed while the camera adjusts the aperture. Also set the ISO, which is the light sensitivity, to 100 or whatever the lowest value is that your camera has. This will allow for use of a slower shutter speed. Most important, do not only focus on the waterfall itself. Make a point to include the beautiful scenery surrounding the waterfall. Remember, you want to tell a story.
Making the photograph: Now the fun begins! Look through the eyepiece and frame your shot. Be sure to look everywhere in the viewfinder for any details you may want to include or crop out by moving the camera or zooming in or out. Now decide on the look you want the water to have. What the human eye sees is between 1/60 and 1/30 of a second. This shutter speed will freeze the water with minimal movement. A much faster shutter speed will virtually freeze the water in place with zero movement, and a slower shutter speed will show much more motion. A lot of people like to create the “smoky” or “creamy” look of the water by using the slowest shutter speed they can get while others prefer the more natural look.
It all depends on your vision of what you want your photograph to look like. Please don’t be swayed one way or the other. Many have found that a shutter speed between 1/6 and 1/8 allows for a nice blending and shows the motion of the water while also allowing some of the smooth effects of a slow shutter speed. Again, this is entirely up to you as the photographer.
The nice thing that digital cameras offer is the ability to see your photos and make adjustments right then and there. Don’t be afraid to take advantage of this feature that allows you to experiment by using different settings.
Also, don’t be afraid to make some mistakes when experimenting. Purposely set the exposure too high or too low to see the results. Try different angles, and always remember to also make some photos in the vertical.
Photography is not as difficult as many may think. If you have the eye for a good shot and the patience to learn, the world can be your canvas!
As with any outdoor activity, especially around waterfalls, please use caution and remember… no photo or selfie is worth your life!