Twin Falls, New York

Twin Falls in May 2009

The hike to Twin Falls (also referred to as Templar Falls) is short, but it’s a steep one. It’s not really that hard, but you’re going to have to essentially maneuver your way down the hill that leads to the river Twin Falls is found on. There is an easier way to view the top half of the falls, but that isn’t very exciting, especially since it’s advertised as having two parts!

It doesn’t take that long to get to the falls. Just keep track of where you came down, because you’re going to have to go back up! I think I came down the clearest route I could find, and then had to jump over rocks to get upstream to see the better view of the falls. It’s a fun experience for a smaller waterfall. This waterfall is relatively near other waterfalls, but is still secluded enough that you won’t encounter many others at this falls.

Directions:

  1. Head north on NY-14 from Watkins Glen.
  2. Turn left onto Bath Street, which will turn into County Line Road.
  3. After about 2.5 miles, turn left onto Van Zandt Hollow Road. This will merge into Templar Road.
  4. Shortly after merging onto Templar Road, you should notice a sign indicating the Finger Lakes Trail on your right. Park right here, as the falls are right on the river near you.
  5. Explore a little bit. You may find the first falls, and then you can figure out how to get down to see the whole falls.

Accessibility: 4/10 (moderate/strenuous)
Height: 25′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Where in the World is Twin 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?

The Narrows, New York

The Narrows in May 2009

Watkins Glen is a beautiful set of waterfalls in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It’s just too bad the whole Gorge Trail wasn’t open when we visited in early May. Only the first third of the Gorge Trail was open, but we still got to see some great waterfalls.

The Narrows is a group of small drops that are forced through a very narrow gap in between the rocks that form Watkins Glen. As the water flows through The Narrows, it erodes the rocks into extremely interesting formations.

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. The Narrows can be seen from the Gorge Trail.

Accessibility: 9/10 (easy)
Height: 6′
Length of Hike: up to 3 miles round-trip

Where in the World is The Narrows?