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?

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NY-14 Falls #2, New York

The second unnamed falls on NY route 14 (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 #2?

NY-14 Falls #3, New York

As I mentioned when discussing NY-14 Falls #1, as you’re driving along NY-14 from Watkins Glen to Montour Falls, you’ll find a number of smaller waterfalls that aren’t really reported. Sometimes smaller waterfalls go to the wayside when near larger waterfalls. These three waterfalls are all very pretty, and are extremely easy to visit as they’re right off of NY-14. I’m guessing these waterfalls might only be flowing in late winter, spring, or after a heavy rainfall.

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: 25′
Length of Hike: roadside

A waterfall along NY-14 (May 2009)

Where in the World is NY-14 Falls #3?

Cavern Cascade, New York

Cavern Cascade in May 2009

I was thinking about Cavern Cascade, and realized that it isn’t actually a cascade, but instead a plunge waterfall. A cascade usually has multiple drops due to rock steps. I didn’t see any rock steps…But that’s an aside.

The waterfall is actually very cool. It was one of the waterfalls that I saw in Watkins Glen State Park, considering that only the first third of the Gorge Trail was open when I visited in early May. It’s difficult to miss this waterfall if you walk along the Gorge Trail, as the trail leads directly BEHIND the falls. You’re sure to get wet!!!

Directions:

  1. Watkins Glen State Park is directly off of NY-14 in Watkins Glen.
  2. Pay the state park entrance fee, and then park.
  3. Cavern Cascade can be seen from the Gorge Trail.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 43′
Length of Hike: up to 3 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Cavern Cascade?

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?

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?