Boonton Falls is one of those waterfalls that I guess I would never expect to be where it is. Boonton Falls is located in busy New Jersey in Boonton (logically!). Boonton is a very nice city way out in the suburbs. When I visited in late May 2009, the falls were roaring.
There is a dam above the falls that you might be able to see in a zoomed up version of the picture. The waterfall is pretty easy to get to, though figuring out where to park seemed to be the most complicated part.
- I can’t exactly remember which freeway I exited to get to the falls. Viewing Google Maps, I think I exited from I-287 heading north, though I don’t remember the exit. I think it was the exit for Boonton.
- From whatever exit you take, head toward Main Street in downtown Boonton. I remember my GPS led me down Rockaway Street which runs parallel to Main Street on the opposite side of the Rockaway River, where Boonton Falls is located.
- It is possible to park on Main Street, though I couldn’t figure out any way to get down to the falls from there. Instead, from Main Street I saw there was a park down below. I drove down to the parking lot below, which is off of Main Street. There will be a sign saying to pay for parking, but I just drove right to the park. (The park is called Grace Lord Park.) There will be a slide and a merry-go-round there.
- From that park area, you will see a trail to your left. Follow that trail to your left down toward the river. The falls will be straight ahead on that trail.
Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip
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Is it safe to swim in the falls ? Or go in waist deep at least?
I have to admit I don’t really know. At certain times, it might be, though that would also depend on the policies in place (which I don’t remember).