From the intersection of NY 12 and NY 28 in Alder Creek,
drive northeast on NY 28 to Forestport. After crossing
the Forestport Reservoir, take a right on the exit ramp.
Continue to merge on the Woodhull Road. As you go
through Forestport Station, take a right on the Bardwell
Mills Road. You will come to a corner where the Bardwell
Mills Road exits right, but you should continue straight
and you will be on the Lake Julia Road. In a little
over 1/2 mile, turn left on the Muthig Road. This
becomes the Roberts Road. You will come to a sign
on the left for the "Black River Public Fishing Stream".
Drive about 1-1/4 miles down this dirt road.
||N 43° 23' 50.47"
||W 75° 08' 19.90"
||Southeast of Forestport
|Length of hike:
As mentioned in the directions side-bar, there is a NYS DEC sign at the corner showing that this is the Black
River Public Fishing Stream. When we were there the
first time, there was also a sign identifying this road as a Jeep
Trail, Private Road. We subsequently found out that all
the land on both sides of the road was private but that the road
About 1-1/4 mile down this road, there is a parking area.
There are two trails leading from that. Either trail will
get you there, but the left trail is the most direct route to
the falls. Although
this is one of only two USGS officially named waterfalls in Oneida
County, it is not a very big one, maybe a three foot drop.
It is important to
note that this trail must be on the edge of state land, because
trees adjacent to the trees sporting the DEC markers, held "Private
Property No Trespassing" signs. Also, about 200' downstream
from the waterfall, it appeared that we were looking over the crest
of another drop. Since this was on posted land, we didn't
follow up on it.
Since our trip, the owners of this land downstream found this
entry and contacted us. We hope to return there in June.
The Black River empties into Lake Ontario at the Black River
Bay, just southwest of the village of Dexter.
Last update: May 5, 2016