Top 5 Waterfalls to Watch for in Central New York

Chittenango Falls distant view

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a mighty waterfall. It’s one of the best ways to explore the great outdoors of Central New York. Whether you’re a season waterfall chaser or just a fan, here are five of our favorites.

Rexford Falls

This 75-foot waterfall is an easy find, located right off Route 80 in Sherburne, New York.  Rexford Falls is a perfect place to have a picnic or to bring the children so they can explore the outdoors.

The pedestrian bridge stretches from Mad Brook gorge to Rexford Falls. The bridge gets visitors to the trail that leads them to the bottom of the falls.

The further you travel down the waterway, the closer you get to the sulfur spring, whose water has been used to help cure different skin ailments.

Location: Rexford Falls, Rexford Falls Rd, Sherburne, NY 13460

Canajoharie Falls

Take in the aesthetics of autumn in Montgomery County at Wintergreen Park and Gorge. Nestled back in the forest, travelers can check out the 45-foot Canajoharie Falls along with other cascades that break away from it. The quarter-mile scenic trail is the perfect place for a casual hike. These falls can be visited at any time of year and viewed from the scenic trail or observation deck.

Location: Wintergreen Park Road, Canajoharie, NY 13317

Mine Kill Falls

Schoharie County is the home to Mine Kill State Park, regarded as the perfect place for kayaking, fishing and, most importantly, hiking.

If you are looking for a longer exploration route that takes a little more will power, Mine Kill Falls is for you. Tucked down a 2.6-mile trail is the 80-foot waterfall that cascades down a narrow gorge.

It is a steep trek to get to the bottom of the falls, but it is worth the journey to capture its picturesque essence.

Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also welcome at the park, which is perfect for those who are looking to take an adventure during the winter. 

Location: 161 Minekill Road, North Blenheim, NY 12131

Judds Falls

Most recognized for its golf courses, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and for being a classic small town full of history, Cooperstown makes for an ideal weekend vacation spot. What many people tend to overlook are the beautiful hiking areas Otsego County has to offer. One of the best spots is Judds Falls.

Back in 1832 to 1858, Reuben Judd owned a water-powered wool mill next to the falls. As years went on, many other mills developed there as well which is why the 135-foot Judds Falls is known to hold a great amount of history from this industrial era. If the outdoors and history intrigue you, Judds Falls is a go-to destination.  

Location: Salt Springville Road, Cherry Valley, NY 13320

Chittenango Falls

Located in the small town of Cazenovia, Chittenango Falls State Park is home to the popular 167-foot waterfall. The water flows through bedrock that is over 40 million years old.

In the mid-1800s, the falls brought in mills and factories that were built alongside the waterway which grew different industries in the community. After multiple owners and eventually being handed over to the state, the falls still hold popularity within the area.

This hiking route is not difficult, so it makes for an ideal place for the family and pets. If you’re feeling adventurous and viewing the waterfall up close is your mission, then take a journey down the hundreds of steps to see the spectacular view from the bottom. 

Location: 2300 Rathbun Road, Cazenovia, NY 13035