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. (You can zoom up here.) The waterfall is pretty easy to get to, though figuring out where to park seemed to be the most complicated part.
1) 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.
2) 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.
3) 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.
4) 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.
Where in the World is Boonton Falls?: map