Lower Eagle Cliff Falls, New York

I previously discussed Eagle Cliff Falls, which is upstream from this smaller set of waterfalls. This smaller set of falls is a set of multiple drops, each about 3-8 feet tall. While Eagle Cliff Falls is taller, this is also just as interesting. They are also easier to access, as you don’t have to hike up the short trail to get to Eagle Cliff Falls. Even that trail is not significantly steep, but this can be viewed without much effort at all!

Directions:

  1. From the city of Montour Falls, head south on NY-14 for a very short distance.
  2. On your left, you will find Havana Glen Rd. Turn left onto Havana Glen Rd.
  3. There will be park and parking area off of Havana Glen Rd. to your right. Park in this area.
  4. You will pass the the baseball diamonds and head toward a sign in a remote corner of the park that will lead to the trail for Eagle Cliff Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

Lower Eagle Cliff Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Lower Eagle Cliff Falls?

Eagle Cliff Falls, New York

In Havana Glen, there is this interesting waterfall known as Eagle Cliff Falls. The waterfall is not nearly as tall or wide as some of the other falls in the area, nor is it as widely known. Maybe that’s what makes it so interesting. This was one of the few waterfalls in New York where there was no one else around.

It’s located in a park, and you may have to pay for entrance into the park at certain times, though when I was there, nobody was accepting payment. The hike to the falls is short, though it seems very secluded. As you hike along, you are hugging cliff walls. This trail may be closed until mid-May, as are many other waterfalls in the area. It’s still worth checking out, though.

Directions:

  1. From the city of Montour Falls, head south on NY-14 for a very short distance.
  2. On your left, you will find Havana Glen Rd. Turn left onto Havana Glen Rd.
  3. There will be park and parking area off of Havana Glen Rd. to your right. Park in this area.
  4. You will pass the the baseball diamonds and head toward a sign in a remote corner of the park that will lead to the trail for Eagle Cliff Falls.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 41′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Eagle Cliff Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is Eagle Cliff Falls?

NY-14 Falls #1, New York

A waterfall along NY-14 in May 2009

As I’m driving along in different places looking for waterfalls, every once in a while I spot waterfalls that are off on the side of the road. In some places, like North Carolina or Colorado, I couldn’t exactly stop to take photos of these often unmentioned falls because of the insanely winding roads lacking pulloffs.

So I was pleasantly surprised to find at least three smaller waterfalls along New York route 14 that I could actually stop and photograph. These might not even be of significance to many, but I still think they’re cool. I visited this area near Watkins Glen in early May, and based on the level of water, these waterfalls are likely seasonal. They are also not as big as many of the other waterfalls in the area. Even so, I think all waterfalls are at least moderately interesting, so pay attention to these surprises.

Directions:

  1. As you’re driving south on NY-14 from Watkins Glen toward Montour Falls, these three waterfalls will be on your right. All three of the waterfalls I photographed were north of Aunt Sarah’s Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: ~40′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is NY-14 Falls #1?

She-Qua-Ga Falls, New York

I envy the person whose property is right near She-Qua-Ga Falls. She-Qua-Ga Falls is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York that does not require a difficult or complicated walk along a gorge trail to view. The falls are in plain sight in the town of Montour Falls.

There is not really any trek to the falls except for a very enjoyable stroll around the city. It’s beautiful to see She-Qua-Ga Falls with Victorian-style homes in the foreground. It’s just a great sight to see, and easy to view too!!

Directions:

  1. The easiest way to access She-Qua-Ga Falls and see other falls at the same time is to drive south on NY-14 toward Montour Falls from Watkins Glen.
  2. As you’re driving along, you’ll see signs for the falls. To view the falls, you can turn onto Genesee Street.
  3. You may not be able to park on Genesee Street, so we ended up parking on Main Street, I believe, which runs perpendicular to Genesee.
  4. From there the falls will be right in front of you, and the walk is on very level land.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 156′
Length of Hike: 0.1 miles round-trip

She-Qua-Ga Falls in May 2009

Where in the World is She-Qua-Ga Falls?

Aunt Sarah’s Falls, New York

Aunt Sarah’s Falls in May 2009

Aunt Sarah’s Falls, while right of the road, is apparently very easy to miss, at least from certain directions. As we were driving south on NY-14 from Watkins Glen to Montour Falls, I missed the falls. Only when driving out did I actually notice that there was a falls.

During the spring, there are other falls that cascade down the cliffs along the western side of NY-14. I have pictures of three of them, and I’m guessing that they probably dry up during the summer.

Directions:

  1. Aunt Sarah’s Falls is a roadside waterfall, directly off of NY-14 just as you are entering the village of Montour Falls (coming from Watkins Glen). There is a roadside park on the opposite side of the road with a sign indicating that this is Aunt Sarah’s Falls.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 90′ (visible portion)
Length of Hike: Roadside

Where in the World is Aunt Sarah’s Falls?