Carpenter Falls, New York

Carpenter Falls in May 2009

I ended up visiting Carpenter Falls after finding out that the Gorge Trail in Filmore Glen State Park was closed still (due to winter). After looking around for other nearby waterfalls, I noticed Carpenter Falls. Carpenter Falls is a very nice plunge waterfall that is relatively close to other waterfalls, but also isolated enough, considering the abundance of waterfalls in New York.

The trail to the falls is not too bad, but actually getting a closer view does require some fancy footwork. To get down to the base, you’ve got to figure out someway to safely slide down the slope that leads to the base. You can also get closer at a higher level, but as you can see from the picture, it’s slightly precarious…not too bad, though.

Directions:

  1. You’ll want to be on NY-41A between Skaneateles and New Hope. We were coming from New Hope, heading north for about half a mile.
  2. Turn right onto Appletree Point Rd. and go for about a half a mile.
  3. On your left, you’ll notice a small gravel parking lot. Park here.
  4. Head on the left trail to reach Carpenter Falls. Head right to find Angel Falls, which we did not visit since it was a longer trail and reportedly more difficult to reach.

Accessibility: 6/10 (moderate)
Height: 90′
Length of Hike: 0.3 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Carpenter Falls?

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