Cohoes Falls, New York

Some waterfalls are isolated, and then others are found in an urban environment. Cohoes Falls is one of the latter, and this usually means that it’s an easy visit to the falls. It’s a pretty short hike from one of the parking areas to the falls, which makes it a nice stop after a long day of hiking.

Cohoes Falls is reported to be anywhere from 65′ to 90′ tall, and I’m not sure why there’s such a variation, as the falls don’t really “look” uneven. But that aside, the really impressive part of Cohoes Falls is its width, at 1000′. After reading a bit, I guess you’re unlikely to see the falls at their full power, but I still found the falls to be rather impressive. From the viewpoints that I was able to visit, the only difficult was avoiding the power lines in the picture, which I think was essentially unavoidable. The power lines do fade into the picture, so I don’t really notice them. On weekends, it is possible to get down to the riverbed and view the falls differently, but it’s only for about four hours midday. (Check here for more info.)

Directions:

  1. There are so many different ways you could arrive at the falls, so I’m just going to give the general directions for the last few steps. Along the Mohawk River, there’s N Mohawk Street which also turns into Crescent Road further north.
  2. You want to end up on N Mohawk Street. If you end up at the intersection of Manor Avenue and N Mohawk Street, you’d want to head south just a short distance to the parking area for the falls. I’m pretty sure there was adequate signage when I visited.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 65′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Cohoes Falls

Cohoes Falls in July 2014

Where in the World is Cohoes Falls?

Upper Mine Lot Falls, New York

There are a number of interesting waterfalls in John Boyd Thatcher State Park east of Albany. The main waterfall of interest is Mine Lot Falls, which has a pretty big drop off a cliff. There happen to be a few other waterfalls in the park that don’t drop off that main cliff, and hence are smaller.

One of the smaller waterfalls is Upper Mine Lot Falls. This is on the same creek as Mine Lot Falls. Upper Mine Lot Falls is 12′ or so tall. This waterfall isn’t visited nearly as frequently as it’s larger brother, and that means you may have a more peaceful time there. I visited the falls in mid-July of 2014 and there was still a good volume of water flowing over the falls, so this waterfall seems to be more year-round in its existence.

Directions:

Honestly, looking at the roads here, it is one of the more complex set of directions, and could widely vary depending on where you’re coming from.  I would suggest typing in the following address into a GPS to find the location of John Boyd Thatcher State Park:

1 Hailes Cave Road
Voorheesville, NY 12186

NY-157 passes through the park.  The parking area for Upper Mine Lot Falls will be on the west side of the road. If you enter the park heading west, the parking area will be on the left (the Paint Mine parking lot).

From the parking lot, there is a short trail to the falls. I crossed the river (over a bridge?) to see the falls from the left side of the creek.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Length of Hike: ~0.15 miles round trip
Height: 12′

Upper Mine Lot Falls in July 2014

Where in the World is Upper Mine Lot Falls?