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How To Find The Best Waterfalls In New York [Complete Guide]

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While most people hear New York, they think about New York City. While we loved our weekend getaway to that magical place, we especially loved all the waterfalls in upstate New York! Here is a complete guide on how to find the best waterfalls in New York!

How to find the best waterfalls in New York

When we found out that we were going to be based in Upstate NY for the summer, I never thought that my summer would be filled with chasing waterfalls. I actually didn’t know too much about waterfalls before moving here. Just the fact that they were fun to stare at, swim in, and take beautiful photos of.

However, after living here and doing a little research I found out that not all waterfalls are the same. There are actually many different types of classifications. Before I bore you with my excitement of all the differences of waterfalls I’ll just leave this link right here. You can click on that and discover for yourself 😉 

NY state has more than 2,000 waterfalls in the state, say what?! Never knew that. Which is why I spent every free moment we had over the summer to scout them out! While this is not a guide to all the 2,000 waterfalls, this is a guide of how to find the best waterfalls in New York!

When To Search For The Best Waterfalls in New York

Obviously, spring time is the best time to go chasing waterfalls due to the rainfall. However, Upstate NY rains quite a bit during the summer. For example, we visited the Waverly Glen Park waterfall one day and it was completley dried up! I was devastated because this was the one that was closest to our home.

That night though, a huge storm rolled in and it down poured all night long. The next morning we drove back to that same waterfall that was bare the day before to witness a beautiful cascade of water tumbling over the dark rocks into the small stream…success! The moral of this story? Rain will inevitably come and keep the waterfalls going through the summer months.

Where to Search For Them-

The most popular ones will be located in State Parks and published on google maps. I would start there. If you are looking for the hidden gems though I recommend checking this website. They have put together a map that includes pictures, videos, and directions. It really was a huge help!

Waverly New York Waterfall

Instagram is a huge source

There are a couple of instagram accounts that are dedicated to the waterfalls on NY. For example, @waterfallsofupstatenewyork is a great account to follow! I would also find local adventurers that are currently exploring the area and follow along with their journey.

Ask the locals!

Everyone in Upstate NY is so friendly and will gladly give you tips on finding local waterfalls! Just remember to clean up after yourself and avoid private property signs. This waterfall that is shown before was found because we asked a local about waterfalls in the area. This one turned out to be one of our favorite ones!

Havana Glen, Upstate NY Waterfall, Fingerlakes

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